Swimwear Mash Up
There is something about blogging about your swimwear makes that is extremely confronting. I don't know why, because I will happily wear them at the pool or the beach with no concerns, but putting pictures up on the internet just doesn't sit well with me. This is why this suit has been waiting to be blogged since August. I did take photographs on my holiday, snapped quickly at the pool with onlookers, but on returning home rejected them. Anyway, yesterday was a beautiful spring day with temperatures in the late twenties, so it was time to bite the bullet.
The fabric that I used for these was bought from Lincraft probably around 4 years ago now so it was time it was used. I really liked the weight of it as it was quite thick for nylon lycra and didn't have huge amounts of stretch.
I had seen lots of versions of Kiwk Sew 3609 on the internet and all of them I have liked. I wanted a one piece suit so my plan was to blend two patterns together. Jalie 3350, was the second pattern that came to mind for the lower half of the suit because I have used some of it before, and I can usually rely on Jalie for fit.
I lined the entire front of the suit using swimwear lining and also butchered an old bra for the cups and stitched these between the two layers in the bodice. I added elastic under the bust to ensure a snug fit.
Despite my reservations about photographing these, I am really happy with the results and hope to get a lot of use out of them over the summer. Would I make this pattern up again? I have to say definitely! It did take a little bit of figuring out how to fold the fabric to get the bodice knot working properly and deciding how long the body needed to be also was a bit of a puzzle but on the whole the suit was pretty easy to construct. Roll on summer!