Revisiting Jalie 3247
Before Christmas Courteney requested a new bikini. I didn't think too much of it until a week before Christmas when I was struggling to find a something to top up her gift. Surprisingly I did have a bit of time left to make said bikini and also even everything I needed in my stash. She particularly liked the last bikini I made using Jalie 3247 which strictly speaking is not a swimwear pattern but easy enough to adapt.
I started with a remnant of fabric left over from a pair of jammers of Joel's from his squad days. There was just enough fabric to make a top. I actually ran my fabric choice past her brothers at the time and they quickly vetoed my choice, reasoning that it was quite juvenile. Hmmm, not to be deterred, I decided to run the fabric past the recipient herself, who actually saw the fun side of the fabric and agreed I had made the right choice. So much for this being a surprise!
Because this pattern is designed to be made with fold over elastic, I added seam allowances to all of the edges on the pattern and used swimwear elastic for durability. I fully lined the entire top and butchered a new bra, that I hastily bought without trying on and didn't fit, for the foam. I sandwiched this between both layers in the top and topstitched down.
To make the straps, I used the normal rouleaux straps pattern and stitched 8mm rubber swimwear elastic onto them before turning them through. This ensured the straps were durable enough for the rigours of actual swimming which was the whole purpose of this style of suit in the first place.
For the pants, I used my tnt underwear and bikini bottom pattern, McCall's 5400, which I also fully lined. This pattern has been used so many times now, I have lost count but it is always my go to bikini bottom pant pattern of choice.