Category Archives: swimwear

Summer is here!

I’m so behind on reading blogs! It’s really tough to keep up in the summer since I spend most of my spare time at the beach 🙂

I “drafted” this bikini last summer by holding the fabric against my body, taking some measurements, and then transferring them to paper. I’m not sure if this is a proper method, but stretch fabric is just so forgiving that I don’t think it really matters! I tweaked the pattern a bit for this year, but it’s very similar: ruching at the back, keyholes with ties at the sides of the bottoms and at the center of the top. I used Sophie’s method for the straps  – a brilliant method of keeping the seam line at the back of the strap. I didn’t make them detachable, though. The straps ended up being really sturdy! They passed the test of my two-year-old niece tugging on them – no flashing!

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I used white swimsuit fabric as lining since the lining fabric at my local chain store was crazy expensive and looked really cheap. I got both the lining and the outer fabric from The Fabric Fairy. I highly recommend them – this swim fabric feels high quality and the prices are low. Even their shipping prices to Canada are pretty reasonable if you order enough for several swimsuits at a time.

I wasn’t brave enough to model the practice swimsuit I made last year, but after seeing so many swimsuits popping up around the blogs, I had to join in! I decided to take the pictures from a distance and keep my face covered, though. That makes it okay, right? Ha!

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I thought this tree would be a perfect spot for a picture, but it was slippery and I almost fell in!

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Baby duckies!!!

 

So, this is a bit late…

I made a bathing suit back in July, but never got around to posting about it. I was too busy going to the beach. Oops! It’s sort of self-drafted, if you can call wrapping fabric around you, measuring, and guessing drafting!

Polka Dot Bikini

Polka Dot Bikini

Keyhole tie and ruching at the side of the leg

Polka Dot Bikini

It’s kind of tough to see how it looks from the photos, but I’m not brave enough to model a bathing suit on the Internet!

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My pattern pieces, including lining. It almost looks like a real pattern, ha ha!

The fabric is from Hart’s fabric, but I was really disappointed when it arrived because the colours were much more fluorescent and juvenile in person. So I decided to use it as a wearable muslin.

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Then I found some fabric I absolutely love from The Fabric Fairy! The batik on the right is just gorgeous in person with interesting colour variations.

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I was planning on making up a “good” version of this bathing suit, but I couldn’t decide if I liked the bottoms enough, or if I should do a skirt version instead. Plus, I was afraid to cut into fabric I liked so much. I guess I have all of fall/winter to decide now!

P.S.  Notice the dress form in the first picture? I finally got one! It’s not a real one, just decorative, and way cheaper ($70 at Winners) than the adjustable ones at Fabricland ($200 on sale).  But it’s pretty close to my size (an inch bigger in the bust and waist, plus an inch shorter in the upper torso, which is the same as the adjustable ones at Fabricland anyway) so I figure I can use it for draping looser fitting wovens and knits. I’m seriously tempted to get Draping: The Complete Course after reading so many great reviews, but I’m worried my dress form won’t work for it. Anyone else considering buying that book without a fancy dress form?