It’s that time!
We have a little community pool out here in this part of the high desert. Before we move, I’ve been taking the boys almost everyday since it opened for the season. They love the water, and I love sitting, knitting and soaking up vitamin D… With the occasional jump in!
This suit is a modified Watson. I kept both top and bottom pretty true to the pattern, just editing a little. I was really inspired by a couple creations on Kollabura, along with the initial inspiration on Free People. (also I decided to add this as an entry to the Bernina Stitchin Summer contest at Kollabura)
What changes did I make? To start with I added a high waistband to the panty. It ended up being around 4″ added. I don’t like showing my stretch marks. I’m just not that comfortable with it. When high waisted came back into fashion I jumped right in (you may remember my first foray into suit sewing). I also added a thigh band at the leg junction. This came about because I am not into showing that much cheek either. It turned out to be a great idea. I made the leg bands smaller and a little snug and omitted the elastic that the original pattern called for at the legs.
Where did I get my fabric? Well, I started with this rash guard and bikini bottoms from J.Crew. I ordered it last year, because this is a Liberty of London collaboration that was awesome. They went on sale and I grabbed a set. But discovered, I didn’t really like wearing the rash guard. Then, I lost just enough mass to make the bottoms ill fitting and that’s only cute in little girls under the age of 8…
I was going to take the suit in to a consignment shop and resell it. But it occurred to me that the rash guard provided just enough fabric to make this into a custom fit bikini!
Next, the top. I kept the cups the same as the original Watson and the band is mostly the same. I took out the bra closure and just seamed the band as one piece. I wanted this to go over my head, and be a clean edge. I really love all the strappy stuff going on over at Free People. I ended up doing what my inspiring Kollabura friends (here and here) did and went with the modified racer back strap-tastic experience. I started out using Sophie’s strap guide. But ended up omitting the elastic on the inside in all the straps except the one that wrapped around the back of the neck. I also choose to do a 3 strap wrap. I used my dress form to place the straps, so that the length was right. They need a slight adjustment still. But, it is very slight.
Ta Da! It doesn’t look fabulous on hangars…
It also ended up being a bit of a mess on the inside. I was having trouble with the lining and the swim material and the elastic. I think my sewing machine is getting tired too. It’ll recover, it’s just I really abuse my machine and am often switching from heavy laminate projects to delicate under garments in the same day. My stock pile of needles is pretty crazy.
But it looks fabulous on. And it is SUPER comfortable. I feel really confident in this suit and that is what we all want in summer bikini’s right?
The other adjustment I need to make is to bar tack the straps where they meet, so the front doesn’t end up crooked. It moves around a little and I didn’t notice until I was looking at the photos later that they are slightly off. Something I would notice, but not something everyone else sees.
Also, after doing the jump in test I discovered another adjustment in order to keep my bewbs in the suit when shooting back up to the surface from the bottom of the 10 ft spot.
Overall, I am really pleased with how this turned out. And honestly it wasn’t that hard to wrap my head around. I would like to try a couple of the other strappy ideas for some regular undergarments.