Shorts Size S
Tankini Top Size S
Love, love, love these patterns!
I haven't had a new swimsuit in several years. I have never enjoyed swimsuit shopping. It is just hard to find something that fits well and is comfortable and modest. Jalie you are awesome!
The top has a shelf bra, which I made in the solid black. This fabric was a little thicker than the printed fabric, so I thought that would work best there.
While assembling the yoke piece, I attached a half inch strip of clear elastic to the seam allowance to keep the front secure. I read a few reviews that mentioned a little gaping here, maybe when wet, so I figured it wouldn't hurt just to put some in.
I had to cut off about 3.5 inches from the straps. I safety pinned them in, tried it on, and then sewed the straps down once I got a good fit. I removed 2 inches from the length of the top.
The shorts have a side pocket and an inner bikini too, which I made from the printed fabric.
I do have some extra fabric left, so I will make up the skirted bikini too. I wasn't sure which I would like best, but now that the top and bottoms are together, I love the look!
Technically, it is a pretty easy sew. Jalie's instructions are always well written and illustrated. The last step of assembly of the shorts, attaching shorts, bikini and band, take some thought to wrap your head around. What this does is sandwich the seam in between everything so you don't see it or feel it on your skin. I actually made one of my girls this same swimsuit, but made the shorts in too small of a size. I kept it as a visual example just for this step so I can refer to it. I will be making this swimsuit a lot for the 3 of us! I will blog about their suits once I make one for my other daughter.
Fabric purchased from The Fabric Fairy. Wow, what an impressive selection of fabrics they have!
I have a new camera now, so we are experimenting with photos. Instead of being photographed a 100 times, I'm just going with what we take and figuring it out as we go along.
Next I want to jump right back into jean sewing and maybe enter another pair in the Pattern Review jeans contest!
Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley