The prospect of celebrating Christmas by the water made me realise I needed something festive so I’ve used the last piece of my red marakesh fabric from Pitt Trading for a new pair of bathers.
Kwik Sew’s Swim and Action Wear book has a classic princess line swimsuit that I tested using a possible Christmas colour – green.The green test version is wearable and this version gave me the tweaks I needed to make the marakesh bathers work.
This test version is not lined and uses three lycra remnants of varying weights.The green wave print is a lighter-weight knit to the solid colour fabrics so it should have had a second layer underlining it to balance its weight against the other fabrics. Live and learn.
On swimwear, I also exaggerate the derriere curve as you can see on the test pair above. I added the bust cups to the soft bust shelf.
|I joined the crotch piece to the front to eliminate this seam.
On this test version
– I realised that cutting the medium size was a tad too big, so I sewed in the centre back and side seams.
– the princess line seam at the armhole was loose so I sewed this seam in closer
– I shortened the straps but then had to lower the armhole curve.
These changes were added to the pattern pieces.
The things I couldn’t fix on the green test version:
– angle in the straps so they don’t slip off my shoulders
– fully line this next version. I don’t like unpicking lots of overlocking so the test version remained unlined but is usable.
Before adding the elastic finishing, I try on my bathers.
The derriere curve is lower on this pair too. It’s now a standard adjustment I do on the paper pattern at the start of the project.
Here are the finished pattern pieces with all the elastic lengths noted and the stitch lengths for future reference.
I love the lycra print fabrics Pitt Trading bought this year. They brought in a stack a medium weight lycra prints and they’re perfect for supportive bathers.
I know I was supposed to save the rest of this Marrikest knit fabric from Pitt Trading for a new pair of bathers but I changed my mind and whipped up this top on afternoon.I was feeling cold again #Winter.
|Finished front view
|Finished back view
What did I change?
The top has a tie bit on the front bodice. I didn’t include this feature. I just wanted a top with no fuss.
|Neckline progress view
The fold over picot edge elastic was too pretty to not use again on the neckline.
The hem for this top is the same as the pattern, so if you’re average height or taller, extend the hem for the top.
|Photos taken by my SIL
How long did this take to make?
With the overlocker and twin needle on the sewing machine, this top took 2 hours to make from cutting the fabric to hemming it.
Thanks again to Pitt Trading for these knit fabrics and notions. I’ve had lots of success with their knit fabrics as has Susan and Jillan. They’re highly creative sewers.
PS: The rasant thread is a dream to sew with.