I have achieved one of those holy grails of motherhood...all three children in swimming lessons at the same time! Which leaves me with little excuse not to get in and do a few laps myself. I always find it easier to get on and exercise if I am dressed for the part, so I made myself some sporty swimmers.
The fabrics: just came from stash remnants of nylon lycra.
The patterns: Last year, when I was thinking about starting a pattern company, beginning with bikini patterns, I drafted a heap of different base patterns. When my free pattern was sewn up by, oh, all of zero people, I shelved the idea. The advantage of the process is that I now have a bundle of patterns to choose from for myself. The bottoms here are a pair that sit low on the waist, have wide sides and a low leg line at the front and cut across the cheek at the back. The CB seam allows for a close fit at the back, so whilst they are on the skimpy side, they sit firmly in place. No riding up, no tugging, no pulling. Possibly the back rise could be a smidge higher, because whilst there is no bum crack actually on display, it is only a bee's dick away. I wear a swim shirt over the top, so no biggie.
The crop top is adapted from Jalie 2563. Truth be known, I am not too fond of the crop top as a bikini, because there seems to be too much fabric on the top half, compared with the bottom half. (Of course, this is less of a problem for pear shapes...the photo above shows my difference in sizes top to bottom). I counteracted this a little by scooping out and widening the neckline of the original pattern.
One of my sisters did question my choice in style, thinking that bikinis were impractical for the vigorous activity of butterfly and tumble turns. My swimming does not actually involve either butterfly or tumble turns. In fact, up until this point, my triangle bikini and swim shirt have been adequate for the task, though I did always check the triangles before taking off my shirt!
My daughter did tell me that although they were good swimmers, she wouldn't advise that I wear them out, to like, a party or anything. Can't say that I was planning on any party going in these. She went onto to say...(here I was fully expecting to hear...because it shows your big, wobbly belly)...because the grey colour was not really pretty. Actually, she is right. The grey is not all that flattering. Anyway, I think they look a bit sporty, so if I wear them to the pool, I am more likely to get off that banana chair and into the water.