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A little bit more...

Still sewing bikinis here!  They will be the last pair for a little bit, as I have run out of elastic!  This time, I went for more of the bustier style top that seems fashionable at the moment.


Amy from Cloth Habit and I swapped bra patterns a little whilst back.  I used her long-line, wire-less pattern as my starting point for these.  Instead of using her cup pattern, I covered some foam cups that were a size too small for me.  Being a size too small, I did not want to use them for a bra, but I thought that they would be okay in a wireless swimsuit.


It might be a little bit difficult to see in this photo, but the centre front panel is lined with a non-stretch tricot, to maintain the shape of the cups and offer more support.  I have used bra channeling to help hold the shape also, and to cover the seam allowances, but I have not inserted any wires into this channeling.


I eliminated the back closure.  For the straps, I did not have any elastic in the width that I wanted, so I covered a strip of power mesh.


When I was cutting out the bottoms, I could not decide which style would look best on me proportion wise, with this top, so I hedged my bets and added a wide band to the top.  This band is similar to the band on top of some yoga pants.  This way, I can fold it to the height I want.


Un-folded,  they look like waist-high bikinis.

Fully folded, it is like having a hip band around the bikini.

I will wear them a few times before I decide the height I like and tack into place.  I may even ruche the band.  Ah, the versatility!


11 comments:

  1. Beautiful colours in the fabric for swimmers - love the versatility of the waist band...J

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  2. Great top pattern... I love this look. Do you finish them with your overstitch machine?

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    1. Hello Summer Flies,

      Sometimes I finish them with my coverstitch, sometimes with the zig-zag on my regular machine. I am sewing on the dining room table at the moment, so it depends on what I have set up, how much other mess is on the table, and what colour threads I have on hand. I'm happy with either method of finishing.

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  3. I really like this style of top! Very stylish & you did a beautiful job on this set. It's freezing and rainy in the northern hemisphere so I'm jealous of the awesome swimming weather you guys are having :)

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  4. I LOVE this one. Both the top and bottom. I especially like the band on the bottoms. If I ever get the nerve up to make a bikini, I'm copying this one. Hope that's okay! :D

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  5. I really like this style. Can I ask where the fabric is from. I need a new one piec this summer. My bikini wearing days ended in about 85!

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    1. Hello Gail,

      The fabric is from EmmaOneSock. She doesn't stock swimwear lycra very often though.

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  6. Wow, this is flattering and beautiful and I love that gorgeous fabric.

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  7. Ooh, I like the idea of having a movable hip band to change lengths. That's the kind of bikini I think I could get away with.

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  8. They're absolutely lovely! I'm making the Ginger bikini by Ohhh Lulu at the moment. Tried to finish before holidays but didn't make it...

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  9. You make the best swimwear. I love the foldable waistband idea.

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