Sewing bloggers often refer to their fabric stash, or their pattern stash...but the last year or so, I feel that it was my ideas stash that was weighing me down. I have so many things that I want to try, that I was consciously shutting out new inspirations...which is not a great place to be, because inspiration is the fun bit. So, mentally, I have been trying to de-clutter the ideas stash. It is time to hold the ideas up to the light and either discard or execute or file away.
This project is one that I had to execute...even knowing that the results would probably never been worn.
A vintage bathing suit. Well, probably not vintage in any formal sense of the word. The pattern was published in 1973.
The bikini brief comes in hip sizes 28 - 40. I measure a 40 but made the 36, after comparing the pattern to my other patterns. The patterns suggest a knit fabric with 50% crosswise stretch, and my fabric has a greater stretch than that.
The sewing instructions were good. The seam allowances were sensible and varied with the seams. There were no directions to use an overlocker or coverstitch machine, but I wanted to test the pattern more than the directions, so I did use them. There was a suggestion to use "Perky Bond Plus fusible interfacing"...not a notion that I have ever come across, but it sounds fabulously useful!
The verdict? Well, the fit of the halter is not great. The halter is attached to a band and the gathering is not in the best spot for me. I think I prefer my own halter pattern.
The pattern illustration suggests that the bottoms are low cut, although they are not as low cut as modern bikinis. Full cheek coverage. Just how photographs of 70's bikinis look.
This swimsuit did get a strong "reaction" from my family. Not sure if it was shock or laughter. Someone asked if I was wearing it to a costume party. I'm not sure where this notion of swimmers and parties comes from, but it seems to be a talking point around here.
I'm glad I made it up though. Now there's a little more space for a new idea.