Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Floral malliot bathers

It's hard to resist a fabulous lycra print that is a heavy weight and supportive, hence my newest malliot. Pitt Trading still has more great prints, including this print 'wild rose' in store.
Finished: fully lined, double straps and includes bust support with cups.
I've used the basic Spaghetti strap swimsuit pattern from Kwik Sew's Swim & Action Wear book by Kerstin Martensson published in 1995 (ISBN 0-913212-18-0 if you want to get this from a library). This is the first time I've used this book.
The information is still accurate so if you don't have an overlocker, you can sew swimwear on your sewing machine.
This is my 4th bathers I've made this week and love this pair the best because I made this as close to RTW as I could.
The back has a centre back seam, perfect for shaping to your curves. 

Below you can see the sewn in cups to the bust shelf lining layer. 

Using double straps was an idea I had because my shoulders slope downwards.
I've also moved the straps closer to the centre back seam, again for more shoulder safety.
This test version shows how I've set up the lining so you can remove the lining. In reality I'll probably use this feature to change the cups, as required. This shelf area is also where you'll have to remove the sand if you actually wear these at the beach.
I count this as my 3rd pair of bathers.
Above is my test pair using stash fabric. The powermesh lining from Pitt Trading used on this pair was sewn in at the side seams but I found this pulls a bit so on the floral pair, I've only sewn the lining at the elastic edges.

On the pattern I exaggerated the curve on the rear to cover my rear better. After wear the test pair, I raised the back neckline by 1.5cm. This was personal preference. The book is filled with lots of designer touches to help you be creative. I like the idea of lowering the back and adding lacing!

I do love this pair the best, paired with sun-kissed skin.


Thanks Pitt Trading for getting in great lycra prints. Love your power mesh too #supportive.

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