Friday, March 30, 2012
Swimsuit Contest -- I Made It!!
After a month of barely any sewing at all, I managed to get most of the evening free last night to work on my entry for the Pattern Review Swimsuit Contest. Just in time to beat tomorrow's deadline.
Whew! I traced the pattern before dinner last night, and started cutting and then sewing at about 9pm. At 12:10, I was zigzagging the very last bit of elastic in place. Three hours from start to finish. Not bad. Not bad at all. And the result is very nice indeed.
I used the new Jalie swimsuit pattern 3134, and since Jalies usually fit me pretty well, I took a chance and just made my usual size: the smallest Women's size, which in this case was an R.
I didn't have any muslin fabric anyway, but when I saw what a tiny bit of fabric this swimsuit took, my trepidation faded away like frost in sunlight. Out of a 1 yard piece of the orange and a 1 yard piece of the gray, I have enough left over to make at least 2 or 3 more suits. Which I probably will, with different color block combinations.
The tracing of the pattern was a little interesting, since there are 6 pieces that make up this suit, and I managed to leave off a couple of rather important notches when I traced. Minor problem, easily solved.
I will say, though, that all those pieces went together beautifully. And I thought the instructions were excellent. I did download and print them from Jalie's website rather than try to read them from the giant pattern sheet.
I like everything about this swimsuit. The only thing I might change next time around is making the straps about an inch or so longer. I think this suit might be a bit more comfortable if there is just a little more length to it.
I really needed something to wear while kayaking and this swimsuit perfectly fits the bill. It's pretty comfortable, has good coverage, the t-straps won't slide off my shoulders (and the more I kayak, the more sloped my shoulders get), and it's pretty, too.
I just ordered some pink floral nylon/lycra for Daughter (it has to be pink, ya know -- and from Fabric.com, of course) so I'll be making one for her, too. I'll probably lengthen her straps as well, since that long torso kinda runs in the family.