Friday, June 19, 2015

Matchy Matchy Part II

This is the second of the matched sets we made.  

His is a Kwik Sew 575 shirt and Simplicity 7146 trunks.

The fabric is Robert Kaufman Retro Cameras.

Despite starting with the same yardage, there was a lot less fabric left over for my suit.

I used Sew Lovely B70 for the top.  
It is a bra pattern so the pieces are much smaller than the Simplicity 1426 beach tops.

I like that it provides more coverage and support than a standard triangle bikini top but it's great for using up tiny scraps of fabric. It stays put perfectly when you move around.

Rather than standard sewn-in over-the-shoulder straps I made button-on criss-cross straps.  The buttons, zipper, linings, and seam binding all came from the stash.

The back band is shirred with elastic in the center.  
It is stitched down on one side and clips in with pants hooks on the other.

The Advance 3169 bikini bottoms are fully lined and I did that semi-complicated thing where you sandwich the zipper between the layers.  I'm so proud.

By the time you read this we'll be off the beach and back in Fogville, shivering in the perpetual fall.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Matchy Matchy Part I

As I think I've mentioned before, my husband also sews.  Each year before Tiki Oasis he makes a few cabana sets. For last year's Tiki O he made sets with Robert Kaufman's This And That.  He used Rotary Phones in black and white and Retro Cameras in black, red and gray.  (I'll show you the camera set in the next post.)

His favorite shirt pattern is Kwik Sew 575.  It goes together fast and the collar is fairly uncomplicated.  He prefers the trunks from Simplicity 7146.  They have a drawstring instead of a belt and the legs are a bit roomier than the Kwik Sew.

With the leftover scraps, I made myself a matching bikini.  I used Advance 3169 for the bikini bottom. The top is the reissue of Simplicity 1426 view C, with the criss-cross straps from view B. Zippers, buttons, lining, and contrast fabric are all from the stash.

The top was really easy to put together but I found it to be very slouchy and unsupportive after the first wear.  Unpicking the bottom band and adding heavy weight interfacing inside the band and inserting stiff swim bra cups helped considerably.  It's much more perky now.  With these corrections I could almost wear it without the straps despite my C+ cup size.

We took these photos while on holiday in South Carolina. Look at all that sunshine!

I can barely keep my eyes open!

What a wonderful thing to be WARM in the summertime!  It's pure bliss.