Friday, January 29, 2010

As Promised...

Here is a little "action shot" showing how well my new bathing suit (made with sewing pattern 2916) did in the fun Salvadorian waves and a closeup of the back, which is what makes it special.

Since there was no lining in the upper front (because the fabric did not have the best stretch, we did not line the entire front like the unitard pattern calls for), we decided to use a little trick we learned from a local skater mom. I picked and old (and ugly) beige bra that we sewed to the front (where the straps are) and at the back (where the first loop is). To know where to sew the bra, I simply wore it underneath the bathing suit, dear mom marked the front and back edges onto the bra, sewed the bra where it should be and I cut (it does feel weird to cut a bra, but it was for a good cause!) whatever exceeded the edges.

I was very pleased with the result. Even though the bra doesn't have much padding, its wire helps for shaping and it acts as a very good lining where it's needed. Thank you Francine for this clever advice!

One thing I forgot to mention: Since the unitard is design for dancing/skating where more length is needed, and because a wet bathing suit always feels longer, we shortened the pattern by 1/2'' in the front and back (since I was not planning on doing any somersaults, bridges or other crazy contortions) when we overlapped the panties and bodice pieces.

While I was there, I saw a girl wearing a faux-tankini (one-piece with panties and bodice of different colors). I could easily have achieved this look with the unitard pattern, keeping the seam at the waist.

I really enjoyed this little vacation and couldn't wait to see Henri when I got back!!! Now... Back in creative mode for the next collection. If you have any special request for the next collection, please post them in the comments or email us.

Friday, January 15, 2010

A Little Vacation...

After this crazy new collection rush, we are taking a few days off. I will be on the sandy beaches of El Salvador recharging my batteries to get our creative juices flowing when we reopen on January 26. This will be my first vacation without Henri (thanks mom!)... I'm going to miss him soooo much!

Meanwhile if you need some patterns, the following stores should have the patterns you need:
I will be packing mostly bikinis for the week, but I wanted to have a one-piece suit, just in case. As usual, I called mom to the rescue for some last-minute sewing. We taped 2916 bodice to 2800 panties (I didn't want a seam at the waist) and I now have a cute one-piece with a pinch front and spaghetti straps that criss-cross across the open back. Not great for sun bathing, but much more fun than a sporty speedo-type. Also, it's made from fabric that has been in our stash for ages... and it FITS! Can't beat that!

I will share pics of the pattern and of the bathing suit (flat on the table... not on me... unless I come back with an amazing tan and boosted confidence!).