So, I announced that the winner of the Bosses over at The Monthly Stitch (and any of my other friends following this blog, if they so chose to do so), voted on which pattern I was to make for the March sewing challenge.
The winner was the swimsuit pattern from Kwik Sew – Pattern # 3503.
I headed over to my closet of “stashed” material, and while rummaging through there hoping to find something; I came across a beautiful deep green poly/spandex knit material that I had all but forgotten about! SCORE! – well almost…
Upon looking over the material I discovered that I was just a little short in the amount needed (but figured I could work around the layout and get all the pieces out of the material I had on hand…), well that didn’t quite work out. I also discovered that there was a flaw in the material, which didn’t bother me much as I planned on using that section for the lining of the suit.
Well, as it turned out – I forgot I had to cut out two (2) pieces of the front – PLUS – I forgot to put the piece on the fold. So, well, that part became the lining (which was good because it had the flawed material on it anyway); but the lining also now has a seam down the front. uh, I guess this is going to be a “test” swimsuit that I will only wear by my pool, when no one else is around. 🙂
Now, I since I didn’t plan properly, I ended up short on the material. So with a scrap in hand along with the label from the remnant piece, I was off to the fabric store. What did I find? That the material was discontinued, and there was none left in the clearance section. Now what do I do?? Then it dawned on me – Color Block!
I picked up a black poly/spandex to complete the suit. I also picked up enough to make a second swimsuit with any adjustments I found necessary after completing the first suit.
I used the high cut leg openings (which ended up being a little bit too high for my current body shape). I sewed it on my regular machine, using zigzag stitching. My biggest challenge was getting the elastic in properly for the legs and around the midriff. The back tush of the suit is a bit saggy, because, well, I don’t have much of a tush, so I will take that in a bit.
Overall, I am pretty happy with the final swimsuit, though I will only wear it in my backyard. 🙂