Remember my Lamour swimsuit from a few summers back? I finally got back to that pattern and over the last 4 months in between costume work and wedding dresses I’ve developed a whole little range of retro styled swimwear and thought I’d give a preview of some of the pattern styles.
For the last two weeks while free of commissions I’ve been working my socks off testing, sampling different sizes of the grades, trying out different fabrics. The gold halter suit & the sparkly turquoise and tan are both patterns designed for lycra. The turq/tan number has been my choice of beach wear these last couple of weeks …even though the sparkles keep coming off and making me look like a hardcore fan of body glitter. There are 2pc versions of the styles as well.
The other patterns are for woven cottons; the bodices can be used with skirts to make fab sundresses too. Optional mini skirts are in the works to join with the tops so the suits can even become vintage style swim-dresses if the little pants aren’t your thing.
I may even do some ready-to-wear suits… already been making a few for friends who don’t sew and have a couple of factory possibilities to check out. Anyway that’s all even further down the road.
Sizes you ask? I hesitate to give size names as they vary so much from country to country, company to company. However the 6 graded sizes I’ve had done cover busts 32″-42″/84cms-104cms, hips 35″-45″/ 91cms-109cms.
So far the patterns are finished. The grading has been done.
I’m 1/2 way through adding seam allowances, grain-lines, info, checking notches match and make the patterns into size nests.
Still to do:
Write sewing instructions (someones gonna have to tie me to a chair for
a week 2 weeks for that one!)
Illustrations for the envelope & pics of real women in the suits (the fun stuff!)
Oh and of course getting them printed on light weight pattern paper.
Oh, yeah, the website : getting a proper shop set up.
Arrrggh all of a sudden I feel a little overwhelmed.
Never mind, I’ll get there.
Stay tuned 😉
Sew it and Sea!