Most of you know that I went out to California to visit my sister again in February, and while there, went to LA's Fashion District. One thing I was looking for was swimsuit fabric and FOE (fold over elastic). These are the first two suits I've finished from some of the fabric I bought there. I think they turned out well. I'm still using the same traced pattern with a few modifications. Here's the first suit I made, and a link to some others.
The most obvious change is the CF zipper. Back hooks are just a little hard to hook and unhook, especially early in the morning, which is when I wear these for water exercise classes. I have made several suits with zippers by now and they're super easy to wear, and not too hard to construct. They just take a little more time. I use a piece of powernet in the front, and the zipper goes through it and the suit fabric. This gives me very good support, and the silhouette of a sports bra, that is, pretty flattened. Perfect for aerobics.
Here's the second suit I have finished since I came back.
Dear Kathi Rank took us to the promised land (where the fabric lives) again, and guess who was with us? VonneVo! She and her DH were here on a trip from Australia, and what fun she is. Just as nice and pretty as she can be too. Here's a photo of Kathi and Lisa in the amazingly packed shop where Kathi found damask and other tablecloth fabrics. Vonne was out of sight, probably behind some of the fabric rolls.
|From 2012 Feb CA|