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|BurdaStyle Downloadable: BS-026 (Cindy) - Type:Swimwear |
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|Posted on:||1/23/13 3:17 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
|Fabric:||Nylon-Lycra [See other projects in this fabric]|
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A two piece bather with ruched sweet-heart halter neck top and separate bikini bottoms with ruffle. The ruching is very flattering across the tum tum and the ruffle attached to the bikini bottoms gives that little bit of extra coverage for your confidence.
32-34, 36-38, 40-42 - I cut the 40/42
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I only vaguely followed them but not bad for BurdaStyle instructions!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
It is very flattering and comfortable to wear, not as difficult as I imagined
Some sort of lycra, very stretchy
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Things I would do differently if I made this swimsuit again:
More length to the bodice, maybe as much a 5cm! It rides up, probably a cause of the cute and flattering ruching, but I have a long torso and generally prefer a bit more length in my tops so I normally add that into the bodice of most Burda/BurdaStyle patterns.
Add in some bust support. This pattern isn’t great for a C/ D-on-a-good-day bust. I think the low back doesn’t help so perhaps a strap across the upper back like the Alison pattern and building in some bra cups would help it a lot.
Reduce the width of the crotch in the bikini bottoms. It is wiiiiiiiiide and bunches/folds uncomfortably at each side.
Add a bit more width at the back of the bikini bottoms for better bum coverage. It is a tad skimpy and I was constantly plucking them out of you-know-where…
Use my elasticator foot on my overlocker for a more rtw looking finish. The zig-zag is ok, it looks fine in fact, it’s strong, stretchy and tidy. When I decided to make this swimsuit I had already bought my overlocker but not very long before hand. It came with extra feet including an elasticator foot that feeds the elastic at a constant controlled stretch while overlocking it in place. It’s very cool and I have played with it quite a bit since but at the time it was just a bit too much to take in all at once: First swimsuit, new overlocker, tensions!, elasticator foot, etc…
Remember not to use a straight stitch! I stitched the long seam on the halter strap with a straight stitch, I have no idea why I did that, I knew better back then too. So it does’t really stretch on that edge and digs into my neck rather than stretching, it’s a bit uncomfortable but not a big deal.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes I will try another swimsuit, this one or similar and I would recommend it to others as a good pattern even for an intermediate-beginner
I am still very proud of this make even though it isn't 100% perfect.
More photos and info on my blog thecuriouskiwi
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