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« on: November 05, 2011 09:22:39 PM »

My MIL gave me a pair of yellow gingham stretch pants from the 90s. I wanted to make a swimsuit to cover my baby-having bag and stretch marks so I made this suit. Not a great picture. I look like I peed in them but I was just wet from sitting by the pool. And I need to insert a t-shirt fabric panty liner and you can see I'm wearing underwear right now. And I want to embellish them with embroidered cherries. No more apologies...on to the show -

Oh yes, and it's completely handstitched since I don't have a sewing machine right now.

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2011 01:38:46 AM »

I love it.  You did a great job. It has turned into a lovely sun/swim suit and I am impressed that you hand stitched it all.  Did you have a pattern for the top and how is it fastened at the back?  I think cherries will look very pretty and I hope you will edit the post to show them too when they are done.
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2011 02:19:43 AM »

Aww it might not be "finished" yet but it looks really great! The embellishments will only serve to make it even cuter! You should update after you've added the rest! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2011 02:41:30 AM »

I' so impressed that it's sewed by hand :O ! With cherries it will gain the super-retro look ! LOVE IT !

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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2011 03:20:08 AM »

I didn't have a pattern. I just cut the pants into shorts. It has a side zipper and button already. Then I used the rest of the legs for the top. I used the front picture of a pattern at sovintagepatterns.com (the Glam 1940s Bathing Suit pattern http://www.sovintagepatterns.com/catalog/item/2871951/8807586.htm).

That gave me the basic idea for the top. Each cup and strap that goes to the back is the front of one leg of the pants. The strap that borders the bottom of the halter is one leg back. But I ran out of fabric to border the entire top and go around the neck from one end to the other. I did it on the bottom edge of the halter, just not the top. The halter strap is a smaller piece that goes from the top of each cup around the neck.

Then I had trouble with the cups. They totally flatten my already A-sized breasts. I tried to put some extra darts in, but I'm going to get an old bra and insert cups. Since it's stretchy fabric, it ought to mold around it. I hope.

The back closes with a bra closure I bought at a fabric store. I was going to repurpose an old bra, but I've just moved to Australia in the last few months and still don't drive here (wrong side of the road!) and new hubby and I happened to pass a craft store this weekend so I bought the fixture new so I could finish the suit enough to try it.

The point was - other than I love 40s clothing - to cover my stretch marks. I don't have money for a new suit and all I can find are one piece suits that show too much bottom (mine anyway) or bikini bottoms with nice tops like babydolls, but those float up and you can see my baby pouch and stretch marks.

Thanks for the nice words. It looks much nicer in person and the gingham print doesn't really show up here.

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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2011 06:42:12 AM »

Great job! I hope you post when you add the cherries, awesome idea. And you definitely don't look as if you just had a baby. Smiley
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2011 07:34:51 AM »

You are one crafty so-and-so : never in a million years would I think to make something like this!! Cheesy! It's awesome! I love 40's fashion, too - deffo made for the ladyshape Smiley Next time I find a pair of stretchy trousers like that, I am so going to try making a bathing suit Cheesy -x-

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