A Swimsuit And A Throwback

You may remember back at the beginning of summer I made a swimsuit. I promised to come back at the end of summer and review. I wanted to review it earlier, but I kept not getting pictures. I still don’t have pictures of me wearing it, but I’ve finally got a nice flat lay. So pictures of it worn may be coming, but for now..

The Fit

Lets be honest I made it myself, so of course it fits well.

The Built In Bra

No that doesn’t go under fit, but it works perfectly. I’m so glad I decided to use my fabric scraps for it.

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The Swimability

Can I swim in it. Yes, really well.

The Green Factor

The only new material that went into the swimsuit was the thread. The main fabric is rayon, but there is some rubber in the elastic. And the zipper is plastic.

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The Style Factor

You might not be able to tell, but I think it looks super cool. A slight 1920’s inspiration, with an asymmetric hem.

Honestly I’m super happy with it. I’ve never even considered making a swimsuit before and now I’ve made one.

Here is a random picture of the sunrise I got this morning when I went out to get the rest of these pics.

sunrise

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Plans For A Swimming Summer

Summer is coming and with is swimming season. Which means swimsuits. Most people think finding the perfect swimsuit is annoying, but it can be worse. If you care about modesty finding a swimsuit becomes super annoying. But I like to add extra levels of difficult to find clothes. I prefer to wear one hundred percent unmixed natural fibers.

This means I have simply worn pedal pushers and a t shirt over a regular bathing suit. It looked ok, … but… It takes lots of space, is annoying to change in and out of, is looking like I haven’t grown or done much swimming since I started wearing that combo like … seven years ago. And now that I can actually swim, wearing cargo pedal pushers are to … catchy … not aerodynamic … not fluidynamic…

Either way last summer I started looking into other options and I couldn’t find any I liked. So recently I found two of the three paper dolls I use to draw clothes (I need a fourth now, she is to be Korean) and I drew up my two favorite ideas. And yes they are practically impossible to tell that they are different styles.

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The upper one was my first idea, hence the reason it has matching sleeves. It basically is a dress over shorts. It’s actually way more complicated but I don’t know whether I’ll go through with it. The second is a Salwar Kameez style though again with shorts. It would take way less fabric, but I’m not sure I like it.

But what is my plan for fabric. Nearly three weeks ago I went to Salvation Army. Mostly we were just looking, but I wanted to look at rayon skirts. I hope that it will balance the line between being natural enough to suit me and synthetic enough to not make a bad swimsuit. I’ll be back with reports at the end of the summer.

Rayon-skirt-for-fabric

Sorry, but I haven’t fully finished the silk skirt yet, and I want to try to make a semi matching top so it may be a while before the final pictures are posted.

A yellow and purple plaid with with white writing saying "leave a comment"

How To Make A Silk Tie Skirt

And What I Wouldn’t Suggest Doing

  1. Visit all the local thrift stores and search for ties that have similar colors, or simply choose ties that you like the look of. Look for ties that say 100% silk or all silk. Look around, some stores may have larger selections for cheaper.
  2. Calculate how many ties you will need at minimum and get nearly twice as many. *Ok this is not strictly necessary, but it isn’t a bad idea. Later you may notice holes, fall out of love with a pattern, or decide the fabric is thicker than you want*
  3. Take the ties apart by removing labels and pulling out the back seam. *This step can be skipped if you are going for a quick, but heavy skirt.*

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    A heap of tie innards
  4. Optional sew the labels back on.
  5. Wash the ties. They won’t fray because the are bias cut.

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    The ties after ironing being stored in the bag they came from the store in
  6. Iron the ties
  7. Decide which ties you want in your skirt. *If you decide on a certain order either take a picture of the setup or number the ties with masking tape*
  8. Decide how long you want your skirt to be and cut the ties. *finished wide end will be the hem of your skirt*
  9. Sew the ties together.
  10. Sew the final seam and add the zipper.DSC_0266
  11. Sew on the waistband by hand for a perfect finish

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