Monday, July 04, 2005
I made a bathing suit!
OK, I'm not exactly swimsuit model material, but I am so happy and proud of myself. Like many women I have frustrations with the whole swimsuit shopping experience. These are compounded by being both tall and plus size. It seems like one is allowed to be either tall OR plus size, but never both. Finally, I decided to conquer my fears. I bought lycra, elastic, and a pattern yesterday and here I am today!! Wearing my new totally tug-free swimsuit. It fits better than any of the Lands' End suits for which I have paid lots of money. It doesn't ride up on my butt. It's not on the verge of giving way under stress at the side seams. A whole new era has arrived. I can make myself a bathing suit any time I need one. Yay!!
It was from A Stretch & Sew by Ann Person pattern #F828, which I found on a display rack at JoAnn's Fabrics after I spent a long time going through catalogs without finding much. The pattern is for a basic tank with a deep plunge in the back and options for either a shelf bra or buying cups and sewing those into the chest lining area. I modified the back so that it doesn't dip as low and chose the shelf bra, mostly because the premade cup options at JoAnn's all looked too small.