Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Back to our regular scheduled programming... sewing for ME!

After making togs for the boys I was in the mood to make some for me - Kwik Sew 3330.  I had a fabric bought at Spotlight but marked as Seafolly which had a border print running along each edge (selvage).  I made View B (without the applique) and cut the contrast band for the pants and the straps for the top out of the border print and the rest from the body of the fabric.  It did mean I was cutting some pieces the 'wrong' way but there seemed to be little difference in the stretch either way and it does not seem to have affected the wearability of the swimsuit.

I am happy with how these have come out and particularly love the pants.  They are fully lined and fit really well, holding everything in they should.  In fact, so comfortable that I considered taking a photo to share of me wearing them, then good sense prevailed!

I did have some trouble with my machine skipping stitches when I was making the top so changed the needle.  This made no difference so I went through the whole thing, cleaning, re-threading and another new needle and it did seem to resolve after that.  Sometimes it is the simple things that help.  :)

The review is here  for those interested.

Next up on the list was some lace knickers.  I had bought the stretch lace ages ago and decided it had aged enough in the stash.  After seeing a good review for the Burdastyle Tanga pants I used this pattern.  I found the video demonstrating how they are made - here.

I am very happy with them.  My only negative comment is that they are sized XS-S-M-L, but there is no reference to indicate what size they correspond to.  I made the small size but could have made XS after comparing them to some RTW I had.

I made the first pair from the apricot lace and managed to muff the CF seam so it wasn't nice and even.  To hide it I sewed a little lace flower to cover it.

The mint green pair came out much better, but I like the idea of easily recognising the back from the front so I sewed a little bow to the front CF seam of this pair.


Now you know more about me that you wanted to know... it is all in the interests of sewing... Ciao!


  1. Nice placement of the border on the bikini pants. The tangas are very pretty.

  2. Those swimmers look really great!

    The lace pants are very pretty. Are they comfortable? I tried some RTW pants in a similar style and didn't find them comfortable, but i don't know if that was just the particular brand I tried.

    Great to be sewing for yoself again!

  3. Cute bikini. I love the print you used, and how you placed it. The knickers are very pretty too.

  4. Nice use of the border print on the swimmers! (<--me pretending to be Australian.) I'm sure this is more than you want to share but I haven't made those panties because they look like they, ahem, would ride up in a bunchy, uncomfortable way. Are they comfortable to wear?

  5. There aren't too many places you can discuss your undies, but we get it :) They look great and I'm really impressed with your swimmers, I can't belived you found Seafolly fabric in Spotlight.

  6. I have some of this fabric too, bought in a Spotlight on the Gold Coast when we were there last year. I didn't realise it was sea folly!
    Can you tell me where you got the lining fabric from? I'd love to make bathers but not sure where to source the lining from.
    Yours look great!!

  7. Fun stuff! Love the swimsuit and the panties are a smart use of the knit lace!

  8. Great work, your last line cracked me up:)

  9. Hi Sue

    I love this dress. The neckline, collar and shaping remind me of my standard blouse pattern that I use. I might try adapting the pattern to use for a dress. You can see the blouse if you scroll to the bottom of this post.


    Thanks for the inspiration. Just what I need to get me sewing again after getting caught up in Christmas preparations.


  10. Great use of the border print on the swimsuit. I have some panties like that and I realized one day at lunchtime that I'd been wearing them backwards all day! In my defense, mine have identical front and back pieces but they do have a doodah in the front. Guess I was just too tired to notice.


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