I have always wanted to be small-busted, but that dream was gone in my teen years. Now, after two children, not only am I endowed, but the girls seem to have headed south.
Swimwear is a nightmare for me. I have never been able to find RTW that fits properly, that doesn't cost a fortune. I need bust support, I am long-waisted, and have had the blessing of cellulite since I was 16 (yay genetics).
I live on an island, and spend my summers with the kids at the lake, and also spend my time canoeing and kayaking.
I have decided to come up with mix and match pieces that will suit a variety of water activities.
This is one iteration of my summer swim wardrobe:
- use wider elastic for straps - all I had on hand was 3/8 so I need to order 5/8 swim elastic
- use wider elastic for back band - I need to cut the band wider to accommodate 5/8 elastic here
- underline the back band pieces, either with self-fabric of powernet - I definitely need a more supportive back band
- add 1/4 inch elastic along the front inside cup seams to add support there - sew on the elastic after stitching the seam and then flip (this is the first seam you sew when you follow the pattern instructions
- add 1 inch to the back band pieces to allow them to fold over to hold the G hook closure
- use a 1 " or larger G hook - I scavenged one from an old swimsuit but if I had a larger hook I could make the back band wider at the center back
- I zigzagged elastic to wrong side, then flipped and coverstitched it to finish the edges - I find this is faster than using the elasticator on my serger
- These bottoms fit very snugly and the sizing seems to run smaller than some of the other Jalie's I have sewn.
- zigzag and coverstich elastic
- swimwear lining in front of the undershorts under the skirt
I have also sewn a sports top to wear with this suit, and a matching mesh coverup top. I will post when I get pics taken.