Don’t you think the snow is an appropriate backdrop?
Here are my notes and thoughts for you. I sized the bottoms down from the medium that fit my measurements to a small and the top of the one-piece from a small to an extra small after testing out the high-rise bottoms and the bikini top variation 1, which is a similar style to the one-piece. I think that for the low-rise bottoms, I should go back up to a medium, although I like the high-rise bottoms in a small. I also used a different elastic technique on the low-rise bottoms and I think it makes them look like…well, have you ever seen a swim diaper? Kind of like that. The good news is that they’re not going anywhere, but they give me some serious muffin-top, if you know what I mean.
The one piece is easy to put together even if you are different sizes on the top and the bottom. Because the back doesn’t close, you just need to make sure you mark the midpoint of your top and bottom pieces and line those up. (The pattern tells you to line up the markings on the top with the side seams of the bottom, but if you just mark the mid-points of top and bottom pieces, everything still works out.) I definitely heard some popping stitches as I pulled the one-piece on, but thankfully they were basting stitches. Everything felt pretty secure, but if you are someone who likes support up top, this is not the suit for you. Sadly, I do like some support or else Speedo-like compression, so I think I will not make the one-piece in my final fabric. I also wonder how the fold-over elastic is going to hold up over time. Still, the suit is wearable, professional, and a vast improvement over last year’s attempt. Also, I really like the mid-weight fabric in the one-piece as opposed to the light-weight fabric I used for the bottoms.
Here are a few close-ups in case you want to see details:
I still have bikini top variation 2 to go, and I have high hopes for more support and coverage from that pattern. If all goes well, I hope to turn it into a tankini in its final version. I’ll keep you posted!
If you are looking for more details on pattern, fabric, notions, etc., see my last post here.