Added Feb 2, 2014
Auckland, New Ze...
Leotard – Butterick 6541 Fast & Easy Misses 1992
Looks like I’ll have no more excuses to work out now, lol! I used a super stretchy medium-light weight polyknit which I’d found just enough of for a few bucks in a fabric store remnants bin. This leotard can be worn as a bodysuit under shorts, and it can also be used as a swimsuit, albeit one without any ruching or bust support. In fact I drafted a deeper back neckline scoop for tanning, as the original pattern had the back as high as the front neckline. I should probably line the bust and crotch in black stretch knit just to give a feeling of security. The straps might be a bit lumpy. I could have made it in the next size down as the fabric is so stretchy.
I should stay tape the straps tighter as they can be easily pulled way down below the rib cage, and the leg openings can be pulled up almost to the armpits, lol. Yet I tested the leotard/one-piece swimsuit down at the beach by swimming today and they weren’t bad. They didn’t pull down with the motion but, along with the strong elastic, the fabric clung in place quite sufficiently. It dried quickly too, considering its not lycra, and its light as a feather. I used a zig zag and straight stitch combo but twin needle would probably prove more durable.
polyknit four-way stretch fabric in animal print, elastic underwear lace in skin tone
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