Retro Tiki Style Bikini with Bows
Added Aug 25, 2013
by nadia r
Auckland, New Ze...
Retro Bikini – BurdaStyle 5/2013 #132
I didn’t realize this pattern was intermediate skill level lol, but I got there eventually. Sewing with interfacing and shirring elastic for the first time were both interesting exercises. I added 3" to the top of the bloomers to really get that vintage Hawaii look, but it looked excessive. So I sewed 6 separate strips of elastic inside, using clear thread in zig zag stitch, going downward to ruch up the fabric. There is an elastic strip along each of the side seams, three strips running down the front, and one going down the center back. That idea I got from a Google search where I came across a tutorial lol. I think I had cut out some of the patterns for the top in the wrong sizes, and I added a small elasticized band to the front bust section so I could get into it, lol. Also I think I may need to move the back strap position over a bit.
woven lightweight cotton print sarong, interfacing (sew-in), elastic underwear lace trim, elastic, elastic shirring thread, clear thread