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First Go Bathers

Added Jan 30, 2012

by Another Dress

., Australia






This was my first go at making bathers and I’m so glad I gave it a go. Last year’s bathers cost me $150 from the shops, this year it cost me only $10 for the material…oooooh I saved $140, what can I spend that on??!! :)

I used the free pattern from BurdaStyle and only had to make a few adjustments…
-I put elastic through neckline/back band which feels alot more secure and I put elastic under the bust line which doesn’t give me anymore support but stops the top riding up.
-I decided to put the breast pads in because it meant I could lay the the lycra smoothly over them and only gather the top half which looks good with the material I chose.
-I didn’t need the second back tie. I’m glad about that, I like the full back showing.
-The ‘boy look’ leg cut didn’t sit low enough for me, so I cut the leg line a touch higher for a normal bather cut and put elastic along the edge with the overlocker, turned it over and finished it off with a zig zag stich.

I didn’t really follow the instructions, I found them a bit confusing, and because I used my overlocker I just zipped up all the seams on that in the normal order and it came together itself. I bought a meter of material and had so much of it that I used it as lining too. So the front and back is fully lined which feels nice and supportive on.

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    Jun 17, 2013, 01.41 PMby Timmithea Leeds

    Cute. I love your photos too.

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    Feb 1, 2012, 10.22 AMby Vanessa Leigh

    Fantastic, I am would love to tackle a bating suit. Great job. You have inspired me to give the Burda pattern at try! Thank you!

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    Jan 30, 2012, 11.29 AMby sarahwau

    Wow! They are great and they fit you well.

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    Jan 30, 2012, 07.42 AMby schnui

    Your bathers are great!! I love the lycra and I like how you have used the different parts of the lycra to accent the straps and the bustline. Well done.

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      Jan 30, 2012, 08.14 AMby Another Dress

      Thank you! I didn’t have much choice at the fabric store and I was abit scared about how this would look once I had finished it, but it ended up working out well with the different patterns. Thank you for commenting :)

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