Monday, July 25, 2016

Another Swimsuit? A Gallery of what I have made so far

I'm back! We had family visiting us the last little while so I had done no sewing nor blogging at all. And now I'm itching to make another summer garment - another swimsuit! I know I have already made several but for some reason I just feel like making another one. It feels like after I had made one swimsuit and learned much from the experience, I just want to apply the knowledge and make more in different styles and colours.

I swim at the pool all year round and at the beach quite often in the warmer months. So I'm not opposed to making another suit. These are the swimsuits I have made or refashioned thus far:

A RTW refashioned swimsuit. The body was too long so I cut it to make it look like a mock tankini. Good for swimming.

My first self-made swimsuit! Kwik Sew 2690

My 2nd try at Kwik Sew 2690 - Love!
Kwik Sew 3503 - The horizontal neckline and the floral fabric makes me look wider.
A modified Kwik Sew 2797 - My most beloved swimsuit. I wear this all the time because it's easier to get in and out with the front zipper.
A refashioned old RTW swimsuit. Unfortunately it's still a bit loose - not practical for swimming.
So there you have it! Although I have made/refashioned quite a number of swimsuits, I really only wear 3 of them for swimming - the teal one, the red one and the black/white one. I feel like I can still improve on the designs even further. For example, one piece suits are great for actual swimming and slightly holds in my mommy tummy. However, it's not so great for going to the washroom or doing a quick change at the beach. Also, some sort of zipped pocket would also be nice for the key to the locker.

After looking at tonnes of pictures at Pinterest, I have to figure out how to choose the design of my next swimsuit to the following:

A simple tankini top with high waisted bottom?

A zip front swim vest with bottom?

A regular 2 piece bikini with a matching rashguard on top?

Or a Swimdress that can be worn as a top or a dress with a regular bottom?

What do you think? What would be a good design for my next swimsuit that I can actually swim in?

Saturday, July 9, 2016

MAGAM July Refashion: Chiffon Scarf to Date night dress + 2 scarves

My July MAGAM project is done! I have transformed my thrifted $3.99 chiffon scarf into a dress! This was a big chiffon scarf with a giraffe print on it:

I was pondering whether to make it 'practical' or 'whimsical'. In the end I decided to make it practical so that I can wear it  for a variety of occasions and weather.

I used my tried and true thrifted pattern McCall's 8048 from the 1970's. It's a pullover, slightly a-line dress. I made a white table cloth lace dress with this pattern previously.

I serged the sleeves and neckline edges with roll-hem and used the original edge of the scarf as the hem. It came together really quickly (I like that!). It's a bit loose and breezy on me. I thought it would be perfect for a hot summer night. Perhaps even a date night?

I have styled this with a thrifted necklace, a thrifted bracelet and a thrifted patent leather heels.
And here is why I would style this for Autumn:

I have styled this with a thrifted leather jacket, thrifted leather boots and a self-knitted cowl from thrifted yarn

I can't wait to wear this out this summer! Plus I have made 2 identical scarves with the remnants of this project:

I plan to wear one and give the other to someone as a gift. I'm pretty happy with what I have done with this 1 big thrifted scarf!