Because I spent several years playing water polo and I grew up in the swimming pool, I find I am most comfortable when I'm wearing a one piece. Hell, my friend and I used to run around in high school wearing our swimsuits (after swim class and before water polo practice) from one place to another to pick up my oboe and her instrument before the band room was closed locked for the night. Always wearing a one-piece swimsuit and possibly our towels. We were crazy! But there's something really comfortable about a one piece. I was feel like I can count on it to be in place for no muss no fuss.
I was about to go on a trip with some friends and I knew that we are would have an opportunity to hang out in a hot tub or swim. The only piece I had was this swimsuit. So I decided to get a little creative and chop the straps off in the back using my experience with the XYT top from Fehrtrade.
I ended up cutting off around 3 inches or so of length from the lower part of the X-straps. When I put it back on the sides drooped. So I took those same cut off bits and it reattach them to the X at a wider angle. The result was fabulous. I had lift, I wasn't so exposed in the front, and the back didn't droop as much.
Jalie 971 is my first foray into Jaile's PDF patterns. So far, I'm quite impressed. The piecing was very easy. They have these neat shapes in the corners which make it super easy to fit it together.
Jalie's instructions and tutorials recommend measuring all areas including torso before choosing your size. And the beauty of their patterns is that it's very easy to trace between sizes to create your own custom size. Mind, there are always exceptions and you have to take into account the design, style, fit, ability to put the garment on over the whitest parts of your body, and the stretch of the fabric. In my swimming days the way that a swimsuit was fit was not based on body with measurements or circumferences, but rather by your torso length.
As I began to find my size in this pattern, I accounted for everything except my torso length. In fact it seems that I completely forgot my experience remaking my Speedo.
Lucky for me though I got the whole piece cut out and then I was able to shorten the suit at the front crotch and also at the straps in the front only. I don't think this would be the way I would recommend fitting it for yourself in the future. Mainly because your body might be shaped differently. However my body is very narrow in the crotch curve and very wide in the hips and around the bum. Often I find that patterns are actually way too wide to the Koch curve. And I'm usually taking out quite a bit of fabric.
Goal is to finish Jalie 971 swimsuit this week. So, more soon!
PS - the light is low in my photos above, which means it's favorable. Even still, I feel really great about the way I look in my speedo. Yes, I've lost 15 lbs through my increase in exercise (dance & sweating) this summer. But, a year ago, 2 years, 3 years, even 8 years ago, I don't know if I could have looked at photos of myself in a swimsuit, looking nearly the same and thought, "Damn, I look good." Usually it isn't until years after a photo taken that I think, "Oh I looked so good then, why couldn't I see it? Why wasn't I nicer to myself? Why couldn't I just love myself as I was? I was wonderful!" Well, I want to be the change, and I'm shifting my self talk every time I catch myself, and I do believe, Watson, that it's working. By Jove, I think I'm getting it!
What's your sewing goal this week or month?
Better yet, tell me how you are loving and honoring yourself this week? Maybe you can teach me a thing or 2!