It’s been a long time since I posted about a pattern test! Of course I’ve done some testing but it just wasn’t something I blogged. I made the new Be Athletic shorts from Ellie and Mac – they’re a great simple elastic waist shorts for kids with a curved colorblocking detail at the bottom. Aside from that, it’s been nice to just make stuff that I want or jump into a blog tour where I can hack/mash and be more creative. I made myself a few pairs of shorts and a bunch of shirts that I needed for bulking up my wardrobe.
I posted these selfies on Instagram and the House of Curves Hangout FB Group when we visited family in LBI and now I can finally tell you about what’s hidden underneath that coverup! It was the Rebecca Page Bondi Bikini/Tankini! I wore the first version in LBI and to a water park local to us. It was definitely comfortable but I was glad for the 2 small changes they made for the final version. Can you see that beautiful beach?? We got to go a bunch of times while we were there and spent so much time in the water. We got both the kids to come out past the break point of the waves, which was a ton of fun and The Boy tried his hand at boogie boarding. Why is it so much harder than I remember it being as a kid? We looked at a satellite image after our trip and realized that there was this big “shelf” along this part of the beach. It was great for us because it meant that the water never got very deep, in fact there were times we were out past the waves and I could kneel on the ocean floor without going under.
Once I got home, I made another because they made a few slight changes. We took a little width off the back of the top which makes it fit more snuggly and not ride up, plus adding some elastic in a few new spots. I also made some fitting adjustments to the shorts, including a swayback, full belly and I cut the back rise/crotch a size smaller in length. (This was because the back of the leg was loose and this shortens that length just a touch.) I used the same blue for my first bottoms and the entire second suit: it’s a gorgous shade from Surge Fabric that I picked up last year in their flood sale, but they’ve restocked! The scribble print from my first is from Libelle Sewing and I wish I had gotten more than 1/2 meter because I love how it looks. I may need to go order more… I did not use any special lining or powermesh fabrics in either of these, just used the blue swim for lining.
Do you have plans to make the Bondi or any other bathing suit? We’re running a new Break the Rules theme at House of Curves and July is all about Swim! Head over to the group to find all kinds of inspiration, plus Amanda is gathering information on fabric and patterns so keep an eye out.