Monday, 28 November 2011

Sock Monkey Pants

These are some pants that I made for Casper out of our old felted jumpers. They are really cute and accommodating for his cloth nappy bum! I made up the pattern, it's basically two rectangles and a triangle. I love the cute little knee patches. he really does look like a sock monkey in them. I have made a couple of pairs, but these two are the ones that deserve attention.

Bombshell Bathers

These are the bathers I will be putting in the shop this week! They have a control feature on the bust, and a cutaway back. Inspired by bathing suit fashions from the 40s and 50s, I decided to make a pointier shape with the bust, reminiscent of the cone bra.

I had so much fun making these! The fabric is 100% lycra and they are super comfy and flattering I think. I can't wait to wear them when we go swimming at Stingray Bay this Christmas. 

Photos by Steve.

Floral Bathers

I made this swimsuit from some Zimmerman fabric that I bought early last year. I have been making bathers for some time now, but this is the first time I have photographed and blogged them. It's a bit scary really!
I made them because I am continuously frustrated by the lack of "supportive" bathers on the market. This is why I make most of my own clothes- I don't feel that there is any thought to how clothing is structured for larger sizes. Most of the time, if you go up a size, everything gets bigger, not just the bust and hips. I feel sad that we don't live in a time when tailored women's clothing assumed that everybody had a waist.

I have sewn a control bust into these- it was surprisingly easy and it means that I have more support than with regular swimwear.
The fabric is lycra and I didn't use any elastic as I find that it disintegrates with time. Instead I used a fold-over cuff technique, which acts as an elastic anyway!
The hat is one that I made back when I was still in high school. It has a matching dress and I made it instead of studying for my French exam.

I think I will be getting lots of wear from these this Summer!