Bikini Bra

The TEENY-WEENY STING BIKINI on holiday in Thailand...without me! 

Bikini tops are also great bra alternative in Summer especially under skimpy tops.  With the left over fabric I made up an extra one (top only) and it's available from the gift shop right now in Australian size 10 A/B (US 6 A/B).

Want to make your own but never sewn swimwear before?  No problem, I've added a couple of tutorials right here.  Best of all they take next to no fabric and once you get the hang of it are super quick to make.  The pattern for the TEENY-WEENY STRING BIKINI is available from my Etsy shop in Australian sizes 6-14 and is suitable for A-C cups.


Bathing Suit Top

The very curvy and super cool BATHING SUIT TOP shown with a pair of FRILLY FRILLY BLOOMERS.  The pattern for the top is available in Australian sizes 8-14 from my Etsy shop.  

It's designed to be made from contrasting print fabrics and the sample shown combines a lightweight Japanese seersucker with a soft printed voile.   I cut the back on the bias, it takes more fabric but it adds a softness and drape which helps if you're using a crisper fabric. 

Above the LICKETY-SPLIT SKIRT in printed linen.


I don't have anything to wear!

Well of course this isn't true.  We apparently wear regularly only 20% of our wardrobe whilst the rest sits idle and wasted.

Conned by clever marketers into believing the consumerist myth that dictates the constant need to update, outdo and compete we dutifully obey spending more and more cash on stuff we just don't need.  The knock on effects of this avid consumerist cycle on the environment are becoming ever clearer...search GREAT PACIFIC GARBAGE PATCH or PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE for example.

 Combine the above with a general sense of wardrobe boredom, fit issues and the less often acknowledged, 'I don't know how to wear it', and you can easily account for the other 80%.

Buy less and only what you need
Do some research and innovate
Make it yourself
Pay someone to make alterations
Give it away
Buy second hand
Make do
Fix it

Here's my final and somewhat vapid tip the for day...
I recently released a pattern for a halter top.  As you can see from the previous post it's somewhat conservative from the front but scoops down to reveal your entire back.  Now whilst I don't encounter any errr...gravitational issues I acknowledge this may not be the case for others.  So if you're thinking of making one but have hesitated for this reason may I suggest signing up your bikini top for double duty.  The strap will show but unlike a bra it will add rather than subtract from the overall look especially in a contrast pattern.