Turns out that I was afraid for nothing. My suit goes together the same way as the ones I sew for Miss K. And I'm super pleased with the results!! It looks just how I wanted it too. It has renewed my dwindling faith that I should sew.
Top: Jalie 3023
This is my second time making this top. I've made it for K one other time.
I sewed a T for the shoulders, U for the bust/waist, and W for the hips. These are one step up from my measurements and the fit is darn near perfect!
Construction was a breeze. I followed each step. The straps are the worst part of this top. The instructions are there but you need pictures to understand what is going on. Last time I made this I printed off the picture tutorial by Meigan at "Get My Stitch On" and used it this time. Much easier to sew.
I added the shelf bra without issue and used a thicker bit of elastic. The pattern calls for 3/4" but all I had was normal elastic and it was scratchy. So I grabbed the 1.25" sport elastic that is used for the tops of boxers. It is soft on the skin side and worked great. I actually prefer the thicker elastic for support there, it is more comfortable.
Shorts: Jalie 3351
I have made these three times for K now but the first time for me. Construction was easy since I've sewn them up a few times now. I sewed a V at the waist to a Z at the hip (one size up from my measurements). They are just a tad too big but I don't even care. I love them! They are super comfortable. The built in brief is nice too.
So don't be afraid to sew up something. Take the chance, you may have great results!!
** It feels so weird to sew and wear a swim suit when it's -35°F outside!!**
Fabric: Italian Swimwear Print - Grey / Floral / Multi from Michael Levine, Inc. Purchased May of last year, 1.5 yards, $15. I fell in love right away even though it's not my color. It just has a vintage vibe to me and I love that. The white is White Activewear from fashionfabricsclub. I purchased it at the same time. It has a soft brushed surface on the backside and wow. I wish I had more of this. It is sooo soft. The negative is that it had roller marks and stains throughout the fabric, so I had to pick and choose my spots, plus it was the end of the roll. But I love it!! 3/4 yard $5.21.
Swimsuit total: $20.21. Can't beat that :)
~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~