|this is the finished product|
Then take your mock-up fabric (I'm using a stretchy knit...not as sturdy as a lined bathing suit, but better than a cotton muslin as for texture) and lay it over your front. Pin it down at the neckline, smooth over the flat part of your neck area (like below the collar bones), waist, and tummy.
Then take the straight edge of another scrap of material, and pin it to the edge of the first piece, on your body.
|since there are already bust gathers, you don't need to add as much gathering as the center front piece. You're pretty much only going to be gathering at the waist on this one :)|
Now do the same for your side panels.
Once you have them gathered to fit, stitch them together. Side panel, middle panel, side panel. Then run a small gathering stitch in the center of the front panel. This is going to create your sweetheart neckline, and finish off your bust. Just hold it up to check and make sure it's all lined up where it should be. If not, tweak the gathers til it fits.
Now we move on to the back. Because Lettice, my dress form, is kind of exploding, I don't currently have a double body to drape on. And from experiences I've had, it's not very easy for you to drape on your own back. :/ So-for the back of our swimsuit we shall have to make do with something else. Now I'm not sure if this is called drafting or what. Normally, when I "draft", I look at the shape of a shirt of dress or something, and then draw the shape out onto tissue paper, via measurements. But for this I'm going to actually trace the back of a shirt of mine. I have a little skater dress that fits decently snug in the back and I think I can work with it.
So find yourself a shirt or dress that has a fitted back, and some tissue paper (preferably white, though I used some purple stuff once that had lace screen printed on it and that made for really pretty pattern pieces!). Lay the shirt out flat, and pin the tissue paper to it-keeping both smooth.
|tissue paper pinned to dress back|
|Marking all edges, neck, armhole, side seam, waistline, center back.|
|added seam allowance and cut it out.|
|you can see how I pinned the shoulders on. There is a missing sleeve section still.|
|this is the side seam and armhole area. just an up close shot showing you the gathers/ruching at the side.|
Once your bodice mock-up is done, and it FITS TO YOUR LIKING (if anything is the slightest bit off, take it apart and fix it. You might have to spend more time now, but it is so worth not having to wear something that is un-pleasant later!!!), guess what? You get to seam rip it apart and make patterns out of it. You can either just save the fabric pieces, or make tissue patterns from them. After this you can cut it out of your fashion fabric. Make sure you cut two of each piece, one for the outer garment and one for the lining.
So that's it! There's your "vintagey" bodice. The skirt is just a basic circle skirt, and the leggings, you could just wear leggings or make some to match.
|it was so smooth :)|
p.s. We are working on a blog award post. Bascha's plate is very full right now, of life and work and school and sewing stuff, but we will get there :)