So the day I bought that multicolored seersucker I also picked up a yard of this bold, sturdy stretch knit, thinking it would be great for Cathy. Then I changed my mind: I wanted to make myself another bathing suit and, fresh from my cabana set success, decided I would make a matching racing suit and tank top.
Well the racing suit turned out great:
I used elastic in the waistband; the legs were snug and secure enough to simply serge, turn under, and topstitch. And rest assured, I did the "wet test." All clear!
I can do the Watusi, the Frug and the Boogaloo in it with confidence!
But then. The matching tank top.
I used an old favorite, McCall's 3438.
And with the suit....
Go ahead, laugh. I can take it.
With blue tights, I could it wear it on the flying trapeze. Barelegged, strictly women's gymnastics meet.
I should have done the trim in a solid, made the neckline lower, never started the thing to begin with.
It's a 36" chest and quite well made-- would anyone like it?
I think it would look best on someone with a 34" chest or smaller as it's a snug-fit. It's completely clean and sure to be a collector's item in the future.
Let me know by leaving a comment below and I'll drop it in the mail. Of course, we'll expect a pic of you in it!
So that wraps it up. I have a few more little knit tops to stitch up for Michael in the next few days and then we're off. I'm really starting to enjoy using my serger, by the way. I find that I have much more control over the fabric feed and can see better if I stand over it -- that gives me a clear view of the knife cutting through the fabric. Mine is the popular Brother 1034D -- highly recommended.
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