|Vintage Simplicity 1302|
|The size adjuster is in a terribly distracting position...|
- Increased the width and height of the bust insert
- Instead of using the flat neckline of the Alison pattern, I sculpted the front for more of a sweetheart and added elastic. I'm not sure that elastic is necessary -- my thoughts were that it was a deeper neckline, and it would add a little "security".
- Increased the length of the shoulder strap, so it could be tied at the neck
- Added a band under the cups to secure the bottom of the top
- Used firmer bust cups in this version, although I still had a hard time finding the best size locally.
- This version's top is lined in swimsuit lining -- the one-piece was self-lined, which seemed heavy to me
Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of the briefs, because my daughter left for college, taking the suit with her! I'm told "it is perfect." It was worn on a float trip and for bluff jumping. I'm glad I didn't know about the latter until after-the-fact.
Suit #3 was a "pageant" swimsuit. I don't have any pictures to share with her in it, as she doesn't want those on the internet, and she's probably right. Let's just say that it really accentuates her positives.
|I had a hard time dressing the mannequin.|
The bottom would just not go on easily!
- Neckline is similar to the two-piece top, with slightly more plunge
- Leg openings are cut higher on the outside of the thigh
- Lengthened the torso by about 2 inches, which better aligned the bust of the suit with her bust. She does not have a long torso, so I didn't even consider doing this with the first version.
- Bought some power net that we considered using, but instead just used regular swimsuit lining turned so the direction of greatest stretch ran lengthwise instead of crosswise, which gave surprisingly more support than I anticipated.
|Back: It really is straight, and yes, I stole Tilly's Bow Back Nettie idea!|
Stephanie begrudgingly participated in the county pageant, as a condition of getting some money for college from my dad. His intention was for her to build confidence -- which it eventually did. She won Crowd Favorite and Spirit of the Community awards (and second runner-up). A huge shock to her, after hoping that "they don't announce last place." She also met a lot of super sweet girls who gave her some great advice, since it was her first pageant (and most likely her last).
|Accepting her "Spirit of the Community" award|
for exceptional community service. Source
The event symbolized the end of an era for us, since she left for college the next morning. It was a great send-off, especially when she saw a blue ribbon on her gluten free cookies! She was afraid she'd get last place on those, too.
|At the Best of Show case.|