My “Ode to the Walnut Creek Aquanuts” swimsuit
Fabric: Red with white polka dot spandex
Pattern: Mrs Depew Vintage 1001
Year: 1950′s inspired
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: July 2012
Wear again? Yes
Total Cost: Fabric $32 and pattern $9 for a total of $41
Holy Moley! This challenge was FRAUGHT with little land mines: )
First – when the list of challenges first came out this one stumped me. It was finally decided, in a very round-about way with much discussion, that I needed a swimsuit so I can get myself into a pool and get in shape. When Meg posted her vacation suit I knew that was what I wanted! Cute, vintage inspired, I wouldn’t look like an “old lady” or trying to cover up so I bought the pattern from a seller in France and then went online to Spandex World for the polka dot fabric and that was nearly my downfall. Ordered it almost 2 weeks ahead of time, it arrived Friday of challenge week. I made it Friday night, took pictures Saturday. Phew….
I must say, everything Meg said about this pattern is accurate. Not for the very beginner seamstress, and there are only written instructions, but it went together fairly well. The pattern is designed to be used with non-stretchy fabrics as well as knits so let me just say this – I cut “my” size out of the spandex and then cut at least an inch out of each side seam as well as the center back after fittings! The bra sizing is good (for me) and just like Meg said, the crotch gusset is HUGE. I always make the pattern as is the first time and I kept in mind that if I do this out of some very cha-cha woven fabric like Kazz did last week then all that extra may be needed. In the spandex I cut out 1″ on EACH side and at least 2″ out of the length and I’m still not sure it’s the way I like!
First landmine skirted (not having to go into a store to try on swimsuits) I knew the next hardest thing would be getting into a pool. I have issues with pools that I will not go into here, but let’s just say you can count on one hand with fingers left over the number of times I’ve gone into a pool in the last three decades. I figured I’ve conquered my fears of being photographed, of being photographed in public wearing an outfit that might draw some attention : ) and that peculiar fear of just being honest and putting myself out there in a forum where others MAKE COMMENTS!
So ladies, in honor of my birthday this Thursday (the 2nd) I have put on a bathing suit, NOT worn any foundation undergarments and, honoring the 14 year old girl that started a national campaign asking magazines to stop photoshopping their models, I did NOT photoshop out any blips, blops or the owie from my kitty : ) This is it, about as “me” as you’ll ever get. Thank goodness my daughter was available for pics!!
I’m going to make 2 straps and X them across my back instead of the around-the-neck thing. I wanted to channel more of a Betty Grable pose but the back kept slipping and we kept adjusting and futsing and once I got in the water that extra support will be most appreciated.
In this week of Olympic spirit I am inspired by the Walnut Creek Aquanuts, award winning synchronized swimmers. A team of local girls, they are “12-time National Champions and winners of over 200 national and world titles. Home to 17 Olympians (8 of them gold medalists), we have come a long way since 1968 when we began with just two swimmers. Four of our 60 athletes were chosen for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team (two other Aquanuts also competed at the 2008 Olympics, representing Japan & the Czech Republic.)”
Right in my own back yard, Olympic athletes : )
I was not a swimmer when I was younger but I did swim. Just for giggles I tried doing a couple of their “moves”…
HAH! Those girls are young, in shape and practice. I am *not* but I’m working on it : ) Now I’ve got a pretty cute suit that I can wear proudly at any pool.
To get through this challenge I have to thank first my daughter, who made the very wise comment that “It’s time to evolve”. She’s right. I’d probably say “Just do it” but that’s a certain sportswear manufacturer’s tag line and I don’t like them (again, for reasons I won’t go into here) but that’s about it. It’s time to get on with it. If not for my friend Heidi and her gorgeous backyard and salt water pool I wouldn’t be in water : ) We did manage a “Palm Springs Glamour” shot –
So there we are. After this challenge I can do ANYTHING : )
In case you haven’t noticed, if you read the bio bit at the bottom of the post, I’ve now got my own blog up and running. It’s still very basic, but it’s there : ) I’ll be posting more details of the challenges, a few little how-to’s like the silk painting and some hat making tips and more stories of my adventures. Thank you for all your kind comments and brave postings. You all inspire me more than you might know.