Readers, in one of those "only could happen to Peter" moments of which I experience so many, I was walking the dogs yesterday when what do I discover discarded at a nearby curb but a pile of clean swimwear knit remnants (above). I took it as a sign that I am aligned with my purpose.
They're not as high quality as the stuff I'd purchased earlier in the week, but all in all not bad. I've already made two suits out of them!
I started with the orange and black flame print, and this time made a standard Speedo-style suit (using vintage McCall's 3428).
Instead of lining the whole thing, I just lined the front, using the same fabric for the lining.
This time I added only one drawstring hole, which does the job.
I turned the serged edges under approximately 1/2" on the waistband and 1/4" on the legs. The edges of the lining panel don't fray so I left those as-is.
Next, I took the neon green floral print and made a similar suit for Michael. Mikey likes it!
Finally, I made a square cut suit for Michael, using the grayish green Marc Jacobs floral print he favored. Rather than lining the whole thing, I created an inner brief with my lining material and inserted it into my outer suit. (This is yet another way men's swimsuits are often lined.)
By this point, I was really tired of sewing swimsuits, so I turned to something else: my purple and green patterned shirt from earlier in the week.
I felt it needed a breast pocket. So I made one. You'd need eagle eyes to even tell it's there, but it's a handy place to put sunglasses.
Last but not least, do you remember those 75 unclaimed patterns left over from MPB Day? Well, thanks to attendee Karen D., they have now been donated to the Queens Central Library Sewing Club. Off my hands and into someone else's!
Readers, this may be the last time you hear from me this month.
I wish you all a great end of August and, like the song says...
Let's face it: there's not a lot of tailoring in a mens swimsuit. It's basically two or three pieces of fabric stitched together with the top folded-over to create a casing for a drawstring. But it has to fit. And ideally it's finished in a professional way. That's my ideal anyway.
For the past month or so, my serger, a Brother 1034D that I bought refurbished more than four years ago and has been trouble-free from the get-go, started making a very disturbing clunking sound whenever I used it.
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught home sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mainly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!