Leopard print bikini top/bralette

Leopard print bikini top / bralette

Leopard print bikini top / bralette

This summer, before a camping event, I decided to make myself another bikini top/bralette like the ones I made the previous summer.

Unfortunately (?) I got on a roll, having bought a bunch of cute swimwear fabric at the Grandmother’s Fabric Sale in the spring, and cut out a BUNCH of them. (Including this leopard print fabric, which I didn’t buy at this sale, but had leftover from another project – a leopard print top, and skirt.)

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Simple silver crop top

Blog post promo image about the silver crop topJust a simple garment I finished off recently – a UFO that had been in the pile for a while.

This uses the same latex-coated silver spandex that I made leggings out of back in 2016. I think I cut out the crop top shortly after that, but didn’t love it, so didn’t finish it off.  Well I pulled it out of the UFO box and finished it…. and have worn it… for a set of photos and nothing more.

However… the top also matches an underbust corset I have in the same fabric.  I originally intended the whole ensemble as part of a costume that I’ve obviously never worn as intended.

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A SECOND Snakeskin Knit Dress

A second 'wearable toile' - a dress in a snake skin print knit

A second ‘wearable toile’ – a dress in a snake skin print knit

A while back I got a bunch of fabric from my former teacher, and one of those lengths of yardage was this thin, snakeskin print.  I ended up making shorts, leggings, and a dress… most as “intentionally wearable toiles” – basically test garments in fabric that I’d like enough to possibly wear if the pattern worked out -but not so special that I’d be devastated if it didn’t.

When I got some free fabric from a former teacher, I put this snakeskin knit into the “to make toilles with” box – it’s always nice to have some knit that I don’t really love that I can use to mock up patterns with to test fit…

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Black Pleather bralette

Selfie in my black pleather (matte pvc) bralette

Selfie in my black pleather (matte pvc) bralette

When I said that during the summer of 2021 I went on a major bralette-sewing spree – mostly using the Barrett Bralette pattern, I wasn’t kidding!

However, this black pleather bralette is the last one (of that group at least! I might still make more!) to share with you. I also made a bright floral bikini top and bottomflame-print bralette /bikini top, a polka-dot bikini top/ bralette ,  a purple paisley bikini set, and a silver cut-velvet bralette as well  using this same pattern.

Stitching the matte black PVC/ Pleather bralette

Stitching the matte black PVC/ Pleather bralette

The fabric for this one is a matte wet-look / stretch pleather/ matte PVC, but I’m just going to call it “pleather” for this post.  I think I bought it with the idea that it would make great leggings (and it would!) but right now I already have a few pairs of fake-leather-looking kind of leggings, but I DIDN’T have a black pleather bralette! Continue reading

Cut velvet bralette

Selfie in my new silver cut-velvet bralette

Selfie in my new silver cut-velvet bralette

Next up in my summer bralette-making spree is a silver cut-velvet bralette using the  Barrett Bralette pattern, (with some fairly significant modifications to fit me properly).

I also made a bright floral bikini top and bottomflame-print bralette /bikini top, a polka-dot bikini top/ bralette , and a purple paisley bikini set as well  using this same pattern.

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