I have a minor crisis. Blue Angels weekend is in 3 weeks and I need a new bathing suit. Yes, I went with the same group of people last year and wore my bikini with lots of margaritas and no shame, but I've been wearing that bikini for at least 3 years now! Here's a picture of the setup. You're in the water for several hours (see people in floats and standing) so there's no point in wearing a cute pareo or wrap. (See the Blue Angels I caught in the right corner?)
Okay, so I cruised PR some last night for the 2 patterns I have and started on 2 years ago, and there's no hope of turning them into one-pieces, which I've decided to go with. (Enough of the stretch marks, already!) But I remembered I bought the Kwik Sew Swim & Action Wear book - hooray! I didn't have that when I ruined the boy shorts, so I'm hopeful the elastic will work out this time. So I began my research for the best style. First I tried on all my old suits (I never throw them away) and salvaged what I liked best about each one. Here they are being menaced with scissors!
And here's what I ended up with - lots of pads, a couple of nylon padding bra cups, and some buckles....
And here's where I get stuck. The princess seamed one-piece is slimming, but you can't do anything interesting with it besides contrasting fabric, which I don't have.
Here's what I do have - bought off Fabric.com 2 years ago.
So here's the other option - the spaghetti strap style, which unfortunately has a high back. (That's my skinniest feature, so I was hoping to emphasize it.) But you can jazz it up with beads to take the attention off the hips!
So I'm torn - whatcha think? The suits that I bought that I like the most are halter style, which also brings attention up from the hips, but there's no option for a one-piece like that. Maybe I'll have to draft one...
And on a side note - do you get Boston Proper catalog? I get one once a year for some reason, and look what I saw:
I made that very dress, see? I totally should've done the straps like hers. (I bet nobody told HER that stripes made her hips look wide!)
And check this dress on sale:
That is so totally my current dress in progress!
Maybe I should draft a swimsuit like the catalog has....wait, I don't have any leopard-print.