Happy New Year, dear readers!
This was my last sewing project of 2016! A bikini top using Madalynne’s free Noelle halter bra pattern. I’ve had this pattern downloaded for a while but never had the time or fabric to make it. I was browsing through other bloggers’ versions of the Noelle, and was inspired to make it a bikini top. I had some lycra that was intended for another project that I didn’t get around to doing and I was expecting hot swimming weather in the upcoming Summer holidays, it was a sign that the time to make the Noelle was now.
I made a size small and found it fit well. I used plain elastic rather than picot as recommended in the pattern and the sliders were upcycled from an old bra. As I was intending to swim in them, when sewing the elastic in I stretched it a bit to make sure the bikini would be snug. I reduced the width of the band by half. The straps are made from the same lycra fabric. I cut 2.5cm wide strips, folded it into thirds and sewed it with a zig-zag stitch. As the lycra I was working with was quite stretchy, I reduced the strap length by about 3cm.
Before the attaching the band to the bodice, I inserted some swimwear bra cups bought from Spotlight between the lycra and lining layers. I hand-stitched them to the lining fabric, then continued on with the pattern instructions.
I didn’t have time to make a matching bikini bottom before I went off to Alice Springs for my Christmas and New Years. Perhaps I will try it in 2017 if I have enough lycra left.
I was able to test out my new bikini top at Henley Beach in Adelaide this week. It fit very comfortably! Thank you to Alex for being my photographer.