My Christmas holiday did not include any gift buying or exchanges or holiday decorating. It was "no stress" bliss! Instead we spent time with family and friends in a beautiful, warm location. We had such a good time in Puerto Rico last year, we went back this year. We found a different house via VRBO (Vacation Rentals by Owner) in a gated community in Humacao, on the east coast.
The house had a pool with waterfall, and met the sleeping requirements for our group of 11, but it had a few idiosyncrasies. We have used VRBO for many of our vacation rentals in the USA and abroad. All were good experiences. But it is always interesting to discover what the pictures do not show. For this rental, one bedroom could only be reached through another bedroom and a bathroom. Awkward is so many ways. The stairs to the second floor was only slightly better than a ladder.
|Stairs from 2nd floor|
This house was near a scenic beach and a nature preserve with bike/walking trails and lagoon kayaking. We walked the Iguana Trail hoping to see some of the big lizards. "Chicken of the trees" as our PR host called them. They are edible. We didn't see a one. However as we were walking across the common area of the neighborhood we came upon a couple.
We did touristy things like visiting the Bacardi Rum distillery, sailing and snorkeling on the offshore islands, and exploring beaches along the coast. And I ate my annual quota of mofongo (mashed fried plantains).
I decided to make a new bathing suit for the trip. If you search the internet for bathing suit styles for women over 40, you are advised to wear a one piece in a solid ‘jewel tone” with strategic peats or ruching to detract from the inevitable bumps and lumps of the mature figure. Well, I went with part of that advice. My suit is a one piece, but there is not a lot ruching or pleats and it is certainly not a solid jewel tone color. The swimsuit fabric that called to me from my stash was a pink paisley (fabricmartfabrics). I have wanted to sew this swimsuit from the June 1997 Burda World of Fashion magazine for a long time.
|Burda 6 1997 Swimsuit 128|
IMHO, successful one piece swimsuits have 3/8" elastic around every open edge, armholes, leg openings and neck/ shoulder area. If the pattern instructions do not include elastic cut lengths, I use the guidelines from Singer Sewing Activewear book.
|Elastic Cut Guidelines for Swimsuits|
One measurement I always check on one piece swimsuit patterns is the torso measurement.
To measure my torso measurement, I run a tape measure down the back from where the shoulder meets the neck, through the legs and back up the front. (In other words, make a loop).
To determine length adjustments needed for pattern.
Method 1 - If pattern include a torso measurement.
I have only seen this measurement published in Stretch and Sew (where it is called overall body measurement) and Jalie patterns. Jalie has a very good Tutorial-sizing
Divide my torso measurement in half.
Measure either the front or back pattern piece from shoulder to crotch taking into account the seam allowances.
|measuring the torso length of the swimsuit pattern|
Compare the difference between body measurement and pattern measurement. If body measurement is larger that pattern, the difference is the amount that will needed to be added to both the front and back pattern pieces. If body measurement is less than pattern measurement,. the difference is the amount that will need to be removed from both the front and back pattern pieces.
Example: My torso measurement is 62" ( back and front combined). I divide by 1/2 because I only plan on measuring the front pattern piece. Half of 62" is 31" The Burda pattern front was 30". On the pattern pieces there are length adjustment lines, above and below the waist, where you can remove length (by folding the lower line to the upper), or adding length by slashing the pattern and adding more paper.
I added 1/2" at the upper and lower adjustment lines on both the back and front pattern pieces. Note that is 2" total when considering the torso measurement which includes back and front combined.
I also added extra S/A at the shoulder seams in case I needed extra length in the upper back (an alteration I always make for tops and jackets). And I always do a try on of the suit before sewing the shoulder seams and adding the elastic as recommended below.
The suit is fully lined. The elastic was applied using a zig zag stitch, and top stitching was done with an overlocker. I am really pleased with how well it fits.
|Burda Swimsuit Front|
|Kwik Sew 3064 back|
The champagne is chilling in preparation for the countdown to the new year. This year we have a jar of Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup to add to our champagne. The champagne bubbles cause the flower blossom to unfurl and it is so pretty. And you can eat the flower too.
Wishing everyone a wonderful new year!