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Ariel Women's Swimsuits
By Laura Keith
From Stitch Summer 2013
For the home sewist who wants to spend more time in the pool and less time trying on swimsuits, both the one-piece and the bikini version will make for a delightfully figure-flattering summer.
Above the water line, the bright trim strap and underarm detail is eyecatching. Inspired by Ariel, the Shakespearean sprite who stirs up a storm, both styles are sturdy enough under water for some energetic body surfing.
Fabric for tank swimsuitNOTE: Swimsuit, trim, and lining fabricmust stretch at least 50% in bothdirections; 54" wide— 1 yd swimsuit fabric, Main color— ¼ yd swimsuit fabric Contrast fortrim— 1 yd swimsuit lining fabric— 5 yd cotton-covered swimsuitelastic, 3/8"
Fabric for BikiniNOT E: Swimsuit, trim, and lining fabricmust stretch at least 50% in bothdirections; 54" wide— ½ yd swimsuit fabric, main color— ¼ yd contrast swimsuit fabric for trim— ½ yd swimsuit lining fabric— 6 yd cotton-covered swimsuitelastic, 3/8"
Other supplies— Pattern:— Front (A)— Back (B)— Twin needle, size 4.0/80— Stretch needle or universal needle,sizes (80/12) and (90/14)— Matching textured nylon thread forbobbin— Coordinating polyester sewing thread— Rotary cutter, and self-healing mat— Fabric-safe marker— Optional: Fabric-turning tubes (forstraps)The torso measurement goes from oneshoulder, over the fullest part of yourbust, between your inner thighs, andthen back up to the same shoulder.