Snow Leopard Bikini (Evie La Luve Maxine)

Helloooo! It's tricky to find a location to photograph a bikini so I really wanted to photograph this one while I was on my cruise--what better spot than on a ship in the middle of the ocean?

This is my second suit made using Spoonflower's Sport Lycra, and the second using a design by Peacoquette! My Beverly bikini is also Spoonflower, using Peacoquette's gorgeous tropical palm print. The bottoms of this suit are also the same as that Beverly suit--I used the Evie la Luve Maxine bottoms for both. I love the high rise, full coverage front, and cheeky back of this pattern. I don't actually think I would love it for underwear but it makes a great high-waisted bikini bottom!  It's easy to use an underwear pattern for swim by adding a full lining and swim, not lingerie, elastic. (Here's a tutorial on how to do it from Ohhh Lulu, but it's really not hard!)

The top is a simple wrap top that I traced off of an old American Apparel bikini top I purchased in maybe 2008? The bulk of the top is just making miles and miles of strapping! The "cups" are triangles with side pleats, and then there is a bunch of string holding it all together. It is as confusing as you would expect to put it on! I always have to try a few ways before I get it right, made more confusing by the fact that it was originally advertised as one of those wear-it-multiple-ways things. It's comfortable to wear and flattering on a small bust, and very simple to make.

At this point, I'm pretty good for swimwear, I think... at least until my next cruise!


ps: it seems like my bernina doesn't have a three-step zig zag? i used this wavy stitch which works similarly but i don't prefer the look, i like the zig zag more. anyone with a bernina 153?

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  2. This is so cool! I really love this fabric. I actually like the look of the wavy stitch and was here wondering if my Singer machine did that stitch LOL.

  3. Cute swim suit. I especially like the bottoms back view.

  4. Great swimsuit - hope you enjoyed your cruise!

  5. Oh....your swimsuit is so cute!

    My Bernina has the same stitch. I find if I make the stitch length really short, then the 's' curve looks a little more like a 3 step zig zag.

  6. This is so cute- I will have to give it a go and find a similar top to make as I'm totally in the small bust club!



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