September 28, 2014

My 3 Sisters

It's been a hectic 2 months here at the Enchanted Castle, with the recent launch of my Craftsy class plus a sweet teaching assignment in the Caribbean just before Christmas. What do they want down south, you may ask? Swimwear lessons! I will be teaching swimwear in Barbados. Now that is good timing! I used to get calls to go teach in Edmonton in February and Hawaii in July.

Not that I am complaining about Hawaii (Never!) but the two venues should have been switched around - Edmonton in July and Hawaii in February. But I digress....

I teach several different types of swimwear but I have had a special request to do bikinis. Erin and I have been working very hard to test these suits to make them fit and flatter. So without further ado, here is the latest Pin-up Girls pattern - the 3 sisters Bikinis. Drum roll, please! 


There are 3 underwired bra tops  with a unique criss-cross back that allows the bikini top to fit multiple bra cup sizes. The inside layer is made of swim cup foam and the outer cover can be whatever swimwear fabric your heart desires! The straps have the elastic sewn inside directly to the seam for the best straps you've ever experienced (yes, the instructions are included!) The bikini bra tops all use our SHORT wires, and the pattern fits breasts measuring from 6.5" - 9.5" (16.5 - 24 cm) directly across the fullest part (called the Cross Cup measurement)

There are also three centre back seam bottoms with a beautiful fit over the bum. All views have a waist high cut with doubled fabric waistband ( no elastic so no muffin top!) plus a centre back seam for shapely results. The bottoms fit hip sizes 35-47" (89 - 119.5 cm) All sizes and complete instructions are included in the pattern envelope.

VIOLET- vertical seamed bra top and bottoms with button trim at the waist 
REBECCA - uses a tie to gather the front of the top, bottoms have a ruched front panel 
MARSHA - with a twisted knot effect and bottoms with mini twists at the side front

Yes, there really are three sisters in our bra-making family and we named these bikinis after them! The product code is PB-3009. The bi-lingual patterns (French and English) patterns are available now at Bra-makers Supply at www.bramakers.com and in Europe through Bodil's Wear at www.bwear.se. If you are in the United States, they will soon be available at Sweet Cups Bra Supply at www.sweetcupsbrasupply.com

Aren't confident of your sewing abilities when it comes to swimwear? Why not take a swimwear class and learn to make swimwear the right way, with the right fit, the first time?

18 comments:

  1. Great new pattern! Really nice that it includes so many variations.
    I've been meaning to ask if any of your patterns will become available as PDF?
    I've looked into ordering from Bodil, but find it really off putting that the patterns are so much more expensive than through Bra-makers (I don't know if you're aware of this, but its more cost effective to order from Canada I think). By the way, I'm in the Netherlands.

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    1. I have no plans to do a .pdf pattern version...I haven't figured out how to make that work yet!

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  2. Just fantastic! The cute bottoms, the underwires, the sizes, the vintage-y look... these are going to be a big seller. Congrats on yet another top notch pattern and the upcoming swimwear class.

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    1. Thanks Kathy! I love this pattern and it looked so good on everyone we tried...those tops suit a lot of body types and the bottoms hide a multitude of sins!

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  3. I can't wait to sew these up!!! The fact that they're all underwire means that finally I'll be looking my best in a bikini- not all flattened out. Also congratulations on the new craftsy course. Very well done! The next best thing to being there in person.
    M. Meiklejohn

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    1. Thanks for your comments! Erin sewed up all the samples and had to model a lot more than she wanted to - I am sure. But the result is stunning. I thinks these bikinis will be a good seller!

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  4. Super cute! I love the little details. Which top sister would you recommend for those above a D cup? I think I'm larger than the cross cup measurements you list (really helpful to include those thank you). So I will likely need to grade up.

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    1. All of the cups have the same size range, but as in all of my patterns, they are easy to grade up. If you draw lines at the corners of each pattern pieces, and draw the next size up equal to the space between the last two, you can easily grade the pattern. The SHORT wires are avialable up to #48 so that pattern could be graded up 2 sizes without any problems.

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  5. Second the request for PDF patterns as I live in the Philippines and the local mail is just too unreliable.....

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    1. I don't have them available at this time as a .pdf. There are many things I have to consider before doing them in that format.

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  6. Beverly, if you ever need technical help in doing pdf versions, I'm happy to assist. You know I studied computer science and I'm well into Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Indesign and many more. Just give me a shout out.
    Your new patterns look f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s! Can't wait for next summer!

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    1. The cross cup measurement is taken directly across the fullest part of the bust, from the wire line to the wire line.

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    3. If you look at the pattern for the cup, you can see that it is an even grade, so you can extend a line from the corners connecting all the sizes. Then go out to make the next size, by drawing a line the same distance between the sizes. That will make the cup one size larger so a total of 1/2" bigger on the cross cup. If you need to do that a second time, you can!

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    1. I did change the Rebecca straps and forgot to change the drawing! I have had several tell me they chopped off the extra cut-on strap and made the Rebecca like the other two tops; and some tell me they like the cut-on straps better. Each to their own, I guess! By the way, your plan is sound! Go for it and I hope you enjoy wearing Rebecca!

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