Basic bikini WELL’S BAY is a reversible bikini that is strikingly minimal yet versatile. I named it after the disappearing beach here on Saba - one of the most breathtaking locations on the island.
Living in a hard-to-reach area, I originally designed this bikini to use the stretch of strips of swimwear fabric - which I call "elast-ish" - rather than special elastics or other notions (although elastic is optional). The wireless top has under-bust darts, thin shoulder straps and ties at the back. The bottoms are low-rise hipsters that provide full coverage, thanks to the curved seam of the side panels. Ideal for the minimalist who cannot choose, the reversibility gives you four different wearable combinations and plenty of opportunity for color-blocking.
This pattern was drafted for a B cup and will fit smaller busts best. Instructions will guide you whether using a standard sewing machine only or in combination with a serger.
GENERAL INFO This is a computer drafted, print and cut PDF pattern, printable in black/white or color. The A0/copyshop file is included in your purchase. The pattern includes all sizes, but the size views can be easily toggled on or off in order to print only the size you want to make. Step-by-step, illustrated instructions provide extensive detail on bust adjustments and using the burrito method (including video).
SIZING + FABRIC
Medium weight, 4-way stretch swimwear fabric with approx. 40% - 65% horizontal stretch and 25% - 50% cross grain stretch. Swimwear fabric typically contains 80% - 90% nylon or polyester and 10% - 20% elastane (ie. Spandex, Lycra).
ALL sizes require a total of 1 meter (or 1 yard) of fabric, split between two different colors or prints. The instructions use a solid on one side, and a print on the other for clarity.
NOTIONS + Coordinating thread (polyester, stretch or wooly nylon) + Stretch needle (for sewing machine) + Hand-sewing needle + Optional notions: 1/4" to 3/8" swimwear elastic (this may provide more support) foam cups