When the Soma Swimsuit pattern was launched by Papercut, I was really excited. Papercut Patterns are a Kiwi company (the ONLY Kiwi pattern company?), and I like to buy local. I loved the bikini style with regular pants, and was confident that I could make any adjustments needed.
*NSFW pics below the jump*
My first iteration is loungewear. I used scraps of stash fabric. I did have to purchase some little metal rings for where the straps join together... and I couldn't find these at all in the shops (only ugly plastic ones). I ended up ordering them online from the US. Bear this in mind if you live in Australia or NZ - unless one of you knows a source that I didn't think of?
|Need to make some adjustments to the top of the cup to minimise gaping|
The elastic at the top of the cups takes a lot of the weight, so the stretch of this will determine how much support your top has. If you choose to use wider elastic, you will also need to increase the size of the metal rings. I also think that the back needs some extra stiffening where the fabric ends (see it bowing in the photo below?). Personal preference prevails, but I'm contemplating whether some plastic boning would help.
|Love the style of the back!|
I sewed the bottoms as per the instructions. The style is a bit meh, for me. They come up a little higher than I find flattering, and the crotch is far too wide. To sew these again, I'd have to chop about 3cm off the total crotch width. It will be just as simple to trace a pair of flattering undies instead.
|Pretty good, but can be improved.|
Anyone else tried Papercut Patterns? Any thoughts on this particular pattern?