While most of the blogging world is experiencing snow, rain and cold, cold weather, here in Perth we’re experiencing a heatwave with temperatures soaring at around 40°C (about 104°F!!) for about a week so far with no signs of cooling down until after new year. We live near the beach (about 5 minutes drive) and also have a pool (which is a good thing really coz in this extreme heat it’s too hot to walk on the beach sand plus Western Australia has recently become the deadliest place in the world for shark attacks!!) Oh dear, and to think that I paddled across 20km (about 13 miles) of ocean 2 years ago to Rottnest Island in my kayak. I don’t think I’ll ever attempt that again but am very glad that I did it! Here are two of my favorite photos from that particular day and no, we didn’t encounter any sharks, thank goodness!
Anyway, so now that the ocean isn’t as popular as it used to be (and hey, I still go for a swim every now and then and it’s just divine but I’m just cautious these days!), how do we stay cool? Well, I stay indoors and sew and what do I sew when I don’t feel like wearing very much at all? I sew swimwear! Today I made my first pair of bikinis and am almost hesitant to share the photos with you all as they are a bit bare, but in the name of sewing and sharing what I’ve learnt here goes nothing…
The pattern is McCall’s M5400 and I’ll be honest and tell you that the only reason I bought it was because it was CHEAP! ($2.99) and I figured that I’d rather trial swimwear sewing using inexpensive patterns and fabrics. The fabric is amazing and I love, love, love the colours as they are so very me. It has shiny silver circles all over it and the fabric itself is relatively thick and feels great. The most expensive part of this whole exercise was the swimwear elastic at $1.10 per meter and i needed 5 metres. 50cm of the fabric cost me $5 so all up, for under $15 I have a terrific bikini (fully lined!) and I’ve learnt to sew stretch lycra. I’m not sure if I used the correct stitch but it’s a curvy zig-zag and has certainly given me a look that I can live with. The neck strap is not adjustable and I probably should have added a bit more into it for my longer body and I think that the elastic down the middle of the “v” at the front is a bit loose but I didn’t know how to test this prior to adding all the other parts and now that all the other parts have been added it’s too hard to unpick and correct. Oh well, at this price I can afford to make a second pair. I like these bikinis much better in real than on the cover of the pattern and know that I will now go out and dare to make more expensive swimwear (using more expensive patterns too!).
Well, I must head out for a dip in the pool now to test my new swimwear out… let’s hope they work! So from hot, hot Perth I wish you a wonderful day no matter what the weather!