The solution is elementary: make a swimsuit for myself.
I have started with research, as every good scientist must, to figure out the nuances of the subject and the experiments already undertaken by those who's footsteps I shall follow in.
|This tankini can be found in the Etsy shop MimiHammer|
|A tutorial for this lace modification can be found at |
Another idea is to add lace to an existing swimsuit, to dress it up and make it feel more luxurious. Perhaps lace can be an accent, but I would like to make sure that the suit remains fast drying, so being well informed about the fabric content of the lace will be important. Synthetic will be a requirement so as to maximize the longevity of the garment.
There is also the option to add lots of straps to appease the needs of form as well as function. There are many forms of harnesses that merit consideration. The first set of straps that I am considering is more about form and accents the decollage in an interesting manner, mainly by separating and highlighting the area just bellow. One thing that peaks my concerns with this arrangement is that my natural waist is small, but my ribcage is not, so if I highlight my ribcage I might be doing myself a diservice in terms of making an attractive garment that doesn't make me look like a harlot. It's never easy. My other concern is that horizontal stripes are not the most flattering on me, though the vertical strip that goes down the middle might be enough to elongate my physique.
The deconstructed nature of this bikini appeals to me, but the string bikini has never offered enough support for my ample frame and the strings tend to cut into my skin. Also, the shape of these bottoms is off, the crotch is too wide, which is unflattering, in my opinion.
|Dumpster Dives Thrift Store|
Here is a beautiful top. The colors are a lovely combination and the fishnet in black juxtaposed to the golden ruffled lace is delightful. One other downside is that crochet tends not to hold up very well in water as it tends to deform greatly when wet, often leading to crocheted swimsuits becoming so laden with liquid that they fall off of the wearer. Crochet is for sunbathing only, though the design aspects of this garment could be something I end up taking for my own designs. Also, another string bikini, how frightfully unimaginative and dull, not to mention uncomfortable. This full figured female needs a little more support from her support, if you know what I mean.
|Comic Book Movie|
This is an adorable outfit that might be able to be translated into an equally adorable tankini or one piece. I really like the very dark red with the gold accents and blue bottom, which has a fantastic line and drape to it. Thinking that something similar could be done by putting a pleated ruffle on a short skirt that is ruched up at the sides with an accent acting to hold it up. Have to be careful not to have too many layers of overlapping fabric as that would make it not dry well after a dip in the water. Also, hurray for super hero reimaginings, Wonder Woman is awesome.
Lastly for the Wonder Woman stuff, there is an amazing drawing of a delightfully steampunk Wonder Woman. I really like the breast area with the use of the metallic with delicate ruffles coming out of the top of that. I think that it is something I could use in my own design, but only time will tell.