My 2017 Christmas Outfit


I hope that you are all snugly and warm this holiday season with your friends/family :) I thought I would sneak this holiday themed outfit into your blog feeds right in time for Christmas Eve, a perfect blog post to read while sipping some hot chocolate (with Bailey's optional but highly recommended!) 


Today I'm sharing with you my Christmas outfit, a festive Galloway sweater and matching large plaid Arum dress. Let's start with the Galloway shall we? 

I was smitten with this pattern the moment it came out in the latest wool people and I knew that it was going to be my Christmas sweater this year. I have never done such an ambitious colour work project before (or any pattern with a steek!) so I was a bit hesitant but it's soooo pretty that I had to try this pattern out. Even though I knew I wanted this cardigan for Christmas I was still a little stumped for colour choices, I wanted to do justice to incredible colour work. Luckily for me Jared included several colour suggestions which made life much easier for a newbie to colour work :D I was lucky enough to snag some Brooklyn Tweed Shelter from Beehive Wool Shop during Knit City this year (they brought over a huge tote bag of yarn for me from Victoria!). The colours I used were Storm Cloud for the main body colour (7 skeins) , Cinnabar (1 skein), Fossil (1 skein), and Long Johns (1 skein). I even had enough of the storm cloud and fossil colour ways left over to make myself a pixel hat with a massive faux fur pompom which you can see in the images below :D


I knit size 38 and shortened the torso by about an 1". I did this by removing one full ten row repeat of the body lice pattern and redistributing the decreases evenly across the remaining repeats. Overall I think this cardigan fits really well size wise, the knitted fabric with shelter has a nice drape, stiff enough to hang nicely open but not so stiff as to not have any movement. It's a very cozy, relaxed cardigan, perfect for siting around a fire with friends or family or wearing under a warm jacket to go the Christmas market or skating :) The only thing that I think I would change, if I could, in a future one would be to narrow the sleeves a smidgen, they are bit baggy on me. However I have no idea where you would even begin with the math to make that a possibility! I even had enough of the storm cloud and fossil colour ways to make myself a pixel hat with a massive faux fur pompom which you can see in the images below :D


If you've been on my Instagram you'll know that I actually knit the yoke of this cardigan twice! I inadvertently cast off the wrong number of stitches for the underarm which resulted in my counts being completely off for the entire yoke and I didn't notice until I was almost done :( (this is what happens when you knit while watching season 2 of stranger things!) But I'm really glad that I took the time to unpick everything and re-knit it because the end result is fabulous. It also meant that I go really good at colour knitting, I was even able to teach myself how to hold strands of yarn in each hand and knit continental style! There were a few puckers here and there, mostly where stitches were slipped from rows below in order to avoid three stranded knitting, but these all blocked out making a nice smooth fabric :D

 I'm still drooling over this colour work

I'm still drooling over this colour work

I hadn't knit with shelter until now, but as with all of the Brooklyn Tweed yarns it was a dream to knit with and the resulting fabric feels amazing to wear, warm but not bulky and not heavy, and I adore seeing the little flecks of colour that make up each colour way in the yarn. I haven't included pictures of me cutting the steek because no one needs knitting induced anxiety on Christmas Eve but suffice to say that it was a nerve racking experience :S but also kind of exciting because it meant I was super close to wearing the finished cardigan! To fit with the Christmas colours, I finished the seek with some velvet red ribbon which you can kind of see peeking in some of the above photos. I'm now offically a steek knitting/cutting master!


Moving along to my Aurm dress! I got this fabric last year from Caroline at BlackBird fabrics during a pop up shop she had in Vancouver. I actually sewed this dress last year but never got around to posting about it, even though I've worn it a bunch! It works for both formal and informal functions and it's super comfy! 


The Aurm dress is a simple, shift dress pattern with flattering back shaping which helps avoid any of the lower back pooling of fabric some shift dresses have. I love the over sized plaid print of this fabric, and I think it goes really well with the simple lines of the Arum dress. Due to the large print, however, I did have to be cognizant of the pattern placement when I was cutting out the dress. I wanted to match up the lines of the plaid as much as possible to ensure consistency, and in the end I think I did a pretty good job! :D I cut a straight size 40, with the only alterations being my usual short person adjustment of about 2.5", and everything fits great! I may make the sleeves a smidgen looser in future makes since there are a bit tight on my biceps (I've been working out yo!) but other than that this is definitely a simple dress pattern that I will be turning back to time and again.

 Look at that plaid matching!

Look at that plaid matching!

That's it for this post! I hope to have one more blog post for your guys before 2017 is done! I hope that you guys are having an amazing holiday season! 

Much love friends!

-Becca & the fluffy blond monster 


Maylebone DC!

Hi friends!

Lots of knitting posts lately but that's to be expected with the cool fall weather... it's the best time to bust out all the knitwear I've been making all year :D This post is a throw back to a project I finished waaaayyy back in Febuary of this year but never got around to posting (Although it saw a fair bit of action during #MeMadeMay if you travel back in time to those posts!) I first saw Marylebone, by the amazing Bristol Ivy, when it published in May of 2016, and while the accompanying pictures certainly gave off a spring/summer vibe this is definitely a cold weather sweater my friends! I had always wanted to try out knitting with Quarry yarn but the price tag always scared me away...After visiting my local yarn shop and sourcing a few alternative options and price points I put this project on hold until January of this year when my semi-local yarn shop (I mean Victoria is a kind of local to Vancouver no? it's only a ferry ride away), Beehive Wool Shop, had a sale and since they are one of the few Canadian retailers for Brooklyn Tweed it put Quarry back in my price point and directly into my shopping cart! Funny story, I had tried to purchase the yarn from their website but it wasn't working with the sale discount so I gave the lovely ladies at Beehive a call but they were so inundated with customers because of the sale they couldn't confirm if they had enough skeins left of the Moonstone colour way so they agreed to honor the sale price for me when they called back the following day. It so happened that we were going snowshoeing the following day, but I figured they would probably call early so I wasn't worried. Turns out they were a bit busy in the morning re-setting from the sale (duh!) so they didn't call back until we were half-way up Hollyburn mountain. So there I was reciting my credit card in the middle of a snow covered forest, having paused our trek half way up a mountain, while fully equipped with snowshoes/winter gear/crazy-carpet/hot chocolate & Bailey's for the top, just to get my hands on some coveted yarn.....and this is when I knew I was a crazy yarn lady (: 

 If you've been lurking my Instagram you've probably seen the in progress picture below from some time around January or February of this year. So much cable love in this picture!

If you've been lurking my Instagram you've probably seen the in progress picture below from some time around January or February of this year. So much cable love in this picture!

Let me tell you guys that knitting with Quarry is a different experience! Like Brooklyn Tweed's other offerings, Quarry feels lighter than other yarns of a similar yarn weight, but it has a different kind of feel almost like there's a slight 'roughness' mixed with a slight residue that, while not unpleasant, left me concerned for the final product. However, after blocking this yarn really changes, it becomes super soft and 'airy', any residue that may have been on the yarn from the manufacturing process was completely gone. I really, really, REALLY love how final finished knitted fabric feels and how it drapes, it really is a joy to wear! Despite it's airy feel this is a very warm cardigan, to give context even though I am #ForEverCold I found myself wearing Marylebone as a spring/fall jacket this year with either a short sleeved top (the Kale shirt below) or a thin long sleeve and I was toasty warm. I'll have to be careful in the future....I can totally see myself knitting #AllTheBulkyWeightSweaters in Quarry and living a cocoon of knit wear in my living room with tea provided by the #fluffyblondemonster (I can literally hear his brain re-calculating why are deciding to get married from both a financial and a 'why would I want to marry this crazy person' perspective.....)

 I May have a crazy yarn lady brain, but at least I'm warm! Also, can we take a moment to appreciate the cabling on the sleeves? I think they look stunning in this pattern.

I May have a crazy yarn lady brain, but at least I'm warm! Also, can we take a moment to appreciate the cabling on the sleeves? I think they look stunning in this pattern.

I finally got a chance to take some 'blog pictures', as I call them, while in DC last week for a conference.....I swindled my poor co-worker into playing photographer while we walked from the Washington Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial since I forgot my trusty tripod and remote shutter at home (and no I don't mean the #fluffyblondemonster although he does quite often act as my photographer....again, I can hear him re-thinking this whole marriage thing...). Luckily for me, since we were at a super touristy spot, I didn't feel totally awkward taking photos like I usually do :)

Like I mentioned above, this cardigan works great as a jacket for a crisp fall day, especially if you'll be doing a TON of walking (it's hard to judge perspective for distance between all these monuments...and I had run out of US data for my phone so I couldn't consult google). You may notice that my version of Marylebone is lacking a few key features, namely the pockets and the buttons. I actually have both buttons and pockets but they never made it onto the final cardigan. The buttons because I bought grey buttons from Dressew that matched the Moonstone colour way much too closely, I went back to Dressew to get new ones and accidentally bought more of the exact same I now have 10 of these buttons (one of which doesn't even have the holes to sew it on drilled in....). The pockets were left off because I coudln't decided if I wanted/needed them on this cardigan or not....since it's been knocking about for 9 months without the pockets I think it's safe to say that they will stay as swatches in my sweater drawer for the imminent future.

 Also pictured is my blue crazy stripped Kale shirt and my black ginger jeans #MeMadeEveryDay

Also pictured is my blue crazy stripped Kale shirt and my black ginger jeans #MeMadeEveryDay

Let's take a moment to appreciate the cables on this pattern shall we? They are the defining feature of this cardigan, the cables mirror along all sides of the piece; along the front button band, the sleeves, and along the spine. Now, you may have noticed that the back cable has this beautiful tapering that really adds to the overall design as it merges at the top with the sleeves. Because of the tapering nature of this cable work I couldn't even begin to fathom how to shorten this pattern for my short self. In the end I decided to just go with it and knit it as written for the body and I think it worked out pretty great to be honest. The hem hits just under my bum, which is similar to how it looks on the pattern model, which is my go to method for determining if something fits after a life time of wearing clothes that were too big....I ask myself 'where on the body should this hem hit on a regularly heighted human?'. In this instance I think I just kind of lucked out that it ended up being a good fit length wise, it was meant to be I suppose! :D  I ended up going a bit smaller on the recommended ease, I have 2" of easy with the size 38 vs the 3-6" recommended int the pattern, but this was mostly because I knew I would probably never button it up (well I can't since I don't have buttons but I didn't know that when I was choosing my size), I also I did shorten the sleeves by about an inch but that was easy since the cabling was a consistent width for the entire sleeve. Another small alteration point I would like to make here is about the joining of the spine cables with the sleeve/shoulder cables at the back, there is a slight gap when all is said and done that I didn't really mind when it was all finished but has gotten a bit bigger with wear, so I've use a bit of leftover yarn to seal it up. It's just the nature of how the cables all come together at the end, and it's a simple fix,  but I thought I should mention it in case anyone else notices the same issue.


All in all I really love my Marylebone :D both as a light jacket and as a nice warm cardigan for winter! In terms of wear and tear, despite the 'loosely spun nature' of the yarn (direct words from the manufacture here!) I think it's going to hold up really well for years to come! More fall and winter knitting (and sewing!!!) coming at you guys soon! 


Veronika Cardigan

Hi Internet friends!

As promised in the last post today I'm sharing with you my new personal speed knitting record, my Veronika cardigan.  :D


I first heard about this pattern by Shannon Cook, through the Fringe Association posting wayyyy back in July and added it to my queue immediately, knowing that I would want it for a fall knit... given that it's essentially a craftily constructed worsted weight blanket I didn't really want to start this project until the weather was sufficiently cool. As it turns out my patience in waiting to cast on paid off in spades as it allowed me to wait until this year's Knit City to pick up this amazing yarn by Sweet Fiber Yarns, an amazing dyer local to British Columbia.

Side Bar: Knit City was amazing!! It was the first time that the stars aligned so I could go this year and I had a blast! I think the best way to explain my experience with how friendly and engaging the knitting community is is through the following analogy I gave to my non-knitting friends; Knit City was kind of like a sober version of the ladies room at a bar, everyone is so complementary, everyone is ooing and awing over what everyone else is wearing, ladies come up and touch what ever knit wear you have on to see what it's like, everyone is super forthcoming with the details of what they knit, the pattern, the yarn, etc., and most of all you instantly have about 100 new best friends. The only difference is that it's much more sober (well we were all a little punch drunk over the yarn selection......)


Back to Sweet Fiber Yarns, currently her yarns are only available at a single shop in in BC or through her online store so getting to see all the yarn in person at Knit City (in all their squishy goodness) was amazing! I had been crushing hard over this particular colourway, Rose Gold, after seeing it on her Instagram, I was in love with the way the golden tones and the deep dusty pink played together. So off I trucked to Knit City thinking initially that I would simply by a single skein in fingering weight and make a nice fall shawl even though deep down I knew I wanted to knit the Veronika cardigan with it (I was trying to be a good #adult and stick to a budget!).....however the knitting gods heard my internal dilemma and set temptation in my path in the form of a fellow knitter who had knit the Veronika and happened to be in the Sweet Fiber booth moments after I had purchased my single skein of fingering weight.....I took that skein for anice trip around to all the booths, even bumping into that same knitter a few times, until I eventually succumbed and went back and exchanged my single skein for 6 skeins of rose gold Merino twist worsted. (Side bar for the #fluffyblondmonster: I think the point is here that I TRIED to stick to a budget....I tried really hard! who am I to contend with the wills of the knitting gods?)


Let's get to my knitting notes: all in all this was a super fast knit, almost exactly one week from the moment I cast on to the moment it was blocked and drying on our living room floor (I wish I took a picture because I had to do some creative blocking since it was bigger than the interlocking foam pads I used for blocking boards and basically had to pin part of it to the carpet and then put the coffee table over top to protect it.). The speed can be mostly attributed to my need to be able to wear it as soon as possible! Not that I didn't enjoy the making process, I just really wanted to add this guy to my fall wardrobe ASAP. I knit at every opportunity, on the train in the morning and afternoon, before work and after work, it was an obsession! In the process I broke my previous personal record for speed knitting large projects by a wide margin :) In terms of sizing and modifications I knit the smallest size and took about an inch out of the back width just so it wouldn't completely overwhelm me, Shannon provides details on how to do the modifications on her website since this is knit as one big piece. Given the variegation in colour with this yarn I knit with alternating skeins, changing every two rows in order to avoid any colour pooling. In total I used almost exactly 5 skeins of yarn, leaving me with a whole skein of this loveliness for another project ;)

 Look at that colour!!!

Look at that colour!!!


As you can probably guess I haven't really taken it off since finishing it......I've worn it around work, out and about, and at home. It does take a bit of learning to figure out how to drape it 'just right' so that both fronts are even and the whole thing doesn't feel like it's going to slip off, but once you get that sweet spot you'll be in a snugly cocoon of warmth (it's a good thing this yarn is super wash because it's going to get quite a work out!) The only two possible downsides to this pattern are that it's hard to layer under a jacket since the sleeves are quite large so you'll end up with a lot of bunching in the sleeves, the second is short person related since I keep catching the wide sleeves on door handles and table edges, but such is the life of a short girl. All in all I can see myself wearing this all through the fall and spring for the foreseeable future so I'm quite happy :D

 This is a classic shot of me with my 'please stop taking photos of me I think we have enough' pose that I only make for the #fluffyblondmonster I feel like I should share more of these as they are part of the #bloglife

This is a classic shot of me with my 'please stop taking photos of me I think we have enough' pose that I only make for the #fluffyblondmonster I feel like I should share more of these as they are part of the #bloglife

More fall knitting and sewing coming your way in the next few weeks! In the mean time what are the fastest knitting projects in your books? Let me know below!

Starting Point Wrap Mystery Knit Along

Yay! It's fall! :d time for #AllTheKNitting posts!

I've been knitting up a storm recently, both towards the end of the summer and after KnitCity this year, so expect a few knitting posts in a row :) First up: I'm finally posting about my Starting Point Wrap


I'm so excited to share this project with you guys! This was my mystery first knit along and I was super pumped to take part! For those not in the know a mystery knit a long (MKAL) is when a pattern is released with only a minimal description (like what the item will ultimately be, ie. a scarf or socks, in this case a huge wrap) and the final dimensions, without an image or picture of the final project. This can be a pretty intimidating type of project to take on since you really have to trust the're literally investing hours of knitting without knowing if you will like the final result. Having knitted a fair bit in the last few years I've discovered a few designers that I would absolutely trust with my knitting hours. So when Jojli (one of my favorite knitting designers) announced this MKAL right before my birthday I was suuupppeeerrrr temped to knit along.

 such a huge wrap!! my tiny arms don't do the full size justice!

such a huge wrap!! my tiny arms don't do the full size justice!

Now, I'm not usually a huge scarf knitter, some of my very first projects were scarves and the process can be kind of scaring especially when you are first starting off knitting. Don't get me wrong, you will for sure get knitting and purling down pat if the first thing you knit is a scarf, but its a really lllooonnnnggg project to start with and it's really easy to give up and either a) end up with a super short scarf, or b) give up on knitting all when I was first looking into the final dimensions of this wrap I was kind of daunted by the final size, 26.5" by 72". All knit in fingering weight yarn with size US6 needles (aka really skinny yarn on fairly thin needles = LOTS of knitting). But! since I've knit my fair share of fingering weight cardigans/sweaters I thought that I could probably handle this guy.....I also got really swept up in all the pre-pattern release hype (I love the knitting online community!) AND the first knitting clue was to release on my birthday....we all knew I was going to end up casting on in the was fate.... Plus, I was going to ask for yarn for the project as my birthday gift and would have the whole summer to work on it until the fall came if the project proved too much.....little did I know......

 Here are the yarns all nicely boxed up....

Here are the yarns all nicely boxed up....

 ...and here's how much of each was left at the end. You can see how little of the fauna was left! All the yarn details are listed below.

...and here's how much of each was left at the end. You can see how little of the fauna was left! All the yarn details are listed below.

Now that I had committed to casting on I then needed to find some yarn for my birthday wish list! There were so many amazing dyers around the world who came up with MKAL kits specifically for this pattern, it was so inspiring! I still consider myself a relative newbie when it comes to selecting colours for a multi coloured project so it was really great to see some colour combos by 'professionals'. Since I didn't know what the final wrap would look like (and therefore couldn't choose colours based upon what would look best next to each other in the pattern) I decided to focus on what kit colour combos I liked the best as a whole, as well as if the colours in the kit would work with some of the pieces I have in my wardrobe. I ended up falling in love with the colourway that Jojli used for the knit along instructions, C1 off white, C2 pink, C3 white with speckles, C4 purple-black, and C5 brown, so I decided to find a kit that closely resembled this pallet. In particular I wanted something with a pink, a speckled or variegated pale option, and a navy or black for the dark option. I ended up settling with a Sweet Georgia Yarns kit dubbed Grandville Island which consisted of C1 Birch, C2 grapefruit, C3 Fauna (a variegated pink, yellow and purple), C4 Charcoal, and C5 Ginger.

Lucky girl that I am, the #fluffyblondemonster took my hint (I mean he couldn't really miss it, I may have spammed him via text and email and in person about how much I loved this kit....) and even took me to check out the Sweet Georgia head quarters (they are based in Vancouver) to go pet all the yarn (it's a knitting thing guys, you have to go pet the yarn) and pick up my kit. I so pumped to cast on, I think I may have scared the #fluffyblondmosnter with the speed with which I wound 5 skeins of yarn, I was a girl on a mission!

 After clue 2!

After clue 2!

It was pretty clear from the first clue that this large rectangular wrap would not come together in a 'traditional' way, meaning that we wouldn't be casting on the width of the wrap and simply knitting rows back an forth. The pattern begins with a garter tab cast on that slowly builds to an arrow shaped piece, one side has a rectangle and the other has a pointed end (hence the name starting point). You also knit the wrap in two identical parts, so two 'starting points', that are then joined by knitting an additional two triangles to fill the portions between the points. All in all a really cool way to make up a large rectangular wrap. This also made the knitting way more fun and portable, you didn't have to worry about the wrap becoming too large to carry around until the last clue! I actually knit a good portion of this wrap on a beach in Tofino with out having to worry about lugging it about or getting sand all over it. There were also eyelet, lace, and stripped sections of the pattern to break up the monotony of garter stitch (although tons of garter stitch are perfect for tv knitting!)

 perfect beach knitting!

perfect beach knitting!

Since the project was divided up into two haves, in addition to the pattern itself being broken up into a series of 5 clues, I knit this waayyy faster than anticipated. I couldn't wait each week to get the next set of pattern clues and then to knit them which really drove me to knit as fast as I could to be ready for the next clue! In the end I knit this in about 6 weeks! crazy fast for the sheer size and yarn weight/needle size for me, making this a PB (personal best!) in terms of knitting time :) A PB that held for about 4 months until I beat it this week (more on that in my next post ;)


Since the amazingly warm summer we've been enjoying has finally come to an end I've now gotten a chance to wear this beauty and I honestly love it. The Sweet Georgia tough love sock is light weight but durable so I know I'll get many fall walks and winter rambles with this oversized wrap. I've been wearing it around the office constantly wrapped around my shoulders (the heating hasn't kicked in yet), even going so far as to don it during a presentation, having it dramatically sweep about as I pointed out features of my slides. It also wears well as a large scarf which I also have been loving :)


I'm really glad that I took the plunge and had faith in Joji to design an amazing wrap! and now that I've caught the MKAL bug I'm sure there will be more mystery knits in my future :D

Bikinis and Body Confidence

Hi internet friends! 

Summer once again ran away with me and before I knew it August came and went! SO much sewing (I think my project total for August was 2 shirts and 3 dresses, not counting the bikinis I'm going to share with you now)! Bikinis at the end of August? why for you ask? BALI :D


If you've been lurking my Instagram you'll know that I was working on some Sophie Bikinis for our upcoming vacation. Again, Heather has hit it out of the park with this pattern and the accompanying online video course which was full of tips on tricks which really helped me figure out the whole process. I actually made both bikini tops first before working on the bottoms, primarily because I was so stoked about how well the first one turned out (the paler coloured one in the top of the photo above) so I coudln't wait to do the whole process all over again. For the second one I was super stoked with how well the patterning turned out, I spent a lot of time moving around the various pieces around on the fabric but it was still hard to imagine what it would look like all together until it was finished. 


For both bikini tops I cut a size 6, with cup size 5, and wire size 38. The only modification I made was to widen the bridge by 1/4" in the second top (the one on the right in the above photo) to help the cups sit better which resulted in the bridge sitting closer (though not flush unfortunately). For the bottoms I did try to shorten the original high waisted bottoms that came with the Sophie pattern but it didn't really look right, so I ended up doing what it seems most Sophie makers did when they wanted regular and not high wasted bottoms and turned to both the Heiress and the Indigo Ruched Bikini patterns by Swim Style. I ended up with both patterns because I wasn't sure which set of bottoms I would ultimately like and with time running out I decided to try out both. They are more 'cheeky' than any other bikini bottoms I've previously owned but I've been spinning my little heart out at spin class so I actually wasn't too bothered by it when I was sewing everything up and trying them on in my apartment. I did add a bit more coverage to the ruched pair since this set was the one I was planning on swimming/snorkelling and possibly surfing in. 

Side bar: I found it really difficult to find swimsuit fabric that didn't have a weird pattern on it.....for the paler swim suit I had to buy a bunch of extra fabric so that I could cut around all the weird letters in the fabric (which didn't actually spell anything) and the weird hash mark things......soooo weird!


So now we've come to the part of the blog where I'm actually wearing what I've made and while I usually have some apprehension about modelling my makes I didn't anticipate exactly how much how harder it would with with swimwear. Let me preface with that as a kid who grew up spending every summer at our family cottage and the beach I felt super comfortable prancing around in swimwear. This mental body positivity did not go unscathed as I went though my teens but has only gotten stronger, so I though, as I became an adult. I thought I had enough of a body image buffer that modeling my own swimwear would obviously feel uncomfortable but I hoped I wouldn't overly stress about it. PLUS I really loved the way they looked while I was modeling them in my apartment (in all fairness you look good in everything when Bey is blaring through the speakers....) so I was totally confidant that this would all run smoothly. #IGotThis


Turns out that taking photos while on a beach in public in a bikini is quite stress inducing....I stressed a lot on our trip about taking photos, and I got really self-conscious and had to constantly stop myself from comparing what I looked like to others around on the beach. But! ya know what? I did it. I took photos of not one, BUT TWO, handmade bikinis on a public....and now I'm posting them on the internet...... And while I did not enjoy it at the time I think the pictures look pretty good (at the time I thought they looked horibble but I think it was the heightened self consciousnesses that the process induced)

Thankfully, during our trip the #fluffyblondemonster was his usual super duper supportive self. He even offered to just candidly take photos so that I wouldn't be focusing too much on the photo taking process AND he went ahead and deleted any obviously unflattering photos to help stop me from obsessing over imperfections that only a camera can really catch. He also put up with my pretty much constant refrain of 'do I look fat?' Which looking back upon I'm pretty embarrassed about but I just couldn't shake that feeling, (and to be fair to myself it's not really a normal thing to be posing around in swimwear so I think I should give myself a pass for this hopefully passing self-consciousness) .


The two toned version with the wider straps ended up being my favorite and the set that I turned to most often through out our trip. The bikini fit well and I liked the extra support form the straps, especially when we were snorkeling in choppy waters looking for manta rays (we saw one! it was huge!). The ruched bikini bottom ended up being a big big...I cut the medium size and area coverage wise the size was good, after adding some extra coverage in the rear as mentioned above. But I think that the side, colour contrast parts were too big and I ended up pulling them up a lot while swimming. Luckily, due to the construction method, the side seams are still accessible so I can go ahead and make those shorter to make the bottoms a bit smaller and less likely to move around while swimming.

For the paler set, I ended up making some detachable straps so that I could use it as a strapless top when I wanted. Unfortunately, because the bridge is a bit too narrow, it doesn't quite stay up on it's on comfortably without the straps so I may go ahead and make them permanent. Instead of having the straps attach to the back of the suit, kind of like a regular bra, I decided to just tie them like a regular bikini which I liked the look of. The bottoms were from the heiress pattern, again a size medium, and they fit great! I really liked the hidden elastics construction on this pair and may make an additional one in the fabric of the other bikini for next year :)

 staying strong!

staying strong!

 my happy place :) knitting on a beach!

my happy place :) knitting on a beach!

Self body image issues aside I think my first foray into swimwear making (and as a result of it being a wired bikini top my first real attempt at bra making!) was a success! yay! :D