Pattern testing: Sophie Swimsuit

Sophie swimsuit Sophie swimsuit
Summer is here and it means another good reason for a new swimsuit! Luckily a couple of months ago I was offered to be one of the pattern testers for Sophie Swimsuit by Closet Case Files. This swimsuit has classic silhouette and very flattering balconette cups. “View A is a classic one-piece with a pronounced hourglass shape and skinny elastic straps. View B mixes a bra-style halter tied top with an elegant high waisted bikini bottom. With a low cut leg and a full cup, both offer sexily modest coverage.”
Sophie swimsuit

Initially  I made view A in a quick muslin version only because I’m not really sure about wearing a bikini. But then I saw how good the bikini looked, so I decided to make view B with foam cups and underwires.

The Sophie swimsuit has its own method of measurements. According to this system, my underbust size is 0 with cup size 5. The only alteration I made was narrowing the center gore because I have small space between breasts. This is something that I always do for any bra pattern.

Sophie swimsuit Sophie swimsuit

For the bikini bottom, I had to chop the length quite generously because I’m petite. My bikini bottom was quite high-waisted. I found that I don’t like it although I love seeing high-waisted bikini on other people. As I have a short bodice, there is not many space left between the top and bottom. So I chop the top of the bikini bottom as well.

The fabric and lining are from Okadaya fabric store in Shinjuku. Although I used my own ways in several sections, I find that the instruction is very clear. It also includes stitch types suggestion for every part of the construction. I use black foldover elastic in several parts to add a subtle contrast.

Sophie swimsuit Sophie swimsuit
Sophie swimsuit Sophie swimsuit

I took my new swimsuit to our trip to Indonesia. We stayed in an apartment that has a small swimming pool on the second floor. In the pictures it may look like that I was in a resort in Bali or somewhere, but actually I was in the middle of busy Jakarta. If you were there, you could hear the sound of cars and trucks passing by. That is not important though, as long as I feel great in my peacock swimsuit!
Sophie swimsuit Sophie swimsuit
Pattern is Sophie swimsuit by Closet Case Files (PDF) view B, size 0 cup 5 for top and size 6 for bottom.

Disclosure: The pattern was sent to me for testing purpose. All views and opinions expressed are purely my own.

Monpe pants

Monpe pantsI was in LOFT department store in Shibuya when I stumbled upon an exhibition featuring monpe pants by Unaginonedoko. At that time I had no idea what monpe mean, but I was really attracted to the colors and especially the relaxed shape of those pants.

Later I searched about monpe and found out that it is a kind of Japanese work pant. Made from durable work and characterized by its loose waist and narrow ankle, monpe was usually worn by women to work in the older days. Nowadays, modern version of monpe is made with elasticated waist and worn by both men and women.
Monpe pants
My further research (googling) led me to finding this monpe sewing pattern by Unaginonedoko that I immediately ordered. FYI, the name Unaginonedoko means eels’s bed, which is a pretty funny name. The pants have no side seam, one front patch pocket, and knee patches on the inside. Three sizes are included in the pattern: S (slim) for waist 65-85 cm and hip 110 cm, N (normal) for waist 66-86 cm and hip 120 cm, and W (wide) for waist 70-90 cm and hip 130 cm, all sizes have 66 cm inseam. The pattern is only available in Japan.
Monpe pants Monpe pants
I made two pairs of monpe for my husband. The first one is made with dark navy corduroy with diagonal lines. The fabric was not enough for the whole length, so I patched the hem with black fabric. I used the same black fabric for the knee patches. This is actually a muslin version, but my husband really loved it so I made him another pair.
Monpe pants Monpe pants

The second monpe is made with red Japanese katsuragi fabric, 100% cotton as he has always wanted a pair of red pants. I added a bit of length to the hem, that way it can be rolled up if wanted.
Monpe pants Monpe pants
Monpe pants Monpe pants

These pants are very comfortable because of the elasticated waist and loose shape. Made with the right fabric, they are perfect for summer. My husband loves both pants and have been wearing them regularly, putting his handmade jeans to rest for a while.

The pattern is actually a very simple with only one piece. I’m pretty sure that any pajama pants pattern with no side seam can be used to make a similar one. Sewing them is such an instant gratification because it was done so fast!
Monpe pants

Pattern is Monpe pants by Unaginonedoko (Japanese), size N. Only available in Japan.

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Red lace set

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Polka dot plunge bra

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