Okay, okay...before I start telling you what I love, let's do some basics about the pattern:
- Available in sizes 0-22
- Faux cross over top with a sweetheart neckline
- Ties in the back so you don't have to worry about clips
- 3 bottom rise options: bikini, high, ultra high
- 2 bottom options: standard, ruched
- Skirt overlay option
- Detailed instructions to fit to different body types
- Layered, no trip pattern pages
- Clear, concise directions with photos and illustrations
For my test suit, I made two different tops to wear with the same bottoms. I did add the optional cup inserts, but I didn't do the power net on these. I still felt like all of my bits were appropriately supported, but I do have another set on the cutting table that's waiting for me to find time to give it some attention. That one I will try some power net on. :/! Hopefully that happens before the summer is over. Be aware that power net and power mesh are completely different. Power net is sturdier and provides extra support in your suit. I found some online at both Spandex World and Fabric World.
The cups were a little tricky to get right at first, and I ended up taping the cups to the lining while holding it up to my body. Then I lined it up with the center of each side while still making sure to have adequate support. I love the tie back on the top because it lets me adjust how tight I have the top on my body without me having to move hardware or measure where to put buckles and adjusters.
The beauty of this pattern is that it works well for both nursing mama's and soon to be mama's. One of the testers made hers in the bikini rise, and it was perfect for her as a maternity bikini while another tester was able to easily nurse her little while wearing her Isla. We had a wide variety of body types and cup sizes in the test group, and this top offered great support for everyone from cup sizes A-G. There are also pretty extensive directions on how to do a full bust adjustment if needed.
Pretty much everyone who tested looked rockstar amazing in this suit. I told my husband that, "Thunderbirds are go!" for me wearing this suit to the lake (which happens to be called Lake Thunderbird...)
|Pretending that it was really warm out|
so you wouldn't notice the goose pimples! HA!
|Yup, that wind is chilly!!|
Thanks so much for sticking it out with me and reading along! Now go grab your copy of the Isla Bikini set and make yourself a bathing suit of your own!
Happy Sewing and Blessings,