The latest garment out of my sewing room was one for the trip. Yes, it is a two piece bathing suit. Yes, it is for me, Yes, my age is closer to 60 than 50. A two piece? yes! Why? Because I can. Because I am not dead yet!
The fabric is a snakeskin print swimwear fabric from http://www.lowpricefabric.com/ Quality, adult themed printed swimwear is one of the hardest fabrics to find, even from online vendors. When I saw this, I hit the Buy Now button even though shipping from the west coast is not cheap. The top is Butterick pattern 6578, a OOP pattern from 2000. It has halter straps extending into princess seaming on the cup.
The pattern had pieces for A/B cups and C/D/ cups. The suit is lined with a skin colored knit swim suit lining. I used the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine to apply the elastic to the inside of the suit edges so I would have control over the stretch of the elastic in key areas of the suit that have to be snug fitting. I used my cover stitch machine for the final finish, turning the elasticized edge to the inside and top stitching with the coverstitch . It was the first time I had used coverstitch for this purpose. I was impressed by how quick and easy it was .
The suit bottom is copied from a RTW bottom that fits me well. I have sewn exercise and swim wear for over 30 years. I have the same problems with swimwear bottoms that I have with slacks. Typical pattern drafts assume that someone with my hip measurement has a booty. Nope, my caboose is wide and flat. The patterns have too much fabric in the center back and not enough width to cover the assets. When I found this RTW bottom at an end of summer sale, I was delighted and have made a pattern from it.
How did we come to be in Puerto Rico?
My niece’s boyfriend S. is from PR and he suggested we visit and he offered to show us around. We jumped at the opportunity. We rented a lovely modern house in the town of Luquilla through the website VRBO (vacation rental by owner).
|Waterfall - El Yunque Rainforest|
|Tank on Calebra|
|Ready for Zip Lining|
The guys went deep sea fishing, and caught mahi-mahi, which made a tasty dinner. Though anyone who has paid for a fishing charter trip, knows that is the most expensive fish they will ever eat. We also ate at the local barbecue places like Bebo's below, waiting in long lines for roasted ribs and chicken, rice and (crowder) peas, yucca with onions, and blood sausage.
Every morning we visit a local neighborhood bakery for fresh pastries. S's family really made us feel welcome. His mother cooked special snacks for us. We ate at his cousin's restaurant, visited his brother at work in Old San Juan, where his boss insisted on giving us free drinks. And yesterday, S’s extended family invited us to their Christmas Eve party. It was held in a residential neighborhood at the home of his great uncle.
The meal featured lechon asados, roasted suckling pig.
Some of my family made the trip to the pig farm the day before to pick out our dinner. I did not. The party was wonderful, everyone was very friendly despite the language barrier (I speak some French, DS1 is studying Italian, but no Spanish). There was lots of food, drinks, loud music and lively dancing by people of all ages. It was a lot of fun.
We are already talking about coming back to this lovely island, with its friendly people, and lots to see and do.