I recently had the opportunity to test out a pattern for Peek-a-boo Patterns called the Bahama Mama Blouson Top. This is a swim top with an optional shelf bra (and optional cups), gathered front and accent yoke with an “x-back” style design. Even though this pattern is designed for swim, it can easily be made into active or casual wear as well!
It may look complicated, but the Blouson Top actually whipped up fairly quickly… just counting sewing time, I think I had this particular top finished in a long afternoon. Everything went together smoothly and even though the technique to insert the elasticized straps was new to me, it was incredibly easy. Besides the back, my favorite part of this pattern is that it’s ‘full coverage”. Not only does it look flattering on all body types, but the extra material scrunches around your midsection slightly to hide any tummy bulge.
For this version I made the shelf bra (without cups) and found the fit to be perfect for me. If you’re looking at using this top as active wear, I would highly recommend looking into making this part of the garment with powermesh for additional support. I paired my new Blouson up with the Bahama Mama Boy Shorts for a sporty look, but the bikini style looks adorable too (by the way, the boy short pattern sews up very quickly – from cutting to finished product, it took about an hour!).
You can grab your Bahama Mama Blouson Top up today for $8.50 (this price is only good for Thursday). If buy the Bahama Mama Boy Shorts OR Bikini bottoms at the same time, be sure to enter the code “BAHAMA” at checkout for $3 off your purchase!