Clareville Maillot (Stretch Woven)
For most of us living in East coast cities in Australia, the idea that a beach could face West seems almost surreal. Indeed, a recurring dream of my own, involves discovering West facing beaches throughout the suburbs of Newcastle.
I have had those dreams so many times, that when I have gone to Clareville (something people who don't live there, might only do once in their lifetime) I have felt as though my dreams were premonitions. I took my teenaged son there, a few years ago, and he agreed. It is all too neighbourly, safe, and West-facing, to be anything other than a place from a dream.
Although there are dream-come-true beaches all over Australia, few speak to the idea of a swimsuit as clothing, quite like Clareville. There can be no body-consciousness, on a beach where everyone is your neighbor, and the kids go to the same school!
There are some mores though. One is to make sure everything you have with you, from your towel to your dinghy, looks as though you have owned it years. While you are waiting for your Clareville maillot to get truly old, its faded look, and lightly brused texture, will give that impression.
The real aim though, is for you to feel as comfortable in this swimsuit, as whatever you slept in. When a chance encounter with a neighbor, turns into a two-hour heart-to-heart chat, I don't want you feeling clammy and wet, or overheated in the afternoon sun (it hits you twice in Clareville, once from the sky, and once more off of the water). These are the reasons for the fast drying fabric, and the cooling scoop back.
The superior figure control, tailored finish and smart cut, are obligatory with a Pride swimsuit.
"Maillot" simply means swimsuit in French. We use the word to differentiate the swimming costumes we make with low and square necklines, from those with V-necks or sports necks, etc.. Our "maillot neckline" is especially sophisticated, accentuating the bust and drawing the eye to the shoulders.
Our regular leg line strikes a balance between modesty and a desire to visually lengthen the leg with a leg seam approaching the hip. It is an inch higher than our full bottom cut, and an inch lower than our high leg line.
Our scoop back is the result of expert pattern making and prototyping to reduce (and for most wearers eliminate) gaping. The snug fit is the result of parametric geometry and rubber tensioning, and the inclusion of an adjustable back strap.
- Side darts have been added to allow for the bust and so the fabric can do what it does with regards to support.
- To ensure the seams remain hidden, the lining to the front panel has been secured to the rubber across the full width of the neckline and through the leg seams to the crotch.
- A fraction more tension has been put in the rubber through the scoop back, and crossing the buttocks, than is normal with swimsuits sold off the rack. A Pride swimsuit is designed to look good on your body, not a clothes hanger.
- All hardware is nylon coated steel, the most durable hardware of all.
- Every strand of the stretch woven fabric, has a core of elastane within a protective casing of strong nylon around it.
- The lining is the same fabric, but plain, and 143gsm to support the smart tailored look and provide unrivalled figure control.
- All threads are UV and chlorine resistant polyester.
- For elasticity and endurance, 0.63mm thick treated latex has been used in the following widths: 6mm across the front leg seams; and 8mm in the neck, buttocks and back seams, and through the adjustable straps.
- Each piece individually cut and sewn in Newcastle East in Australia.
- Design and prototyping by Steven Fleming