Lapis Maillot (ITALIAN RECYCLED KNIT NYLON & LYCRA)
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The rivalry between the Baroque architects Bernini and Borromini can be brought down to lapis lazuli, the stone Bernini 's clients' budgets could stretch to, that Borromini's could not. Borromini worked himself into an early grave, making up the shortfall with incredibly complex geometry. As for Bernini? He used regular curves, brought to life thanks to lapis, and other rares stones.
Bernini established lapis as a colour designers ought to do less with, which is why we have matched it to our simplest square neck line, a regular leg height, innocuous straps, two simple bust darts and that's all. May the quality of the fabric, skilled sewing and this timeless colour, all speak for themselves.
An analysis of the piece's geometry by San Franciscan artist, Mark A. Reynolds:
- Stitching across the chest and leg seams is concealed to create the most minimalistic front panel.
- 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.
- Side darts have been added to allow for the bust and to provide a slight lift.
- A fraction more tension has been put in the rubber crossing the buttocks than is normal with swimsuits sold off the rack. Our swimsuits are designed to look good on your body, never mind the clothes hanger!
- Bottom coverage is such that this swimsuit can be worn modest or cheeky, if you prefer.
- The cut is just high enough on the hip to lengthen the leg in the eyes of the viewer, without drawing attention to the trick being played.
- O-rings and 8-sliders are rack plated and moulded for Pride to double as a decorative feature.
- For fabric we use Vita from Carvico in Milan. It is 78% Recycled Nylon, a.k.a. "Econyl" and 22% Xtra Life Lycra. (See technical data from the Australian importer).
- 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 across the neck, buttocks and back seams and through the adjustable straps.
- All metal hardware is moulded exclusively for Pride. Electrostatic rack plating contains no heavy metals, for example cadmium, chromium, copper, mercury, nickel or lead.
- Each piece hand cut and sewn in Newcastle East in Australia.
- Design and prototyping by Dr. Steven Fleming
- Pattern making and grading by Karissa Shrubb.
- The name Seconde Peau was the idea of our French friend, Charlene.
Instructions for making
Cut four whole pieces of premium fashion fabric, two for the lining and two for the back. 4-thread overlock lining and self of the front pieces across the wide neck and fix spaghetti straps with long bar tacks. Apply rubber to seam with 4-thread overlocker married to top-metering device, then zig-zag stitch lining to rubber. Now form two impeccable darts with a straight stitch. Overlock leg seams, apply rubber to them as per the neck seam, then fully stitch lining to rubber, right the way down to the crotch. Turn right-side-out and close side seams. You are ready now to start joining the assembled front panel to the lining and the self of the back. Overlock the lining to the self of the back panel to close the openings across the buttocks and back. Apply rubber, fold hems and secure with a twin needle hemming machine. Secure the ends of all seams with a bar tack then thread and bar tack spaghetti straps using custom 8-sliders and O-rings. Trim spare thread and rubber. Heat press all labels. Dust off any tailor's chalk, apply swing tag and pack.
Match complete swimsuit to a woman who fits into it snuggly. It should be a tight squeeze to get in. Stand back now and watch as she enjoys being seen in a swimsuit that smooths and yet honours her curves. Feel like Michelangelo after freeing an angel from stone.