"Seconde Peau" Bodysuit in Various Colours.
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This versatile piece is fully self-lined for the ultimate in shape control and colour strength. Combined with darts, strong nylon enhances your figure without flattening your bust like most swimsuits.
- 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 your 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 so they 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). (Note: One colour, Neon Pink, is 78% Polyester, not Nylon, for colour fastness.)
- All threads are UV and chlorine resistant polyester. Depending on the colour, they are from one of the following makers: American and Efird (A&E), Coats in the UK, or Perfect Thread Co. in the USA.
- For elasticity and endurance, 0.63mm thick treated latex has been used in the following widths: 6mm across the front leg seams; 8mm across the neck, and buttocks and through the adjustable spaghetti straps, and; 12mm across the back seam.
- All hardware is moulded exclusively for Pride using alloys not effected by salt water or by chlorine. 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.
- Some studio photography by Edward Cross
- Location photography by Steven Fleming
- The size-6 bathing costumes in our photos are modelled by our straight haired blonde model Lili Kahmali (bust 75cm, waist 58cm, lower hip 89cm, cup size A) our curly haired blonde model Scarlet Avery (bust 84cm, waist 64cm, lower hip 82cm, cup size A) our long haired brunette model, Mary Dransfield (bust 84cm, waist 67cm, lower hip 78cm, cup size B.) and our short haired brunette model, Lily Downes, (bust 84cm, waist 64cm, lower hip 91cm, cup size B.)
- 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. Heat press all labels. 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. 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.
Many brands add cup lining to their swimsuits for modesty's sake. Usually this is because they are matching cheap fabric to cheap overseas labour. We don't use cheap fabric—fabric that clings to the body like a garbage bag when it is wet. We use premium 190gsm Italian fabric, and not just for the outside, but for the lining as well. The following photo shows how our most transparent colour, white, appears when it is wet.