The top of this cute and cheeky, pink and purple monokini swimsuit is formed by one big, bold, striped butterfly. While the style is exotic, it is sized for a real person, with plenty of room for adjustment.
The multicoloured ties are generous in length, to let the wearer double-bow them for added security while frolicking in the waves. And speaking of swimming… This is a functional swimsuit which can confidently be worn in the water. It should not fill with water and sag like some can, because it is made from a beautifully soft, slightly shiny, drapeable and durable mix of 8 ply mostly cotton and synthetic.
The Butterfly monokini is my own, original mashup of my take on a butterfly top and a bikini bottom. It is unique and the only one ever made, as far as I know. (I thought it would be a nifty combination.) No patterns were harmed, or used in its making. It can be washed and ironed (on a cool setting) but please do not bleach it.
It is held in place with several pairs of ties which:
tie around the neck (and look to be the butterfly’s feelers)
tie the pant in place, front to back on each side, like most monokinis or bikini bottoms
cross and tie at the back and keep the top secure. This pair start at the top outer corners of the upper wings, go up over the shoulders (like singlet or tank top straps), pass through a space at the bottom outer corners of the upper wings (marked with a star on the photo with measurements), then return to the centre back to be tied. These are long enough to allow for some variations, like going around the body, or crossing twice.
Because of the way it can be tied, the monokini will fit a variety of sizes, with some leeway. It should fit Australian/UK size 10A/B/C-16A/B/C, or US size 8A/B/C-10A/B/C, with plenty of leeway. The pant coverage is moderate. The photos show it on my (Australian/UK) size 8 half-torso mannequin, and it is obviously a bit large for the model.
Please note: there is some ‘give’ in the crochet fabric, so when stretched (that is, tied in place) most measurements may be a little larger (eg. top of pant at front and back, width and length of cup, length of fancy front pattern piece). I did NOT stretch the fabric when measuring. If you have any questions about size, or would like me to remeasure with stretch, please feel free to send me a convo. I have been conservative in my estimate of sizing.
Approximate measurements for the Butterfly Monokini are on one of the photos in this listing and as below;
Length of butterfly body (includes head)- 12.5cm/5”
Width of top wings along top edge- 28cm/11”
Width of top wings through centre- 21cm/8.5”
Height of top wings at outer edge (bust section under armpit)- 21cm/8”
Width of lower wings- 10cm/4”
Length of lower wings- 26cm/10”
Length of front ‘gap’ from bottom of butterfly body, below bust to top of pant- 28cm/11”
Width of pant front at top- 28cm/11”
Width of pant back at top- 36cm/14”
Length of pant from top of front to top of back- 52cm/20”
Width of pant at narrowest point of crotch- 6cm/2.25”
Length of neck ties (butterfly ‘feelers’)- 64cm/25”
Length of ties (from top of wing, crossing over body and back to centre)- 183cm/72”
Length of pant ties- 48cm/19” and 45cm/17.5” (the shorter ties are at the front)
Shipping I use Australia Post and usually send out parcels within 24 hours, except on weekends and public holidays, when the local post office is closed. Shipping to the US/UK should take about a week to ten days- but unfortunately shipping delays may occur sometimes. If that’s the case, let me know and I can follow up the parcel’s progress from this end and keep buyers informed.
Tracking will be provided to destinations which allow for it, such as Australia, the US and UK, Canada and New Zealand.
Australians- I’m presently using express post to get parcels to their destinations as quickly and reliably as possible, with tracking.
If you would like your own, unique swimsuit, perhaps in a different size or colour scheme, please use the contact form below or visit our contact page for other options.
The Butterfly Monokini is also listed in my etsy shop here.
Thanks for looking!