Bright butterflies and Irish roses decorate the front of this striking and elegant crochet monokini swimsuit in vivid reds, oranges, pinks and purples, on a velvety black background. While the style is exotic, it is sized for a real person, with plenty of room for adjustment in the handtwisted ties, from Australian/UK size 14B/C to 20A/B, or US size 10B/C to 16A/B, with plenty of leeway. The pant coverage is moderate to slightly cheeky.
Please note- this monokini is large to extra large in size and isn’t a good fit on my tiny torso model shown in the photos.
Irish crochet is a traditional art/craft where motifs are crocheted (in this case, butterflies and flowers), arranged in a pleasing composition, then joined with a lacy, lattice-like ‘fill’- all done freehand, much like modern ‘Freeform’ crochet. No patterns were harmed (or used at all) in the making of this swimsuit. However, I have borrowed/modified new and old Irish crochet motifs (the Irish roses and butterflies) The black background ‘fill’ is the same 4ply cotton used in the edging.
The ‘bead’ in the title refers to 3D bead stitch, used all around as a fancy edging and in accent areas- at the sides of the centre panel and the top of the pant.
The crocheted ties are extra-generous in length, for plenty of leeway in fit and 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 be confidently worn in the water. It should not fill with water and sag like some can, because it is made from a fine, 4 ply, pure cotton.
That cotton does contain ‘dressing’, (as used in new clothing, like Tshirts) which may make it feel a little stiff until it is washed or taken for a swim. After that, it will be beautifully soft. It is washable and can be ironed, but please do not bleach it.
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 n Bead monokini are on one of the photos in this listing and as below;
Width of cup (not gathered)- 15cm/6”
Height of cup- 17cm/7”
Length of fancy front piece (below bust to top of pant)- 30cm/12”
Width of pant front at top- 22cm/9”
Width of pant back at top- 26cm/10”
Length of pant from top of front to top of back- 51cm/20”
Width of pant at narrowest point of crotch- 8cm/3”
Length of neck ties- 64cm/25”
Length of tie around body below bust (one long tie threaded through below cups)- 180cm/70”
Length of pant ties- 57cm/22”
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 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 and NZ, the US and UK.
This monokini is also listed in our etsy shop here.
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