We have bought kayaks recently and the few times using them so far, I decided we needed better sun protection.
I decided I would like to have a rashie with a zipper and a swim short (Jalie) as a set (with an existing bikini top) and then I could swim after a kayak session or use it at the beach. However I decided to make the rashie for DH first to try the pattern out. DH also wanted the top with a zipper, as it makes it easier to pull on and off and if it is really hot you can get a bit of relief half opening the zipper. Thankfully the Fehrtrade Surf to Summit top was released about the time I started looking for a pattern for the rashie.
I love that there is so many options to personalise this pattern. I made this top with blue for the main body and sleeves and black for the side panels, neck facing and zipper shield.
The zipper I bought was a chunky plastic zipper slightly longer than what the pattern called for, so I had to lengthen the zipper placket about an inch and also make the opening a little wider to accommodate the chunky zipper. This was not the easiest thing I have sewn but I think it was lack of experience on my part and nothing to do with the pattern. I did a lot of basting and quite a bit of unpicking too.
I was concerned about getting the fit right as DH is broad in the shoulders, slimmer at the waist, but with a gut (tummy). This is the fit on the back.
I suppose it could be more fitted at waist level, but this fit is comfortable and does not accentuate the tummy.
The only change I made to the pattern was to shorten the sleeve by about an inch. The muslin ended up with only one long sleeve due to lack of fabric but I assumed his arms were the same length. :)
I offered to cut the sleeve to the same length and he could use the muslin too, but he declined... don't know why...
The swimwear fabric is quite expensive, but I have looked at prices for RTW rashies with zips and this top would have cost me half the price, so worth doing I think. Plus then we are not limited to the colours and patterns in the RTW ones.
Ciao kittens... moving away from active wear for a little while now... back with some pretty floral fabric next...