Because the bikinis are made of 98% cotton and 2% elastic, they have great stretch like spandex but with the comfort and breathable quality of cotton. Cotton is the best material to wear in summer weather for womens' health. The small amount of elasticity gives the bikinis an 86% stretch, which is is why the bikinis look smaller off of the body, but fit you perfectly and hug your figure when worn. The elastic prevents the sagging quality found in most other crochet bikinis on the market.
The jewelry attached to the bikinis is made of different metals, such as pewter and sterling silver. In different types of water it may tarnish. The metals that tarnish can be polished, but I enjoy leaving the antique look.
Almost all the bikinis have tie sides. This allows you to adjust the tightness of the bikini. I wear all of my designs and think that they hold up and stay on much better than most spandex bikinis. All of my bikinis are made for swimming, not just for lying on the beach or poolside.
The bikinis are made from mostly cotton, so they tend to fade, as would a cotton tee shirt. If you swim in mostly chlorinated pools, expect fading. I suggest getting a lighter pastel color if you are worried about fading. Some clients love the faded look.
I am proud to say that the buttons and accents are all hand cast by a company in the USA.
Most of the bikinis are crocheted in a very tight stitch and therefore do not need lining. I have a few patterns that have more details with holes and these I line with a nude material.
Rinse in clean water after use. If you have been using sun tan lotion or oils, wash in warm water with a little detergent. The oils can affect the elasticity over time, so it is good to wash them out. Wring out, roll in towel, and hang to dry.
When you first get the bikini, it is going to look very small because of the elasticity and tightness of the stitching. Please wear it in water before you make a decision on sizing. I advise wearing it in the shower, after which it will stretch out and form to your body.