|Me as a blonde|
I so wanted to make a swimsuit last summer with the lovely Dixie DIY swimsuit sewalong... but I wasn't all too thrilled with any of the bathing suit patterns I found at the time. But hold the phone now, chicas... The Bombshell Bathing Suit pattern landed on our laps a few weeks ago... a bathing suit for normal sized ladies that's a sassy throwback to something Marilyn Monroe would have worn. Sign me up to look like Miss Monroe! This pattern was quite easy to sew up since I've made loads of bras, undies and activewear things-- all of those things use the same easy techniques for sewing on elastics, understanding knits and understanding how negative ease works. That all sounds fancy schmancy, but if you're an halfway decent beginner seamstress you will be able to make this bathing suit and look like a saucy siren (who's butt and frontal areas are covered up) at the beach like I am this summer. I chose to make View B with the halter top.
Everyone who posts images of themselves in their gorgeous handmade bathing suits need to stop apologizing about how they think they look or don't look. Just show me your awesome handmade stuff! I'm nosy and I love seeing how other folks make up the same pattern I've made... this way I can learn use your ideas for my next go round on this pattern.
This version was meant to be a muslin but it worked out so nicely I officially can't classify it as such now! I ordered some super cute green and white polka dot swimwear fabric online and am waiting for it to arrive. I happened across this fun floral fabric at the red tag clearance area at Joann Fabrics this week for $7/yard. It's 90% nylon/10% spandex with a 4-way stretch. It's feels almost identical to some of the supplex (fancy, sweat wicking, activewear fabric) I have. And yes, I've already cute some of this fabric out to make another running top.
I used a beige 100% polyester lining and cotton swimwear elastic ( both also from Joann's.) My sizing is all over the map so I had to do some grading on the pattern. My bust is a 12 (but could have done a 10 I bet), my waist halfway between a 12 and 14 and my lower hip, butt region a 16.
Here is a blurb from the Closet Case Files blog that explains beautifully how to lengthen or shorten your swimsuit:
"For the lining pieces, I inserted 1 1/2" at each lengthen/shorten line and then drew a gentle curve to connect the lines. For the ruched fabric pattern pieces (A&B), you want to follow the same method but you will be increasing the amount you lengthen it. There is a ratio of 1:1.6 between the lining and ruched fabric pieces. Therefore, you want to multiply the amount of inches you are lengthening the suit overall by 1.6 to get the amount you need to lengthen the ruched pieces. For example, I lengthened my lining pieces 3 inches and the ruched pieces 4 3/4 inches." --Heather, Bombshell Swimsuit designer.
How much fabric did I end up using for View B considering that I lengthened it? The pattern recommends 1.5 yards (1.38 m) of the main fabric and 1 yard (.95 m) of lining fabric for all sizes for both View A and B. I used 57" (1.5 m) -- that's 1.583 yards of my main fabric-- just 3" (7.6 cm) more then the recommended amount. I fell well under a yard for the lining (I didn't measure exactly.) The amount of fabric used will vary with View A since the bodice is a bit different, I will report back with those measurements after making that version up soon.
The directions are very well written and clear. You can use only a regular sewing machine or pair it with using a serger as I did. I did make a muslin from my lining fabric as suggested in the directions. When I make the other version, the sweetheart neckline one, I will include bra cups. I didn't in this version since there is elastic under the bust and the ladies are contained in each triangle pretty well with room to spare.
I tried my best to do some saucy pin-up poses but I guess I don't have it in me the way some folks do! Not bad, though.
And here is what it looks like just tossed purposefully on my floor. You can see how the front is a mini skirt of sorts, it can be worn up higher then I have here on me.
I can't wait for my green fabric to come from The Fabric Fairy. I will be make View A so hold tight and I will post it when I finish in the coming weeks.