Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Green Bombshell Swimsuit


The Closet Case Files' Bombshell Swimsuit... two down, one more view to go.  This is my second version from Heather's fantastical swimsuit pattern.  My first version was meant to be a test run of the pattern but it turned out pretty nicely. With this go round I decided to make a few tweaks to the sizing.  I wore my other  swimsuit to the beach last week and noticed it was a little loose in a few areas.  I went down approximately a size overall-- the bust is now a 10, the waist between a 10 and 12 and the hip about a 14. I also took about a half inch in the crotch length.  I did lengthen the entire swimsuit 3" (7.62 cm) as I did with the original one.  You can read my first post on this pattern here to see how I lengthened it.


The material is from The Fabric Fairy.  It's a 90% nylon/10% spandex swimsuit fabric with a four-way stretch with tiny green diamonds.  I lined it with a beige 100% polyester fabric with a four-way stretch, too.


Since I lengthened the pattern I wanted to see how much material I actually used.  The pattern recommends using 1.5 yards (1.37 m) of fabric and 1 yard (92 cm) of lining.  I used about 42" or about 1.2 yards (1.07 m).  I used under 1 yard (92 cm) of lining material.

 

I added cups and elastic to the bust for a "shelf".  This suit has no support as is straight from the pattern.  I have little to support on top but after significant weight loss in the past couple years and nursing my sweet little baby, my girls like to be held tightly in place!  This was my first try with sewing in cups.  I used Katie of Kadiddlehopper's excellent suggestion on how to sew in bust support.  It's very easy and the finished result works nicely for lighter support.  If I had a fuller bust (or the right lining material on hand) I'd have gone for this fantastic idea of sewing in a full on bra front-- I may likely do this with a future swimsuit since I've had experience with making my own bras already.


Handmade swimwear is sooo much nicer then store bought.  It's impossible to find anything that fits my smaller top and fuller bottom, is long enough for someone my height and covers the parts I like to cover.  Having sewing skills is a killer!

19 comments:

  1. This looks so GOOD! I agree with the RTW swimwear fitting woes. I have a suit in this style that is just WAY too big on the top, which isn't really a great place for a swimsuit to not fit. lots of flashing potential. I've been meaning to alter it for years now, but we all know how that goes! You are convincing me that I should probably just make a new one...

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  2. Another great swimsuit!

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  3. Gillian LarcombeJuly 4, 2013 at 2:35 AM

    It is awesome just how awesome this suit looks on everyone who has made it so far, haha. I am so grateful for your test runs, Kathy, because my measuring issues are the same as yours; small top, larger bottom, and extra height. I have my copy of the pattern, and am now shopping for fabric....although I won't get swim in it for a while, since it is currently winter in my part of the world!

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  4. Cute cute cute - what great fabric. And I think you have those saucy poses down now, looking good!

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  5. Beautiful ! Very tempted to make my own now. Great pin up poses too!

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  6. This is so super cute on you! I would really like to try making my own swimwear someday, and this seems like it might be just the right pattern.

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  7. Such a cute swimsuit! This is a great fabric for it too, lovely!

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  8. It's fabulous! I love the mint color, so pretty! And you'd never find something that lovely in a store, even if it would fit right!

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  9. I love that color on you! Thanks for the bra-in-swimsuit link. Soooo helpful!

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  10. love it in the green too!

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  11. Another beautiful swimsuit! That shade of green is such a nice color on you. Swimsuit shopping is horrible, so I agree, having sewing skills is a wonderful thing. I've been making my suits for a couple of years now, and I won't be going back.

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  12. Super hot bombshell. That color is gorgeous!

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  13. Another great one from you! You are going to be sooo glamorous this summer!

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  14. this suit looks amazing on you! the color is cute and i liked that you added some support, that's a nice touch. you look awesome!

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  15. sarah @ two-tartsJuly 19, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    I'm a newish sewer, this is the first swimwear I've come across online. So gorgeous on you, so flattering!! I'm really impressed!

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  16. Aww, thanks! If you are looking to try making this pattern I'd recommend trying it! There is very detailed sewalong with lots of detail, plus if you come across any issues as you go you can email the designer with questions!

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  17. Thanks! I saw yours the other day and love the fabric! Dang, we look cute :)

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  18. Thanks Kelly! I've worn it only once but it's so nice to finally have swimsuits that I like to wear.

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  19. Thanks! Green seem to work well on me.

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