It’s finished! My Bombshell Suit is all ready for the beach or poolside lounging. I can’t believe I’m going to post swimsuit photos online, but here goes!
Fabric: gingham from Fabricana
Please excuse the mess in my office. I wasn’t brave enough to walk across the street to the park in my swimsuit and heels, so office shots will have to do until I actually go swimming!
Let’s talk about the sewing of swimwear in general. Swimwear is one of those things that I have sewn before, but rarely sew. I think the climate here has something to do with that, it rains 300 days out of the year, and summer only lasts for about two months. When it gets here, it’s beautiful, but it doesn’t last very long! On my list of things I need for my lifestyle, swimwear isn’t a huge priority. For me to get excited about making a swimsuit, the pattern has to be very enticing, and this one was!
Thoughts? I really like this suit because it’s so different. It’s the anti-string-bikini. Leave a little to the imagination, right?
One thing about this suit is there’s no hiding your curves. I tend to favour full skirts, A-line and flared silhouettes because I don’t always want thighs on display. Well, here they are!
A couple of people noted that the straight line across the widest part of the thigh may not be the most flattering for curvier figures. I have to say that you definitely notice the width of my thighs in this suit! However, they are what they are. No suit is going to magically reduce their width and turn them into slim, model thighs. And sometimes you just want to get out there in the water and forget about less-than-toned thighs, right? I have muscular thighs, that’s what daily cycling and genetics will get you, and I’d rather be able to tackle hills on my bike daily, than have skinny little legs for the few days of beach exposure. (Ok, judging by the long paragraph on thighs, I’m still a little self-conscious about posting bathing suit photos on the internet. Be kind, will you?)
This suit is really comfortable. It feels really nice to wear and the fabric is soft and slinky. It’s a bit of a wiggle to get on, because I cut a smaller size for my waist and two sizes smaller for my bust and all of that narrowness still needs to stretch over my hips. I like the padded cups as they help balance out the hips, and make up for the lack of underwire and bra-like structure. Definitely will add them again to any future bathing suits!
It was a fairly fast project to put together, as I sewed it exclusively until it was finished because of the stretch needle. (As I type this, I remember I’ve left the stretch needle in the machine, must fix that! No wonder it wasn’t sewing my next project that well…)
After sewing it once, I’m more comfortable with the zigzagging over elastic techniques and stretching while sewing, and know I could do it even better next time. I mostly sew with woven fabrics, and even when I sew knits I tend to treat them like wovens. This is totally out of my sewing comfort zone! It’s good to push yourself to try different techniques and use different fabrics, just for a change.
If you make this suit, follow the sew-along steps. All of those extra photos, plus the questions and answers in the comments, make it really easy to follow along. I followed the sew-along steps exclusively even though I had the pattern instructions open on the computer as well.
I know this is crazy, but I wish I’d lined up the gingham lines somehow at the centre back seam. It would be pretty hard to do though with the gathering! I also thought this fabric would look darker due to the dark blue, but the overall effect is quite light because of the white in the gingham. For the next version, I’m picking a dark solid. Maybe a classic black, or a deep magenta.
Funny, the part I was most concerned about was the rear view, I was worried that it wouldn’t cover or flatter the rear. That part is my favourite! I think it looks great from the back and I’m not usually happy with the bum coverage on most suits. It’s nice to have the belly covered although like most clothing, it looks more flattering when you suck in your stomach.
I was most happy about the front part with the skirt coverage, but that’s the part I am perhaps most undecided about. Do I roll it down as far as it will go, let it sit just above the curve of my thighs, or ignore it and let it settle where it wants? Here it’s rolled down a little farther than it naturally wants to sit.
So there you have it! My first attempt at swimwear since I started blogging. The neat part is that if I wasn’t blogging and reading sewing blogs, I’d have never heard of this pattern.
What do you think of the Bombshell Suit? If you made it, how do you feel about the finished suit? What design details do you like best?