My Bombshell Swimsuit, Completed!

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!

bombshell swimsuit

Fabric: gingham from Fabricana

Lining: cream swimsuit lining from Fabricana

Pattern: Bombshell Swimsuit by Closet Case Files

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!

bombshell swimsuit in gingham

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!

bombshell swimsuit in blue gingham

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!

bombshell swimsuit

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…)

bombshell swimsuit

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.

bombshell swimsuit bra cups

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.

bombshell swimsuit

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.

bombshell swimsuit

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.

bombshell swimsuit

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?

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158 Responses to My Bombshell Swimsuit, Completed!

  1. Rebecca August 8, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    You look fabulous!

    This is on my to sew list as well, along with a lot of other stuff, but first up are curtains (for four different rooms) so I’ll be busy for a while.

  2. Estelle August 8, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    I think you look great in it!! The top of the swimsuit looks super cute, very classy and feminine. And by the way… I have the same thighs and yes, they are what they are :) Thank you for your patterns that are made for ladies like me :)

  3. PepperReed August 8, 2013 at 6:14 am #

    Great Job on the suit; I couldn’t tell you didn’t line up the gingham, either. It fits very well and you look Lovely!

  4. Anne August 8, 2013 at 6:14 am #

    You look curvy and wonderful!

    I’m really glad you posted photos because I was wondering myself how the bottom coverage would be on a pear shaped figure…and I’m another proud owner of “sturdy” thighs :)

  5. Martina August 8, 2013 at 6:20 am #

    You look fantastic – no need for being self-conscious there! Also respect for being brave enough to post swimsuit photos – major respect!

    The suit is fantastic – its so different then what you can buy – I love it!!


  6. Kathrin August 8, 2013 at 6:22 am #

    Hi Tasia!

    I really like your swimsuit and it suits you perfectly! I usually hate swimsuits which is one reason why I do not go swimming, because they just do not fit. Although I am between a EU/UK size 38/40 or 12/14, I have always problems, because the suits are too short: I just cannot pull them high enough to cover my bust. Then the little piece for the butt is too small and even my normal panties would cover more. So I wear bikinis, then I avoid the missing fabric between butt and bust :-) But for me it is not the top solution. Also it is really great that by wearing the bombshell suit you can decide yourself, how much skin you like to show. This swimsuit does not expose you and make you feel unhappy about whatever part of your body, but it is so flattering, sexy and still decent the same time, that you do not feel so naked, just pretty!

    • Pamela @ Johnny Mango Seed August 8, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

      Try making a swim tank, cami, or other tee / shirt out of swim fabric to wear over your bikini [adds coverage and is water-ready without the same issues of fit]?

      I’m about to do that myself and will probably blog about it.

  7. IngeMaakt August 8, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    Well done on that swimsuit! I’m planning to make it too, have the pattern printed and my fabric and supplies ready to start. Also, there is nothing wrong with your thighs, no need to hide them! The suit looks perfect at the length where it wants to sit.

  8. Linda August 8, 2013 at 6:24 am #

    You are adorable and the suit looks perfect….frankly, my dear, your hips aren’t big enough to concern yourself in this suit….I would kill for them! Flaunt that body….except I doubt Mr. Sewaholic would want you stopping traffic as you saunter across to the park in high heels in that marvelous suit.

  9. Meghan August 8, 2013 at 6:25 am #


    I bought a similar shaped suit this summer, and now I wish I’d made one! I also run into the front skirting question of whether to roll down or not. Ultimately, I decided not to, as the line of the silhouette does most of what I’d want to longer skirt to do. I say, we have thighs, let’s be proud of them! ;-)


  10. Lina August 8, 2013 at 6:25 am #

    You look amazing! I wish I was so skilled to attempt at making one for myself! One day maybe… P.S. There is nothing wrong with your thighs!!! :)

  11. Bec August 8, 2013 at 6:27 am #

    Wow! Bombshell is right- this is my next summer item I’m sewing (have a few months here in Australia). I dont have a swimsuit so I never swim- terrible! But I have swimsuit lycra, and want to look as great as you do! Thanks for the inspiration (and the vote of confidence!)

  12. Tilly August 8, 2013 at 6:28 am #

    Ooh la la, lady… you look GORGEOUS!

    Definitely gonna make this suit but not until next year, alas. I’ve got two shop-bought (ssshh!) swimsuits in this style and they’re so flattering on my shape. Love ’em!

  13. trumbelina August 8, 2013 at 6:28 am #

    Va Va Voom! You look fantastic. What a flattering suit! My vote is to let the skirt fall where it may.

  14. swifty August 8, 2013 at 6:29 am #

    Are you kidding?! You look FANTASTIC! I would love to look like that good a suit like that. Plus having that extra length to cover up the top inner thighs is a huge plus in my book.

  15. Heather Lou August 8, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    You are so adorable and Dorothy–esque in this suit I am just grinning from ear to ear! I think the best thing about making this pattern has been seeing people feel good enough about themselves in it to post pics online – and everyone looks fabulous. Regarding the hitting the widest part bit…. it’s strange but I’ve never thought this before. I have pretty meaty thighs and always thought it was quite flattering where it hit. Maybe it feels more dramatic with a pear shape since it is highlighting an area many women are insecure about (Oh man what I would do to women’s body issues if I had a magic wand! POOF! GONE!) Thanks for the support and I am so thrilled with the result!

    • Caroline Côté August 8, 2013 at 7:09 am #

      I love your swimsuit and I think you are stunning on every level : pretty, smart and talented! I agree with Heather Lou’s comment ; lets just forget about those society induce body issues. Those 2 words should be in the same sentence only when we are sick… Applause for your splendid version of the bombshell suit and for Heater’s pattern!

  16. Laura August 8, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    The suit and you both look fantastic. I wouldn’t worry about where the skirt hits. Just let it do it’s thing. Great job.

  17. Jenny August 8, 2013 at 6:36 am #

    You look amazing! I love your swimsuit – I think I must try one. And I agree with the others – you have a beautiful figure ~

  18. Amy August 8, 2013 at 6:37 am #

    The ruching is super cute and the back view is really flattering, love it!

  19. Erika August 8, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    Oh I absolutely love it!!!! you did a fabulous job and you look gorgeous in it……you have inspired me to give it a try :)

  20. Nicki August 8, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    Tasia, the suit looks fabulous, very flattering indeed. Don’t be shy about your thighs, I’m very envious of your beautiful figure, show it off and enjoy!

  21. Dora August 8, 2013 at 6:50 am #

    This looks awesome and while I usually focus on your talent and the lovely things you make, since you brought it up, I’ll let you know I also think you’re super-hot ^_^

  22. Sunni August 8, 2013 at 6:55 am #

    So cute and so absolutely flattering on you! I love the cut, the style, the fabric you picked, everything! And really, you have nothing to be self conscious about – you have a great body! Though I totally understand and admire you all the more for posting photos of you in a swimsuit. It takes guts! You look darling and like Dora said, super hot! Yowza!

  23. Lauren August 8, 2013 at 6:55 am #

    Girl, you look AMAZING! It’s probably for the best that you didn’t model outside in heels, because the rubber-necking that would have occurred would have ended up causing an accident ;) You have the perfect figure for this suit – maybe I’m biased, because I have big thighs too (and a matching gingham Bombshell, yeah!), but I think everything about this is 100% excellent :D

  24. Adeline August 8, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    Totally adore the back and i think you looked great at it!! I don’t think there’s even a need to feel insecure because it definitely beats being stick thin! :)

  25. Michelle @ needle and nest August 8, 2013 at 7:01 am #

    Tasia, you look AMAZING!

    I’m betting this suit would be great for those of us who’ve had babies… Losing the baby weight doesn’t help with a bit of extra tummy skin. The bikini ship has sailed, so something like this would be perfect! ;)

  26. Aglowgirl August 8, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    Thighs? What thighs?
    You have a gorgeous figure and the bathing costume does full justice. The bathers are beautiful. (Do you say’bathers’ in Canada? In Australia we say, bathers, swimmers, cossies…) well done. Now you can have a whole wardrobe of bathers. Matching accessories too. The mind boggles. Happy planning!

  27. Nadia August 8, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    Love the suit, jealous of your legs, proud of you as always. Can you make me one?! :)

  28. Kristin lion August 8, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    That suit looks so fabulous on you!
    I totally want to make one of these! I don’t think I’ll get to it this summer but oooooo now I want to so bad!
    PS The front looks great any way you let it sit!

  29. Rachel Porter August 8, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    I can only agree with all the other comments – you look fabulous in this swimsuit and you have no reason to be thigh-shy!

  30. Jennifer August 8, 2013 at 7:35 am #


  31. Nisha August 8, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    This suit is fantastic!!

  32. Christa August 8, 2013 at 7:43 am #

    You look absolutely wonderful in your swimsuit! I agree that it looks fantastic from the back.

  33. Nicole August 8, 2013 at 7:46 am #

    You look smokin hot!! Nice Job on the suit! I really want to make one but i NEVER go swimming or use the suits i have now anyways!

  34. Abbey August 8, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    Tasia, this turned out real nice!!!

  35. Veronica Lewis August 8, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    Bloody Well Done, you look Brilliant and what quality!!!!! These are so hard to find, you should make and sell these, REALLY!!!!!! Congrats and have fun at the beach…..

  36. Sally August 8, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    You look so cute! The fabric is very playful – perfect summer fun swimsuit :)

  37. Laura Nuttall August 8, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Absolutely stunning! I have a terrible time getting swimsuits to fit, I have a small back, big boobs, an average waist and big hips…so you’ve inspired me to have a go at making my own. If it looks anything like yours I’ll be super mega impressed. You look fabulous!

  38. Jan Anderson August 8, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    WOW! The suit is gorgeous! You look lovely in it! If you want to make something in black, combine the top with a skirt to make a stunning evening dress or gown.

  39. Chantal August 8, 2013 at 8:12 am #

    You look gorgeous! I actually think this pattern looks better on pear shapes because a more round behind fills it out so nicely. The only reason I haven’t made one for myself is because my behind is too flat to fill it out, and it would just end up looking sad and deflated. So, flaunt what you’ve got! I also say let the front fall where it falls. I think it looks best with the ruching.

  40. Kelly August 8, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Beautiful suit! The gingham is so cute. I get the feeling that this pattern is giving many people the courage to post swimsuit photos on their blogs (and also feel more confident and free wearing a swimsuit in real life). It strikes me as being a really empowering pattern.

  41. Janice August 8, 2013 at 8:21 am #

    This is do cute on you… And the back s do flattering – wow this was my own biggest concern with this pattern. I have the same shape as you so ill now get ths at tern too and use your method of altering the pattern.. Of course one reason it looks so great is the perfect fit.
    As to the front skirt I think you should roll it up a bit or let it slide up as it wants. This would elongate your legs just a bit more and that would be flattering.
    So so cute on you… And much admiration to you for modeling a bathing suit with your very feminine (and secy) pear shape! I’m inspired to love my own body more after seeing this. Thank you!

  42. Patti August 8, 2013 at 8:37 am #

    You look terrific. While the whole thing looks great, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way the back looks!

    Lucky you!

  43. Diane @ Vintage Zest August 8, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Super cute! I was supposed to make a swimsuit for a party last week, but thank goodness it was cancelled! I have the fabric, but I just need some time. Thanks for the inspiration!

  44. Samina August 8, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    That looks fantastic on you! It highlights your curves in a very flattering way. My thighs are my heaviest part too, so I was eager to see how that suit looked on you. You’re motivating me to tackle it! I agree with the others – the skirt seems most flattering when it’s where it wants to naturally hang – a bit higher on hips.

  45. Claire August 8, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    Tasia, you’re gorgeous!
    This swimsuit is beautiful, it really flatters curves, this is a really great pattern and your version is super cute with the gingham fabric.

  46. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) August 8, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    super cute and you are right, the back is very flattering.

  47. Dana August 8, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    I love this suit! It’s so cute! Sewing swimwear scares me a bit but now I feel inspired to attempt it. :) Thank you for sharing, it looks great!

  48. Aline August 8, 2013 at 8:51 am #

    “They are what they are.” I love you for this!

  49. Sarah August 8, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Gorgeous suit! You look stellar!

  50. MTangel August 8, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    It looks great! I especially love the back view! The few times I’ve even dared wear a swimsuit I got little skirts to wear to help cover my thighs. I try to claim they’re big from ballet, but I think it’s actually my desk job. :(

    Seriously though, I don’t know any woman that likes her legs. I have a friend who has a very thin body-type, and she won’t ever wear shorts or even shorter skirts because people would always make fun of how thin her legs are.

  51. LindaLee August 8, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    I love your suit and you look amazing. Anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know what they are talking about! You did a beautiful job and the color looks amazing with your skin. I will be making one for a friend who does Burlesque poses and wants the suit for one of the photos. I can’t wait to get started.

  52. Nadia Lewis August 8, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    Only women care about thighs. Seriously — when was the last time you heard men talking about any women’s thighs?!

    Google Mae West or Christina Hendricks — these women have a few dress sizes on you and are considered sex goddesses. Why? Because they have smooth curves and good waist to hip ratios. If you’ve got a 0.7 waist:hip (which I’m assuming a lot of use pears do), the unconscious mind will find you attractive, for childbearing reasons. Don’t believe me? Ask science!

  53. Loretta August 8, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Tasia, it is so cute and so are you! I dislike pencil thin legs…something is wrong with them! I have very large thighs too and have given up on thinking about it, as at least the rest of me matches. LOL I love the fabric you chose. I’d love to try sewing a swim suit. This one is just great. I love the coverage in the front. You did a marvelous job!

  54. kelly August 8, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    My goodness this suit is so adorable and you look fantastic! I want to sew one up soon!

  55. Sassy T August 8, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    Ohhhhh Myyyyy God. Sorry I get overexcited when I see something cute. This swimsuit is THE BUSINESS. Am like you I don’t get overly excited about swimsuits until I saw the bombshell. It’s one of those swimsuits I want to have on holiday, stretched out on a sun lounger, with a pair of cute sunnies on, like you see in the old films, Monroe, Hayworth, Turner.

    • Sassy T August 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

      By the way did Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell and some of the other babes from back in the day have thin thighs, me think not. You look Fabulous.

  56. aem2 August 8, 2013 at 9:26 am #

    You look fabulous. I just finished making my Bombshell last week, and I think the low cut is more flattering to our sturdy thighs than a high cut is. And the back is ridiculously flattering.

  57. June August 8, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    Your nervous expression in the first picture gives away your emotions – but please don’t worry, I don’t think anyone would dare judge you negatively! I did laugh when I noticed you took these photos indoors, though, and I totally understand.

    I think you look beautiful, and I agree that it leaves something to the imagination. To my mind, it’s more attractive (dare I say sexier) when some of the body is hidden, rather than the flasher-bares-all or skintight outfits.

    Congrats on a fab new suit! Go for a swim before winter starts again!

  58. Truly Myrtle August 8, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    Oh you look amazing!!! It’s so cute on you and it’s super flattering :)
    I it up, that is, not rolled down. You have a fabulous figure – show it off!!

  59. Lauren M August 8, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    I think this is ultra flattering. You look gorgeous in it! It really shows off curves in the most flattering way!!! If I may say so, your thighs look just great. ;)

  60. Cathi August 8, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    You look gorgeous! Good job!

  61. dannyscotland August 8, 2013 at 9:35 am #

    You’re beautiful and so is your suit. Your thighs are totally normal and don’t look at all big. You look great!

  62. Nat @ Made in Home August 8, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    I love the rear part but I am not sure about the front skirt part, even though I hate my thighs. It is nearly a perfect model for me but would change the front bottom part I think – maybe I need another model to make this work for me. Your version is great in that fabric!

  63. Rebecca August 8, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    After all that anxiety you need to know you look fantastic ;) Swimsuit looks perfect on you too! Great job no need to be shy!

  64. Lori August 8, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    That is super cute on you, the gingham is perfect.

  65. Corinne August 8, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    The swimsuit looks great, Tasia, and so do you! It’s somewhat liberating to post photos of ourselves in swimsuits on the internet, isn’t it? Who cares if we don’t have swimsuit-model thighs?! PS – I’m particularly fond of the fabric. ;)

  66. CJ August 8, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    You look amazing in the swimsuit – and have done a lovely job making the costume – but you definitely should not worry about getting out there in that suit. You look great – and as a fellow pear shape, I genuinely believe that a) our curves are always in proportion, b) curves are always going to be sexy, and c) even though all body shapes are beautiful in their own way, the 50s pin-up shape never goes out of fashion.

  67. August 8, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Just finished mine and I love it! Although my swing machine decided to through a temper tantrum on the last bits of topstitching it turned out great and fits like a glove. Getting the smaller waist part over the hips (despite all the stretch) is quite tricky though and I’m afraid the seams will tear sooner or later. Fingers crossed!

    Love your gingham fabric! I had to make mine in navy blue since I couldn’t find any not-neon swimwear fabric.

  68. Jeri Sullivan August 8, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Tasia, your version looks fabulous! I made the suit and my favorite part was definitely the back ruching. I have a lot of “junk in the trunk” but I think the ruching actually makes your bum look more shapely. Kudos to Heather Lou for such a great pattern and props to everyone for posting their photos!

  69. Andrea August 8, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    You look fantastic in your new suit!

  70. Lori August 8, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Looks fabulous! Well done! Cheers to you, Tasia!

  71. Anna August 8, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    I think you did a lovely job and you look fabulous. You have nothing too hide!

  72. Stephanie August 8, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Tasia, you are adorable! Congrats on making such a stunning swimsuit and having the courage to post pics online, even though you look awesome in it.
    Still unsure I will ever sew swimwear, but now I believe I could do it should the day ever come when I want to.

  73. Leigh August 8, 2013 at 10:35 am #

    Tasia, you did a great job! The suit is super cute in that gingham, and it accents all your curves. Vavoom in the back, baby!!! No worries about matching the gingham inthe back – if you’d spent a hundred hours micro-matching, no one could see it anyway given the size of the squares and the gathering.

    Also, you look great – normal, healthy biking woman great!! We should all look so good. :) No matter our age, size, whatever, there’s always something that we want to improve just a bit – the trick is to balance out what’s important (that would be time for sewing, fyi) with all the other stuff in life. Hips are hips. We all got ’em.

  74. Amy August 8, 2013 at 10:41 am #

    It’s gorgeous, I was excited to see how this would look!
    I have to put this on my to sew list! It looks great.

  75. Sandra August 8, 2013 at 10:49 am #

    You look great and bravo for showing us how fabulous curves are!

  76. Lauren August 8, 2013 at 10:55 am #

    It’s a fab suit, and you look darling in it. Thanks for being brave!

  77. Fiona M August 8, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Lovely swimsuit, beautifully made, and you look as lovely in it as you do in all your other gorgeous makes. Very nice work!

  78. Lynda August 8, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    The suit looks great on you! I vote for letting the skirt lay where it likes – better than having to adjust it all the time. I’ve been watching all the posts on this pattern and have not seen one that was not flattering, so it’s now on my todo list.

    I don’t have the pattern yet, but wonder if a side or back zipper would work for those that have problems getting the suit on? I remember having suits like this (back in the Stone Age) that had zippers.

  79. Charlotte August 8, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    That looks amazing. I think the colour looks great. Hope you get to test it out in the water soon.

  80. Ash August 8, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    Vavavooooom! You looks absolutely amazing, like a pinup from the 40s! Great work.

    • Annie August 10, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      Yes! A pin-up with a proper figure, wearing a swimsuit that is actually flattering to REAL women! Way to go, Tasia! I am actually considering making this for myself, having seen your photos! I’ve never sewed anything stretchy … wish me luck!

  81. Kathi August 8, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    I think the suit looks great! Very flattering on you.

  82. Ally August 8, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    You look FAB! And the swimsuit is SO PRECIOUS! Love that bombshell design! Can’t wait to see your next project!

  83. Lori August 8, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    The suit accentuates your curves so nicely!

  84. Kate Smalley August 8, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Holy babe town! My favourite part is the back for sure. I love the ruching, and that it’s not so aggressive it gives you a wedgie like lots of other ruched swim bottoms do.

  85. Kelly August 8, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    This looks great! I agree with you about the back looking great – it’s so nice to have a swimsuit that covers everything and doesn’t disappear every time you jump in the pool! The bust on yours looks great – it’s the one thing I’m not really happy with on mine and might re-do, but yours looks fantastic all over.

  86. handmadebyjaia August 8, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    Your swimsuit looks fabulous. You did an amazing job and it’s very flattering! I’m inspired to try one myself!

  87. Hope August 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    That looks amazing and you look great in it! I have been sewing for a long time and have never really ventured out of my comfort zone of woven and knit fabrics either. I have been really tempted to work on swimwear at some point, maybe I will try it out with this pattern.

  88. Kerry August 8, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    It looks amazing, like a wiggle dress and the back view really is excellent. I am pretty inspired by this, I am a similar shape, small bust and thighs that I rarely display despite being a small dress size. The addition of cups is perfect too

  89. Ally August 8, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    This is GORGEOUS! You look amazing in it. I’ve got swimsuit envy.

  90. Sarah C. August 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    You look fabulous in this suit! Of course, you have made it beautifully (no surprise), but really, you are gorgeous here (again, no surprise)! Kudos to you. I hope that you enjoy wearing it as it is just perfect on you.

  91. Sunshine August 8, 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    Very, very nice. You are a braver soul than I am. It looks just darling on you and the style is sooo attractive. Thumbs up!!!!

  92. Lucy August 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    I love it, I want it, I must have it. Am SO going to make one as soon as I can source some fabric.

    And I totally get just snapping a few shots in the office – though you should have just badly photoshopped yourself on to a tropical beach. It would have been hilarious :-)

  93. scooter August 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

    You’re very brave to worry and post anyway! Good for you.

    Also, you make a great point: those thighs are a functional part of the one and only body you’ll ever have. They are the strong thighs of an adult woman, they carry you where you need to go, help you splash in the water, cycle up hills, drive a car, and design clothes for people with thighs like yours.

    What’s not to love? :)

  94. Nadia Mehdi August 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    It really does lovely. Especially love the paragraph about the thighs! Preach sister xxx

  95. Tabatha Tweedie August 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Wow, Tasia, you look stunning! The swimsuit looks gorgeous on you, and is really flattering. Bombshell is a very apt name for this suit. I must give it a try next summer.

  96. Colleen August 8, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    OMG to the NINTH power! You look so adorable! I love the gingham (you and Lauren from Lladybird have the same one)!

    I bought red bandanna for this suit and I wish I was going somewhere or had a pool because I just don’t have the impetus for this make. I love it, though!

  97. learningnewtricks August 8, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS! You are so stunning in your new bombshell swimsuit. The suit fits your body shape and highlights the beauty of it. Your thighs look great, so accept the compliments and enjoy wearing this fabulous suit.

  98. Fiona August 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm #

    You look fantastic, why on earth are you worried about your thighs? The suit really flatters your figure.
    I’m sure there will be a queue of lovely men fighting over you if Mr Sewaholic dares to stay at home!
    Have you thought about making up just the top to wear with shorts or even a full skirt? In a woven fabric it would need a side zip.
    I remember wearing a woven cotton suit like this as a child. The back was shirred to stretch enough to pull on. It also had a small frill/peplum over the hips.
    Needless to say I hated it and wanted a modern stretchy nylon suit from Marks and Spencers which I eventually got when I managed to swim the width of the pool!

  99. Carolyn August 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    I think you look amazing! I too have naturally muscular thighs, though they’ve also gone a bit to seed since I don’t really bike and I’ve been sporadic with running the last few years. Your legs look better in this than mine will, and I’ve still decided I’m going to make this suit – hopefully by next week! Eep!

    Great job!!

  100. Laura Mae August 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    You look absolutely wonderful in this suit! The gingham was an inspired choice. And cheers to you for posting pictures! Brava!

  101. Adele August 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    soooo stunning Tasia! Love the back view, gorgeous bum!

  102. Tasia August 8, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Thank you all so much for the awesome comments! You guys are the best, honestly. I’ll be thinking of all the nice things you said as I saunter around the beach in my new suit!

    Thanks for all the compliments, too! I’m blushing, and smiling, and feeling pretty good. You sure know how to make a woman feel great!

    To anyone who wants to make their own: even if you’ve never made a suit before, if you like it, this is a good pattern to start with! No underwires or plastic or metal hardware bits to deal with, no boning or anything like that. It’s a very clean and simple pattern with an elegant result. (Here is the link again,

    Thanks, everyone! ;)

  103. Rhonda August 8, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    I love it. Nice job. Looks comfortable. Wish I could sew one like that.

  104. Lizzy August 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    You look very good ! I love the patetrn, I have it already, also my fabric….just I don’t know when I will do it, right now I’m practicing to sew lycra/spandex doing a bikini for my daughter

  105. Jane August 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Nice suit!! I also love my suit. I would never have thought to make one, but the pattern is so flattering. I especially love how my butt looks/feels in it – no more adjusting it when I climb out of the pool!

  106. B August 8, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    This fabric and pattern look so good on you!

    I agree that padding is necessary on swimsuits…no one wants anything to perk out unintentionally, especially after being in water.

    I am still a beginning sewer…hopefully I can make this one day.

    PS. I also own a pair of thick thighs, despite my small upper body. It’s hard to find the right bottoms to wear =(

  107. Meigan August 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    Your suit is adorable and looks great on you. Wear it with pride! I hope the weather cooperates for you :)

  108. Laura August 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Oh, wow! You look amazing, I love it. ;)
    I’m starting to feel the need to make this up, even though it’s the middle of winter in this hemisphere… everyone has such amazing versions!

  109. Carla T. August 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    It’s adorable!! Love the fabric & it looks fantastic on you!!

  110. Carla August 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    Simply fantastic! You look beautiful and happy! The suit really becomes you….thighs and all, silly :) I have to show my daughter-in-law. She loves retro, and I think she would adore this suit. Thanks for sharing so much of yourself and your talent!

  111. Mads August 8, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    Your suit turned out beautifully and looks wonderful on you! Thank you for sharing them with us (and, er, the rest of the internet)!

  112. mydailyminefield August 8, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    I wish I looked like you in a bathing suit!!!! I also wish I could sew like you do!!!! The suit looks precious on you!!! Great Job!!!

  113. Laura August 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    It looks great! I let the front fall where it wants, and that is at the top of my thighs. It is hard to switch from a swim skirt to this, but I love mine and have decided I don’t need to hide my thighs or apologize for who I really am.

  114. wanda ll August 8, 2013 at 6:26 pm #

    You look so cute in this suit. You should make you more in different colors and patterns. And the back side looks so good too. It fits everywhere and I can’t say that about bought suits any more. They always leave something hanging out somewhere you don’t want. But your suit fits. Keep up the awesome post and ideas.

  115. lori August 8, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

    Gorgeous suit! So pretty!!!

  116. Pamela @ Johnny Mango Seed August 8, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    That first photo of you is my favorite–you look so pleased, and it’s a great backdrop! Congrats. The suit is lovely.

  117. Marissa August 8, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    The suit looks adorable! Great job.

  118. Nicole August 8, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

    I was a runner, and now a cyclist, and while I don’t love my muscular thighs, I know stick-thin versions wouldn’t be able to haul my butt and bike up an 8% grade! I just ordered some magenta fabric for this suit (though the other top option suits my no-chest better) and can’t wait to make it! Yours turned out beautifully!

  119. Michelle August 8, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    It’s lovely!

  120. Christine August 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm #

    adorable!!! I have the pattern and the fabric, so now it’s just a matter of making it up! hope mine looks half as cute as yours!

  121. Ashley August 8, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

    You look absolutely beautiful!!!
    Your blog is such an inspiration to so many woman.
    Thank you for sharing your swimsuit project!
    Hmmmm…. I wonder if that’ll be your next pattern debut?!

  122. Loraine August 9, 2013 at 1:07 am #


  123. candie tancred August 9, 2013 at 1:34 am #

    Amazing sewing but you need to come to Australia to brown your porcelain skin! one cannot help being brown here with such strong sunlight and beautiful beaches. I live in Manly Sydney and absolutely love your website!

  124. Louise August 9, 2013 at 1:55 am #

    You look fabulous!! The style really suits you. And that’s how swimwear models should look – not stick thin and not a curve in site. :-)

  125. Gracie August 9, 2013 at 3:02 am #

    You, and the swimsuit, look AMAZING! I think the shape really suits you, and doesn’t emphasize your hips at all. Awesome job!

  126. George August 9, 2013 at 4:08 am #


    The fit is perfect, shape totally flattering. Without being too forward, the derrière is my favourite bit! And totally let the skirt fall where it may.

    Pin up!

  127. Elisabeth August 9, 2013 at 5:13 am #

    Thank you for sharing! I can understand you’re hesitant to post bathing suit photos online, but not to worry – you look great!
    As I live in a part of the world which I assume has similar climate to yours, swimwear is not a priority in my wardrobe.
    But every now and then we northerners travel to sunnier spots, and I think I’ll have to make myself one of these. I like the thought of covering (some of) the areas I’m most self conscious of…

  128. Carolyn August 9, 2013 at 6:44 am #

    Tasia, you look amazing!! : ) The suit is adorable in the blue gingham, and it really does flatter your curves beautifully. No need to be self-conscious when you’re rocking an awesome suit like this!! I can already see heads turning and jaws dropping when you bust this out at the beach. Rock it, girl!

  129. Angie August 9, 2013 at 9:00 am #


    It looks awesome!! I wish I had your curves and muscular thighs. I love the hourglass shape but I’m more straight up and down with thin hips/thighs and no waist. I love this suit but sadly, it wouldn’t flatter my figure.

    Nice work. You rock this suit!

  130. Angie August 9, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    You and your curves rock this suit. I am more straight up and down, no hips, no waist. I love the suit, but it would not look so flattering on me. If only I had the hourglass shape and those muscular thighs…….

    I think you should go for red on your next one.

    • Angie August 9, 2013 at 9:09 am #

      Oops. I tried to comment and thought it didn’t post. Sorry.

  131. Sylvie August 9, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    I think you look amazing – thighs and all! Strut your way confidently all the way to the pool!

  132. Amanda August 9, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Great job on the suit – it looks amazing on you! :) I think you should be proud of dem thighs – I’m one of those gals with “skinny legs” and believe me, it ain’t any easier exposing these things in summer (it doesn’t help that by the time summer hits Vancouver I’m so white I glow in the dark LOL). Having fuller thighs means you have a more shapely figure, whereas I’m always conscious that my smaller thighs/hips make me look like I have no waist LOL. I think no matter what we have, we are afraid someone will critique us, when as you said, we are what we are; why waste our precious 2 months of summer worrying about our bodies, right? :)

  133. youseef August 9, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    no comment….??!! so beauty

  134. Eva August 9, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    I didn’t have time to read all the other posts, but your suit looks great, and as my mother would say, it sets you off. I have a pear shape so your posts really help me. Thanks :)

  135. Anne August 9, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    Love your thighs! They bike you around, and keep you steady, and they are lovely! On a totally unconnected note, I have a reverse pear body (big bust, no waist, no hips, but not quite an apple) but through sewing my own clothes and reading blogs, I’m developing a healthier sense of my own body. And I so appreciate the frank discussions such as those brought up by this pattern (which is so flattering overall, yes?). LOVE!

  136. Renay August 10, 2013 at 2:44 am #

    So amazing. Very flattering! cannot wait to make this swimsuit…thanks for all of your tips!!!

  137. Ledys August 11, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    You look absolutely fabulous and your swimsuit rocks!! I love how flattering this swimsuit is and still how comfortable it seems when it’s on. Love it!!

  138. Elena Knits August 11, 2013 at 3:38 pm #

    You look really gorgeous in it! I know what you mean about cycling and genetics. I practice capoeira and I can say that I also have very muscular thighs. All in all, I think, as you said, that it’s better to be able to reach the top of the hill than having just bones covered by skin.

    BTW, thank you again for making such wonderful designs for pear shaped women like me :)

  139. neroli August 12, 2013 at 2:48 am #

    I have to agree with the other posts; this looks great on you. I think the bootie shot is particularly flattering. Go girl!

  140. Kathleen August 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    You look fabulous, Tasia! Thank you for the sewing inspiration, the lessons on body-image acceptance and the reminder that none of us is happy with all of us!

    As I, too, live in the Pacific NorthWET, swimwear is not high on my ‘gotta sew’ list. I seriously doubt I’ll ever make my own swimsuit – but if I decide to, I know where to find guidance and advice.

    Thanks –

  141. Patricia August 12, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Love this suit on you! That said it is a wonderful pattern and truly appealing style. Thanks for sharing…. Very flattering!

  142. Sewing Sveta August 12, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Vancouver is Canada’s third most rainy city, with over 161 rainy days per year.
    Sorry, I checked before moving to Vancouver, because this is very important to me, so 300 days with rain ‘ too much%)))

  143. Dani August 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Holy McHotStuff!! You look amazing in that suit!!! Bombshell is right! I think this needs to go on my list for sure!

  144. Crystal August 13, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

    You look great!!! Thanks for posting photos of yourself in your lovely swim suit. You did a great job on it.

  145. jude August 14, 2013 at 3:04 am #

    I love everything about this suit and you look stunning in it. I am a bikini lover but I may well attempt this for next year. thanks for sharing!

  146. Lisa August 19, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

    This is awesome! You look wonderful :). I’m inspired to give this a go!

  147. Danielle September 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

    This looks great on you!

    And after reading your post about adjusting the 3 different sizes and then seeing the finished product, I can see that we have very similar body shapes, so it makes me feel more confident about making this suit for myself! I purchased the pattern a while back, but still haven’t found the right fabric I want to use for it yet.

    Thanks for sharing your experience!

  148. D. Esterline September 15, 2013 at 6:08 pm #

    Wow! That is so cute! You did a great job. Reminds me of an old movie star suit.

  149. Cynthia October 14, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    Hi Tasia,

    I’m in the process of starting my swim suit line and I was wondering if you would like the opportunity to make samples of a few of my designs. It looks like you do great work.

    Have a great day!

  150. Abi October 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    This is a bit of a late comment, but I’m so excited to see this finished! We’re heading into Summer over here and I’m really excited to make my own swimsuit. I love this style and it looks absolutely fantastic so I think I’ll have to give it a try! Thanks for sharing your progress, it’s really helpful!


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