Hello my Sewing-Friends! This month I have something special for you. I made a brand-new swimsuit (and my first self-made one ever).
If you are not familiar with sewing bras I want to encourage you to read my intro into sewing bras because for some swimsuits and bikinis you might want to consider an inset bra for support.
On my pattern choice
There are a lot of swimsuit patterns out there, from the big four (McCalls, Butterick, Simplicity etc.) to independent ones. You want to do your research here and really focus on what it is you need in swimwear. Is it just for hanging around on the beach or for swimming? How much/little coverage do you need? How much support do you need?
Closetcase Patterns has two patterns for swimwear: The Bombshell and the Sophie. Megan Nielssen just released the Cottesloe Swimsuit; Evie La Luve has more delicate bikinis and there is of course the one I chose: The Cashmerette Ipswich Swimsuit. The reason for it being that I love being in the water but I need support and a well structured swimsuit. Plus: I have a D cup and Cashmerette has a wide variety of patterns with different cupsizes included.
I made a size 14 graded to a 16 at the hips with a C/D cup and let me just spoil the ending for you: It is absolute perfection!
On my fabric choice
I have been obsessed with lemon prints ever since Dolce and Gabbana came out with their collection a few years ago and decided I wanted lemons on everything. Sadly, there is not a lot of lemon swimwear fabric around. Suddenly I remembered, that I was gifted some Christmas fabric from Spoonflower and it dawned on me that I just had to check if they had swimwear/lycra fabric. And they have!!!! After I chose my design I contacted Spoonflower and the kindly gifted me the amount of fabric I needed. The only downside is that I now want every fruity design there is. I especially like the fact I could make myself a watermelon Moneta dress with the green stripes on the bottom and the pink pulpy part on the top… that would be hilarious TBH.
Anyway. Let’s get down to business. To make a swimsuit you need to consult your pattern first. Generally, it asks for some four-way-stretch lycra fabric, swimsuit lining, swimsuit elastic, closures and mesh. You can use regular elastic but if you indend to get wet it’s preferable to use specific swimsuit elastic because the chlorine or saltwater will not do well with your regular elastics.
I achieved perfectly matched stripes because I always aligned a vertical stripe with the grainline-arrow of the pattern pieces. Thank you, Jenny Rushmore!
I can almost taste the lemonade now! You go on joining the side seams.
And then on to the elastics and the straps.
Well, I said I am happy with the result… The support is fantastic and I already feel like summer…
That’s it from me. Happy sewing!