I decided to try my hand at making a swimsuit when I saw this gorgeous pattern and sew-along hosted by Closet Case Files.
I certainly can’t believe that I’m posting a photo of myself in my swimsuit on my blog, but here goes…
I made my suit out of some red stretch nylon that I found at Joanns. I had meant it to go with a red/ivory floral linen wrap skirt that I have, but for some reason it didn’t look that good when paired together.
This was my first swimsuit and as I haven’t made much (if any) lingerie yet, and am not used to sewing in this matter, it took me longer to make this than I expected. I usually am able to whip up garments in a few days, but this one took a little more time. I was also out of my comfort zone as I generally sew dresses and sew with cotton and silk and not very stretchy fabrics. I thought that the pattern was well drafted, although I dislike PDF patterns and it took me an entire afternoon to cut it out and assemble. The directions, though, need a little tweaking, especially for one who is a swimsuit sewing beginner. I followed the sew-along and read the directions and still was a bit confused about some things. For someone who never has sewn anything like this, it was a little disconcerting. I do plan to make another bombshell and will use this one as a muslin. This one is certainly wearable, but definitely not the best I can do. It didn’t help that my serger broke just before I started this. 🙁 Thankfully, my new one will be here on Monday (a Janome!) and my inherited Brother will go to the shop and be used as a back-up when it’s fixed. I went and sewed a dress after this, of which I am currently making a cotton petticoat for and will feature on this blog soon. 🙂
I was going to wear this suit when we were at the beach the other day and get some photos, but I didn’t want to change in a parking lot surrounded by tourists…. lol…. We were at the dog beach at Fort Funston outside of San Francisco, so it didn’t matter what I was wearing there anyway. I got sunburnt which fortunately turned into a tan, although I generally try to stay out of the sun. I guess it was this horrid heatwave and being cooled by the water that made my stay out for hours at the beach not covered up…. at least my Polynesian skin is happy about being tanned. 🙂
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Happy 4th of July!