Have you ever wanted to try making your own swimwear? I know I have! It seems to be So. Much. Harder. to find something that not only is the style I want and flatters my body, but is also a print I like! I mean, it’s like a horrible swimming suit Venn Diagram.
I had way too much fun creating that.
Anyway, after losing the baby weight from my boys, my swimming suit is a bit too big, and I’ve considered buying a new one. That’s where I’ve been for about a year now, but I haven’t found one I like. So when I saw that there was a cute pattern for bathing suits coming out in the Bundle Up sale, I was all over that!
*the bundle sale ends today! I seriously thought it went through Sunday, but it ends today, so you’d better grab your patterns quickly if you were looking at some!*
What do you think of this neon floral? Nathan REALLY doesn’t like it, but I kind of do. Either way, it was the perfect fabric to make a muslin for the Mykonos top. Why a muslin? Well, because I didn’t want to cut into the fabric I bought (and love) before knowing what I needed to change about the pattern so that it would fit my body. I needed to add length to the skirt portion of the empire style top. I added 3.5 inches, but I’m thinking I may even add another half inch to the final so I have the length I need to hem it.
Now, before you guys think I’m so awesome and sage-like for telling you to make a muslin….
I didn’t make a muslin for the bottoms.
And I really should have!
I mistakenly thought that just because Amy’s bottoms fit her perfectly, the pattern would do the same for me.
I’ll spare you pictures, but I think my bottoms would have been a big hit for plumbers if you get my drift…
So I cut a 6 inch wide strip of fabric (luckily I had enough extra to do that!) that was just a bit shorter than the distance around my waist, folded it in half, and added a yoga waistband to the boyshorts to get the bum coverage I needed. It didn’t come off perfectly, and I’m more than a little disappointed, but they’re wearable. And the top will cover the wonky waistband when I wear the suit.
Well, does this make swimwear seem like something YOU could sew? Because even though this first attempt hasn’t gone perfectly, I totally feel like a rockstar! I’m making myself a swimsuit!
And in the same week I made JEANS even!