Bombshell swimsuit

So, I finally finished my bombshell swimsuit, just in time for the middle of winter! I know, the timing seems ridiculous, but I actually wear a bathing suit way more in the winter than in the summer, since we have a hot tub and I really don’t care much for swimming. It was my first time sewing a bathing suit and although it’s far from perfect, I absolutely love it!

I made View A in this adorable watermelon-print fabric from The Fabric Fairy, which I ordered online (the irony is that I don’t actually like eating watermelon…). I won’t say much about the pattern because it’s all been said already! It’s fantastic – so flattering and retro-looking.

That being said, I did have some problems with the fit, but they were my fault rather than the pattern’s. I managed to improvise a “quick fix” that probably ended up taking more time than ripping it out and starting over, but the fit is good now. The inside is a bit of a mess, which would usually bug me, but not this time because, um, I MADE A SWIMSUIT.

For more photos and construction details, see my blog post. Thanks for reading!

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Hey everyone! Hope y’all are enjoying the summer (or the coming fall for our Aussie buds).

Pretty exciting news…. I recently released the pattern for the vintage style swimsuit I last posted here. I’ve been working on it all spring and I’m soooooo excited about it.

The Bombshell is modeled on a classic 1950′s silhouette, a style that harkens back to the golden era of flattering, sexy and (dare I say) modest swimsuits. The pattern includes 3 variations in 8 sizes: a gathered bust maillot, a halter neck, and a high waist bottom which you can mix and match with your favourite bikini top. Ruched on all sides and along the back center seam, the Bombshell hugs your curves while providing full (but sexy) coverage. Its booty encasing seat and skirt-like front ensure your butt is covered (literally), avoiding the dreaded 4-cheek butt-bulge of higher cut suits. Fully lined, it will keep you decent in or out of the water.

And guess what? It’s now for sale right here on We Sew Retro! It’s a downloadable PDF and it comes with a detailed set of illustrated instructions (including step by step photos), and two formats for the pattern, one on letter/A4, and the other in copy shop size. I am hosting a sewalong on my blog starting next week if anyone is nervous about sewing swimwear (it’s actually totally doable with a little guidance).

This is seriously the most flattering suit in the world and there is nothing else on the market like it…. I can’t wait to see your version!

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