Summer strikes fear in the hearts of many, but most especially in those who have not decided to get themselves ‘in shape’ for the summer. I’m going to be real here: the last thing I ever plan to do is drop and give anyone much less myself 20 for the sake of firming up to wear a bathing suit in public. Life is far too short to beat myself up for not having a swimsuit model’s body. And I love food far too much for these types of worries. Let’s transform that energy into something better, like a bathing suit that I have dreamed of for ages.
Enter the Bombshell bathing suit. This is my second iteration of the suit, I made so many mistakes on my first that it ended up in the trash. I couldn’t even salvage it into View C/bathing suit bottoms, I just freaking blew it from start to finish (which completely pissed me off because I bought my fabric at Britex and that shit wasn’t cheap). This time, I kept the instructions handy, followed Heather’s Bombshell Sewalong to the letter, took my time (the hardest part of all) and had super-duper-success the whole way through to the end.
The fabric is from Harts Fabric, and the lining is actually nude bathing suit fabric that I picked up somewhere last summer. I had some power mesh left over from my first run on this suit but decided to go with something with more shaping capabilities. The use of two bathing suit fabrics rather than a fabric with a mesh liner means the suit itself is a bit heavy and takes a while to dry, but considering I only really hit the water when its 1,000,000*F, I think I’ll be OK.
I stitched up View B in a size 16, with the size 18 triangles for the top because trying to wrestle my rack into something smaller didn’t sound fun. I’d rather have a little more coverage than a little more side-action, if you know what I’m saying. I can bend forward as well as lay down on my back in this thing with no one escaping out either the front or the sides. I nearly always have to go up a size in the tops of things – dresses, tops, blouses, etc. – and almost always have to give things a full bust adjustment too. You’d think I’d be used to it by now but I have so many patterns I haven’t made yet because I have to sit down and do math AND I HATE MATH. And geometry = *Shudder*
I was so proud of myself for making this suit, and felt so confident in it poolside. It took a while to dry as I thought, and if I make it again I’m going to pull the elastic a bit tighter on the front/skirt portion because with all of the ruching I felt that it sagged a bit more than I wanted it to when wet. As we all do when we sew something I was entirely more conscious of this than anyone, and am willing to bet that no one noticed.
Another fun thing I made for this pool party was my self-drafted caftan (not pictured because I still have to finish the hem, shhhhhdonttellok but I wore it anyway) and the gold hot pants on my sweet birthday princess. She commissioned me to make her gold hot pants for her birthday, and who can turn that challenge down? Again, I got the fabric at Harts, it’s the most amazing gold linen I’ve ever seen. And the pattern is the K&L Tap Shorts, which is one of my favorite patterns for myself and she loved it too. The construction was pretty straightforward, I decided to move the zipper to the back and didn’t think it through ahead of time so it gave me some hives, and the waistband came out, oh, two inches smaller than her waist. I hacked out the sides of the shorts, inserted some elastic and made a tab-over top for that area so they had some peekaboo cut outs on the side. Sexy for her and ass-saving for me, because I didn’t have enough fabric to make another pair should my plan fail me. It worked perfect and she looked A-ma-Zane. (<- yes I can spell, this is a play on her last name). If I can help a birthday girl look like even more of a knockout on her birthday, I’m happy to oblige!