But really. I'll keep it in check.
Last year I made myself a swimsuit and shared it here. It was okay, but I was really uncomfortable in it. I've worn bikinis all my life, but after wearing it one time, I decided it was time for a little more coverage.
I've never found a one-piece that fits. Never. I've got a long torso and minuscule bust, which means one-pieces either ride horrendously or drown me up top.
Last summer I admired the Bombshells created during the Closet Case Patterns sew-along, and thought maybe, just maybe, I could sew my own one-piece.
It worked! (P.S. It's my birthday, too. Hence the post title.)
Surest way to get strange looks from your neighbors: Stand in the middle of the street in a bathing suit and high heels while your husband snaps photos. Then tell your neighbor by way of explaining that you sew and post the photos on the Internet.
Pretty sure we just graduated to becoming the Neighborhood Creepers.
Fabric: Nylon/Spandex purchased from Let's Sew in Evansville, IN
Size: Size 4 bust, graded out to size 8 waist, graded back to size 6 hips.
Modifications: Used size 6 straps. Added 3" to the front and back lining pieces. Added 4.8" to the front and back ruched pieces. (Per the sew along instructions, which included modifications for lengthening just that amount. Those are the measurements for two ladies who were 5'10" and made the suit. It's designed based on a height of 5'6". So essentially even though I'm 5'6", I have the torso length of someone 5'10".)
- This style really does look flattering on a variety of body types.
- It's extremely comfortable. I ran, bent over, and wriggled around -- there was no riding or awkward gaping.
- It's modest but not reminiscent of the skirted suits of the '80s, which I was trying to avoid.
- I don't feel self conscious about my AAA-cup bust! No cups are caving in, and no enormous pads are necessary.
- The inside of the suit is polished, and if assembled properly, this suit should last.
- There's no bust support, which I imagine is necessary for anyone over an A-cup. She includes instructions for adding cups and a shelf in the sew-along.
- There's a lot of gathering. A lot.
- Working with swimsuit fabric is not for the faint-hearted. It just takes patience.
- I didn't use a narrow enough zig-zag stitch for assembly, and I popped some stitches the first time I tried on the suit. It's reinforced with serging, so it shouldn't fall apart. (!!) Next time I'll use a narrower stitch to allow for more stretch room.
- A narrower stitch will also solve the problem of stitches showing when the seams are pulled.
- I'm considering sizing up next time. I'm just nervous the bust will be too roomy.
- I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend using the sew-along as reference. It's much more detailed than the instructions included with the pattern. If you read through each post/step, she really has included everything you need to know.
The work that went into this design and pattern is incredible. I'm so impressed with the pattern, the instructions, and the end product!