I know everyone has seen more than their share of Bombshells lately, which tells you just how amazing this pattern is. Aside from making you feel like one, its been quite a bombshell on the sewing community in fact.
I cannot believe I have made a bathing suit.
And it fits. And it didn’t dissolve when I went in the ocean. And it’s drip drying on my shower curtain rod right now, like a normal… bathing suit.
It bears mentioning that while a lot has been said about how this swimsuit has empowered women in regards to their body image, I have to say how much it has empowered sewists too. This is by far the most impressive thing I have ever made, and never thought I could. Especially for us sorry souls without a serger and no hope for a serger anytime soon. Heather Lou helped a poor little so-so sewist like me feel like The S&%* for a minute! And hosting a sewalong to hold our hand through it? This woman deserves an award!
Here’s the details on mine: I cut a size 8 top and size 10 bottom, per the measurements on the pattern. I am 5’10″ so I added 3 inches to the length, just like she did in the sewalong. Do you have any idea how nice it is to wear a one piece that is actually comfortable and long enough for your torso, covering everything it’s supposed to? Wow!
Because I was worried about the sheerness of the white fabric with nude lining, I added an extra crotch piece (underwear style), but because of the bathing suit’s “skirt,” it really didn’t matter. I used swimsuit cups from the sewing store, not because I need the support that others need… let’s just say I need some “structure.” After I got them all sewed in (I was nervous about this part) I discovered they are in there a little uneven and wonky. That got me very worried about looking kind of Kitty a la Arrested Development, post-boob job, but I think it turned out ok.
The zigzag stitch on my machine is generally pretty heinous, and I really can’t adjust the width or length, no matter how much I fiddle with the settings (I have the most basic of basic machines), so from the outside my seams unfortunately look a little Frankensteinish (see below). However, for finishing the edges, they don’t look bad, because the edges are bulky enough that the stitches don’t pull.
I had a lot of difficulty with finishing the bustline – so much gaping that the bust looked all stretched out. Or maybe it was stretched out. I had to rip the whole thing out twice, which isn’t fun with lycra and elastic. But I have to say that I expected to have a LOT more difficulty with this project, so if that was the extent of it, I’m more than pleased.
Oh, and I HAVE to mention – this fabric? $9.77/yd remnant at G Street! Yes!