Blasting into Summer with a Bombshell

I’ve been debating since last week about posting pictures of my Bombshell swimsuit on me. I know that it’s helpful for other sewists to see garments on a body rather than flat or on a hanger, but I just would rather not have pictures of me in a swimsuit floating around the internet (Let the “chick-chick-chicken” calls ensue). I’d still like to share some pictures of the suit, with you though. 🙂

IMG_8441When the sewing blogs exploded with Bombshells (forgive me, I just couldn’t help myself :-P), I too was filled with excitement about the pattern. I bought the pattern almost immediately after its release, and I’ve had this swimsuit completed for several weeks. I’ve worn it several times already, and I have to say, I really LOVE this suit. I may not be posting pictures of it on me, but that has nothing to do with being self-conscious. The suit accentuates curves in all the right ways. I truly feel beautiful and confident while wearing it. It probably would have been too much for y’all to handle anyway. 😉  The dress form certainly keeps things on this blog innocuous, albeit somewhat boring.

IMG_8453I did take a few pin-up type pictures in the suit to use as part of a gift for my DH. It’s our 5-year wedding anniversary today. Yay! 😀 It’s almost unbelievable that it has been 5 years already. I’m so blessed to be trekking through life with such an amazing man.

Ehem. I’ll stop there for those of you who were worried this post would derail into sappy land.

OK. Let’s talk a bit about the making of the suit.

IMG_8447I knew right away that I wanted to use that white floral material, but I’m saving most of that material for another project. So, I just cut the bust portion of the swimsuit from the floral material and went with a black swimwear material for the bottom.

IMG_8448 I think having white on top and black on the bottom helps to balance my proportions a bit.

IMG_8445As you can see, I made version A with the sweetheart neckline. For those who may be wondering: I cut size 10 bust, size 8 waist, size 14 hips. Check out the picture below of the back piece. Someone has a big booty! 😛 To be honest, I could’ve used a bit more curve for it to sit flat against my lower back.

IMG_20130619_202650_606One of my favorite things about this suit is the complete booty coverage. There’s no worry about showing any cheek while wearing this suit.

IMG_8452I should have cut the bust slightly smaller than the size 10, because I’m technically between 8 and 10. I like the bust to be pretty snug, so I ended up having to take it in at the back seam line to help it stay in place better.

IMG_8439It seems like I may have gathered the center of the bust a bit more than the pattern called for. I didn’t mark it, so I just kind of gathered it and tried it on to see if it looked OK. If I make this again, I will definitely be moving the straps in so they’ll pull the top up a bit more to give me a bit more coverage. They’re just set widely, so the suit gapes a tad in the front, and the top of the suit doesn’t go up quite as far on me as I’d like. But, honestly, this covers way more than most swimsuits out there.

IMG_8451The lining material that I used doesn’t have the same amount of stretch as the swimwear material. That, on top of the waist size, makes it extremely difficult to get it on over my hips and bum, but once it’s on it fits perfectly. I just have to hope that I won’t have to go to the bathroom while wearing it. Haha!

IMG_8443I added some foam cups from an old exercise top. Before sewing the elastic to the top, I tried the suit on, and I knew I needed something to help me feel a bit more secure. So I sewed some last-minute elastic below the cups for a bit of a shelf support (No, my lazy self wasn’t about to pick apart the side seams to sew the elastic into them ;-P).

IMG_20130709_163200_137I wouldn’t wear this suit to do much activity, but it works for lounging or leisurely swimming. If I were to make it again, I would probably add cups with underwire to the lining.  I would use the cups from an old bra and sew the edge of the bands into the side seams of the suit.

Oh, by the way, the reason the elastic shows on the inside is because my swimwear elastic was a bit wider than the pattern called for. Oh well!

IMG_8440Well, that’s all I have to say about the suit. I have really enjoyed seeing all the amazing Bombshell swimsuits out there. Have you made a swimsuit yet this summer? If you haven’t, I encourage you to give it a go. It’s a much more enjoyable process than the torture that is searching for a RTW swimsuit. Once you make your own swimwear you’ll never go back to buying RTW swimsuits.

  1. Redeyedtreefr0g

    July 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Neat swimsuit! And happy anniversary! Jamie and I have our 5th one this year too, this August 8th 😀

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Thank you! Awesome! Happy (early) Anniversary to you too, then! 😀


    July 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I love how you colorblocked it! Every time I see pictures of this swimsuit, I just fall in love with it again and again 🙂

    And congratulations on making it 5 years – happy anniversary!

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 10:12 am

      Thanks! I knew I wanted to do some form of colorblocking, but I wanted a print to. So, I just went with it. 🙂 Me too, there are so many amazing versions of the swimsuit that have been made. The pattern really is awesome. Oh, and thanks! 😀

  3. Kathy

    July 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Love this!! SO cute! The colorblocking it really nice. I totally agree about the RTW swimsuits… they are so lame compared to handmade. We seem to have similar proportions (smaller top, curvier bottom) and it’s IMPOSSIBLE to find a RTW swimsuit to fit!!!!

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Thanks! Yeah, I don’t know how it took me so long to start making my own. I am like the poster child of pear-shapedom. Haha! It is definitely a hassle trying to find a swimsuit (or any clothes for that matter) that is small enough for my waist but big enough for my ample bum.

  4. Boony

    July 19, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Lovely, you’re very talented!

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 10:16 am

      Aww, thanks! 🙂

  5. CGCouture

    July 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Happy anniversary! 🙂

    Love the swimsuit, I’ve been jealously watching everyone else make one, but I’ll have to wait until next year at this point. Cool idea with the colorblocking, I like how you went with a print instead of a solid.

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Thanks, and thanks! You should totally make one for yourself, even if you have to wait until next year. Put it on the calendar now. 😉

  6. Gjeometry

    July 21, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    The suit is gorgeous! Loving the colour combinations you used. I bet it looks way better on you than on Singer 150. I debated whether or not to wear my swimsuit that I just blogged, but because Kitty and I went to the beach and went swimming, it seemed only appropriate to don the suit and wear it for the blog.

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Thank you! Oh my, that is adorable! I cannot believe that your cat goes with you to the beach. Every cat that I’ve known in my lifetime wouldn’t dream of going near water. Your swimsuit is super cute, too!

  7. steph

    July 21, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Super stinkin’ adorable.

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

      Thanks! 🙂

  8. Carolyn

    July 22, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Happy anniversary! and your bombshell swimsuit looks just stunning! It can be quite intimidating to pose for the internet, but I think the swimsuit is quite modest and not in any way revealing.

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Thank you! It is intimidating, but my concern is about the weirdos out there. :/ It seems very modest on the dress form, but it’s a little bit more revealing up top on me.

  9. ShanniLoves

    July 23, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Love how you used two different fabrics! I also did the same with my elastic under the boobs. It’s really hard to unpick spandex! especially black on black! Happy Anniversary!

    1. Becca

      July 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks! Haha! Yeah, it just wasn’t happening. It would have been nothing short of torture. Oh, and thanks for the anniversary well wishes! 😀

  10. gingermakes

    July 27, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Happy anniversary, lady! This looks so great! Isn’t is pleasantly surprising to learn how easy it is to sew swimwear?

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