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.
When the sewing blogs exploded with Bombshells (forgive me, I just couldn’t help myself ), 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.
I 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.
I 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.
I think having white on top and black on the bottom helps to balance my proportions a bit.
As 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.
One of my favorite things about this suit is the complete booty coverage. There’s no worry about showing any cheek while wearing this suit.
I 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.
It 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.
The 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!
I 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).
I 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!
Well, 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.