A few days ago I was suddenly struck with the knowledge I had to, had to, get to sewing some swimsuits. In fact, I have this silly little dream of running a little web-thingy whereby people donate the funds for materials, and I make up amazing custom swimwear for young women who are otherwise without a kick-ass summer suit. Like, I’d like to make suits like this for EVERY young woman who wants one! Body image issues are rubbish and a custom suit goes a long way to demolishing them for the season.
But – for now, I’ll concentrate on making suits for family & friends.
First up: skulls and lightning. Because, OF COURSE. A (to my taste) seventies-inspired suit with a surplice bodice.
Next: the Bombshell – a pin-up style gathered-bust maillot. I found a fabulous novelty spandex that is even prettier than the pictures here showcase.
Halter-style bodice (which the heavily-endowed likely rue, but the smaller set don’t have much trouble with):
Swimsuits are easy to sew. Or are they? Certainly it is easy to make one up, slip it on, and feel a sense of yay! when the thing looks pretty good – at first. Invariably and often, however, sewing a well-performing swimsuit is a little tougher. A swimsuit that doesn’t ride, pull down, pinch, pop stitches, expose oneself, and/or need constant adjustment. After all, we are dealing with a lot of variables here – the stretch of the fabric, the size (and strength and stretch) of elastic, the desire for bust support (from “none” to, “cantilever bridge technology”), and the performance of the suit while swimming or sporting.
That said, my daugther’s been wearing her green suit all day and praising it!