Sewing your own swimsuit is selfish sewing at it’s best! I’ve been eyeing the two piece bathing suit pattern In Ottobre Design Magazine Issue 02/2011 for a while, wanting to try it. I finally sewed it up and now I love the results!
This bathing suit is numbers 19 and 20 from the 02/2011 issue of Ottobre Design Magazine. I’m pretty self-conscious of my body in such a small amount of clothing, and this pattern offered several features that I liked. I already own a bathing suit that looks very similar, but the top portion doesn’t have the front overlap that this one does, and it offers no side coverage at all. I feel more comfortable wearing a tank top over or under it, actually, it bothers me that much. But not the Ottobre version!
I spent a lot of time sewing the top portion of the suit, getting it just the way I wanted before I moved on. It has very pretty neckline shape, but as designed the bodice still spread open more than I was comfortable with. Luckily I noticed this before I sewed the bottom portion on. I simply overlapped the bust area more than called for and now it’s great.
I slipped these handy foam bra cups inside the bodice portions, which also gives me more coverage. You can see the outlines of the cups a little bit from the sides, but I don’t mind. That’s better than the alternative and one more improvement over my store bought suit. 🙂
The entire suit is lined, including the full-coverage bottoms. These things hold my belly in, yay! As you can see from the picture, I did a quick zig-zag stretch stitch for the hem on the top. Then the bottoms came together so much faster than I expected, I took the time to thread up my double needle to do all of the hems. It’s really an easy step and I’m glad I did it.
I have other bathing suits that I’ll bring for back-up, but I may be wearing this one the entire cruise, I love it that much. In case you’re wondering, I used swimsuit fabric and elastic from The Fabric Fairy and the bra cups came from Joann’s (with a coupon, of course).
Do you sew swimsuits? Tell me in the comments.
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