I'm so excited to be part of the blogger network for Perfect Pattern Parcel #3! PPP offers a great collection of discounted indie sewing patterns with some of the proceeds going to children's education charities. Included in Pattern Parcel #3 are the following patterns:
Poppy Tunic by Make it Perfect
Water Bottle Tote by Radiant Home Studio
Jorna Tank Dress by Jenna Brand
Staple Dress by April Rhodes
Bombshell Swimsuit by Closet Case Files
Bonus pattern: Prefontaine Shorts for Women by Made with Moxie
After my love affair with the Closet Case Files Nettie bodysuit (see makes 1, 2, and 3), of course I was going to make the Bombshell swimsuit. And, no surprise, I love it! Heather is so amazingly talented guys - her patterns so far have just been perfection <3
This is my favorite swimming suit ever. And the only one I've felt truly comfortable in. Wearing bikinis has always felt a bit too much like wearing underwear in public for me, but I wore them anyway because one-pieces tended to be boring or matronly. This suit is fantastic because it provides a decent amount of coverage while still being super cute and flattering. It's so empowering to be able to sew exactly what suits your lifestyle.
This was my first experience with sewing swimsuit lycra, but it went surprisingly well. I used a stretch needle and my walking foot for basting and applying elastic, and sewed the seams with my serger. There were some spots I had to go over a few times with the serger, and I'm pretty sure I left most of my basting stitches in... luckily a busy print and some ruching will hide any number of sewing sins ;)
I got this crazy colorful fabric, along with my lilac lining fabric and swimsuit elastic, from The Fabric Fairy. They have a great selection of swimsuit fabric, including lots of fun prints!
I added cups from an old swimsuit for a little extra shaping. They were easy to sew in, though I may not have gotten them exactly symmetrical.
And yes, I totally climbed into a creek to get these pictures. I'd been planning on using Barton Springs pool as a backdrop, but it was closed for an indefinite amount of time due to flooding from all the storms we've been having lately. So my husband and I took to the Barton Creek Greenbelt, looking for the swimming holes we'd heard were there. We never found them, but we did find this surprisingly pretty little spot underneath a highway bridge. Added bonus: no one else was around to watch my swimsuit photo shoot - I imagine that could've gotten kind of embarrassing...
Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 runs through June 13th - make sure to get it before it's gone!
And be sure to check out the following blogs over the next couple weeks for some more great sewing inspiration!
Friday, May 30
Sew Busy Lizzy || Pienkel || SeamstressErin
Saturday, May 31
Design By Lindsay || the Brodrick design studio || Cookin' and Craftin'
Sunday, June 1
Diary of a Chainstitcher || a happy stitch || Disaster in a Dress || sew Amy sew
Monday, June 2
Idle Fancy || Casa Crafty || Kadiddlehopper || Dandelion Drift
Tuesday, June 3
Our Family Four || Casa Crafty || Cookin' and Craftin' || a happy stitch
Wednesday, June 4
Lexi Made || The Quirky Peach || Stitched || a happy stitch || Casa Crafty ||
Thursday, June 5
verypurpleperson || Casa Crafty || sew a straight line || Sewbon
Friday, June 6
Shawnta Sews || Mama says sew || a happy stitch || Cookin' and Craftin'
Saturday, June 7
Casa Crafty || sewninestitches || 'So, Zo... What do you know?'
Sunday, June 8
oonaballoona || A Stitching Odyssey || Sew Charleston
Monday, June 9
Sew Sweetness || True Bias || Ozzy Blackbeard
Tuesday, June 10
Welcome to the Mouse House || Sew Caroline || Adventures in Dressmaking
Wednesday, June 11
Peneloping || YoSaMi || sewVery
Thursday, June 12
la inglesita || La Pantigana || Sanae Ishida
Friday, June 13
Seamster Sewing Patterns || Paunnet