To kick off summer in style we’re having our first swimsuit sew along. The pattern, from Papercut Patterns is as versatile as it is flattering. There are lots of options that come with this pattern and Rhonda will show you all in this week’s post. If you haven’t purchased the pattern yet there is still time! Grab a pattern and let’s get started.
When it comes to looking for a swimsuit, we all wish for a suit that is somehow magical. The suit that we put on and transforms us into bathing beauties. More often than not, we leave the store beating ourselves up as nothing met the vision of what we had hoped for. My philosophy is, “why put myself through the agony?” Why not make a suit in the comfort of my home where the lighting is not atrocious and I don’t feel exposed to the world?
If you’ve never made a swimsuit, the Soma Swimsuit from Papercut Patterns is a great pattern to start with. It’s so stylish, offers lots of options, and best of all, looks great on the body. Now that’s a winning combination in my book!!!
There are 2 purchasing options, a PDF version, and a hard copy version. In my opinion, by all means, purchase the hard copy version. It is an absolute treat for the senses.
Papercut Patterns are made with 100% recycled products and all products used in the creation of the pattern are recyclable.
As like most patterns, the pattern pieces are laid out on sheets of tissue paper. At the top of one page, you’ll find the instruction booklet. It was designed so that the user can easily assemble the book and then flip from page to page. No getting your pages confused and wondering where you are! Sometimes the smallest things can make me so happy. This little booklet really made me happy as it simplified the process of reading instructions.
There are multiple options included in the pattern, a cute bikini. The top is a shortened version of the 1-piece suit, but a separate pattern is included for the top.
Another top with more coverage is offered. This top can be paired with a high cut brief as you see below, or the bikini bottom.
When choosing a fabric for your suit, choose lycra with stretch in the lengthwise and crosswise directions. If you choose a fabric that will only stretch around the body, the suit will be too short to pull up. If the fabric only has stretch in the lengthwise direction, it will never fit around the body. Lots of swimsuit fabrics are offered today and can be found everywhere, from high end fabric stores, to your local chain fabric store.
This suit is designed to be lined. I used a flesh colored lining that is meant for swimsuits and I found it at my local chain fabric store. Just be sure that what you use for a lining also has stretch in the lengthwise and crosswise directions.
The pattern does specify using swimsuit elastic around the leg openings and the waistline of the 1-piece suit. This elastic has been formulated to withstand chlorine. If you are planning to wear the suit quite often in a chlorinated pool, then I recommend using the specially formulated elastic. But, I have made suits where I did not use the specially formulated elastic and the suit has lasted as long as I wanted to wear it. So just keep in mind where you will be wearing the suit and how much wear the suit will receive.
The Soma 1-Piece Swimsuit, and the bikini top are edged with foldover elastic. This finishes the swimsuit beautifully and helps to ensure a snug fit around the bust. If you cannot find a matching foldover elastic, opt for a contrasting foldover elastic. Black and white are always easy to find and both colors make for a great contrasting look as you see with the suit below.
The pattern also calls for 2 rings for the straps. This is where you can get creative. When I put my suit together, I was in an area where few resources were available, but, there was a hardware store! There I found a ring that actually became an accent piece rather than just a ring to hold the straps.
The pattern specifies that the back straps be made with bra strap elastic. Rather than purchase the special elastic, I decided to use the foldover elastic for the back straps and it worked beautifully.
The pattern does not include directions for adding bra cups to the suit. Most of us enjoy the added support of a bra cup, so we will have a special segment on adding the bra cups to the suit. Bra cups can be found at your local chain fabric store, but there are other options. If you have a bra that has a great cup, but the elastic is shot, cut out the bra cup and use it in your suit. That’s exactly what I did with the suit that I made, and it worked beautifully.
If you think that you might like to take the “plunge” and give making a suit a try, you can find the Soma Swimsuit here.
One little word of warning….
Once you make one suit, you will be making more!!!
Until next time,