Monday, July 8, 2013

Patterns: Swimsuit Time!

This weekend was supposed to be a great time of relaxation and sewing because I had a 4 day weekend. Alas, it was not meant to be as my freelancing job called me up and needed gobs of work done. Well, it ended up being gobs of work because I didn't do anything Wednesday or Thursday. It backed up pretty quickly.

Last weekend I started working on the Jasmine bra from Ohhh Lulu (PS- did you read the interview with her? Get the coupon code?), and I'm almost done! I just need to attach the straps and I'll be able to wear my very own handmade bra. That's easier said than done, of course, as I need to find the time. Hopefully I'll have it finished in the next few days. I can't wait to show you because I am so excited about it! Spoiler: It's amazingly comfortable - so far.

Remember my contest? Congrats go out to Cait from Cait {Makes} Things  on winning the contest. Can't wait to see some skivvies!

Over the weekend, Ashley posted Sew Free: Skivvy Edition, a round-up of some free patterns, including undies, swimwear, robes, PJs, and slips. Check it out for some great options if you need more skivvies in your life - and really, who doesn't?

So in addition to the bra I haven't completed, I still haven't started my swimsuit! I wanted it done and on the beach this past weekend, but it was not meant to be. If you've been slacking like I have, here are some of my favorite swimsuits that I've spotted floating around. Some free, some self-drafted, and some that'll cost you.

Ohhh Lulu The Ginger Body Suit and Separates PDF Sewing Pattern
Ginger Bodysuit & Separates
First up is the one I'm making! It's the Ginger bodysuit, and I'm making the 2 piece, probably with more ruffles.

Grace and Jasmine bikini
But really, you can turn any of Ohhh Lulu's patterns into a swimsuit! Check out Sarah's post here on turning the Jasmine Bra and the Grace Panties into a swimsuit. (And, ahem, did I mention 15% off - get the coupon code!)

Alison swimsuit
I'm more than a little in love with the Alison swimsuit, which I thought about making and probably will some day.

Bombshell swimsuit / bathing suit PDF Pattern. Vintage style. 3 variations: halter, maillot, high waist bikini
Bombshell Swimsuit
Of course, there's the Bombshell swimsuit that everyone's making. I love it, but it's almost identical to the one I currently own (that doesn't fit me well, argh) so I'm skipping it this year. Maybe next year!

Bow Tie Bikini
This one's a freebie! I love the bow-ties. I may need to incorporate those into mine. Hm...

Basic Swimsuit
Ralph Pink has some basic swimsuit options - the coolest thing about his website is that you can enter your measurements and the pattern adjusts accordingly. I haven't tried it, but it sounds incredible!

Wednesday Swimsuit
If you want to channel Wednesday Adams, check out this swimsuit I found on Kollabora! Another swimsuit I want to make, Kanin said she based the pattern off a tank top and some bloomers. Amazing!

Naomi from One Avian Daemon has a 7 part series on how to draft your own swimsuit, whether it's a bikini or one piece. Check out the series if you don't like your options!

I hope you're inspired, and I hope to have a swimsuit to show you next week - finally! Let me know if you have any favorites I left off.


  1. Wow! Thanks for all the great links. Now I feel like making my own bathing suit! :)

  2. Love the Ooh Lulu bikini! Definitely want to try sewing swimwear with all this fantastic inspiration.

  3. Oh, nice links!! I've just finished my swimsuit, and drafted my own using directions, but it is not that flattering. The bottoms are good, but the top.....just doesn't sit right. So, think I will go back into action and have a look at these to do another top as I have fabric left over.

    1. Oh no, you're having the worst luck with swimsuits!