Week 22: Sewing a Bathing Suit
For some, Memorial Day weekend is the official kick off for the summer. It can also be the unofficial start to swim suit season, eek! Fortunately for me I’ve got myself covered with this week’s theme for the 52 Week Sewing Challenge – swim suits. We recently finished up a sewing along in The Sewing Menagerie by Aurora Designs for the 5 out of 4 Patterns Agility Tank & Dress and the Riptides Reversible Shorties. I knew going into this sew along that I wanted to make myself a new swim suit that I would feel comfortable in all summer long while the kids and I cool off pool side.
Agility Tank in swim with Reversible Riptide Shorties
The Agility comes with two different options for straps in the back. I made a muslin out of some of our Andromeda DBP (see more Andromeda color ways here) and tried out the strappy back. It was love already. The fit was great, the instructions were well written, and I adore the results and how comfortable I am in it. It even held up great when I put it to the test with some heavy yardwork.
Andromeda DBP paired with solid black DBP and heavy nylon lining
When it was time for the sew along, I grabbed three different swim solids from the shop. I wanted to add some cool color blocking to the front to help draw your eye up and in, because swim suits should be functional and fun. Next, I opted to try out the T strap back for this one. Again, couldn’t be happier.
My solid choices: Navy, Royal, and Emerald
A lot of people get nervous about all the binding required for the Agility, but with the pattern markings and tutorial included in the instruction, I really feel that this is something any level of seamstress can accomplish. Plus, even though the SAL is over, all of the videos and tutorials are still up in the Menagerie for future reference.
Next up were the Riptides. I love the fact that you can get two different looks out of the same bottoms when you choose the reversible option. I decided to keep the color blocking going and made it so that no matter which side I chose all three colors would be shown. The trickiest part for me was getting my drawstrings to cooperate. Lucky for me, I had my turning tools to help get them to cooperate.
Basic turning tools from my local craft store.
In the end, I have a new swim suit that I feel comfortable, cool, fashionable in. If you’ve been on the fence about diving into making your own swim suit, do it! I highly recommend the 5oo4 swim patterns as well as the swim fabrics from the shop. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later.
Until next time, happy sewing!