If I showed you my closet and you knew how old everything in it is, you might wonder why I would be sewing a swimsuit in February. No worries though, I haven’t lost my mind (completely). I have reasons, and they are two-fold. First, I am a sucker for a contest, and right now there is an active wear contest going on at Patternreview.com. And two, my husband bought a hot tub! After three children and barely any clothes shopping over the last couple of years (seven), nothing fits right. So four hours, and one yard of fabric later, voila! My first swimsuit.
This is a modified version of Butterick 4526, View D
Time: Four Hours
Materials: 5/8 Yard of Swim Fabric, 5/8 yard of mesh
Total Cost: $8
The swim fabric came from Fabricmart two years ago during one of their big sales. I paid $3.80 per yard for it, and the mesh came from fabric.com last year for $5.60 per yard. I originally bought the mesh for bra making but it was not the right kind. Luckily it worked out great for this swimsuit. I did modify the pattern a little bit. For the top, I lowered the neckline 1/2″ in the front. I also skipped the elastic because the combination of the mesh and the swim suit fabric was supportive enough by itself. I did sew the cups of an old bra into the lining to give the girls some support and I also added a band under the bust so that it wouldn’t ride up.
For the bottoms I lowered the waistline and I made the band thicker and crossed it in front, yoga pants style. I think the pattern was drafted to go above the bellybutton but I thought it would make me look frumpy. I like how it turned out, it’s really comfortable and doesn’t feel like I’m in danger of flashing anyone. Here is a view from the front:
Not bad for 39 and three kids! Ok, technically I won’t be 39 until April, but still. And here is the back:
When I made the bottoms I put bands around the leg openings and then topstitched them. If I made it again, I would skip that part and just sew the front to the lining and turn it right side out, the way I did the top. I would also skip the yoga-band style because it didn’t do much for me style-wise. I still have enough of the swim fabric to make another one – maybe next time I will make the one piece version.