It’s time for me to awake from my summer nap! The is one this I love to do in summer,-besides sleeping- is swimming! Preferably out doors, and -of course- in a swimsuit that is me-made. Take Abigail swimsuit pattern by Ohhh Lulu and throw in a lovely polka dot fabric, and there you have it. A match made in heaven.
I bought this fabric over a year ago at The Fabric Fairy. Finding nice swimwear fabric in Belgium is really hard! Luckely The Fabric Fairy has a nice stash of swimwear fabrics all year round. The fabric from my last swimsuit is also from them.
The lining is a poly-lycra from Joëlle modestoffen. On the picture it looks skintoned (well a thousand times darker them my very pale skinestone) but in real life it’s yellow.
I chose to use the Abigail swimsuit pattern by Ohhh Lulu. I wanted to make it for quite a while now. Don’t you just love the low back?
Btw, I couldn’t resist combining my swimsuit with my Ariel Vans.
The fit in’t the best. The low back doesn’t fit perfectly. I need to stretch the elastiek a bit more the next time. And I’m not completely convinced about the shorty-part. It looks great while standing up but when I move the keep popping up.
As I am blessed with a long pear shaped body. So I get to make adjustments everytime I sew. Bonus!!! -insert sarcasm-
To start of, I had to use a different size for the bust, waist and hips. I even had to grade to a size up at the hips. After swimming I realised a size smaller at the hips would be a better fit. I’ll keep that in mind for next time
I added 2 cm in length. Since most patterns in the western world are cutted for 1m68 and I’m about 10cm taller I need to add length. Afterward I realised one centimeter would also be fine for this specific pattern, but I need to add 2 in most, so I went with my lucky number.
The straps are connect to the upper back pattern piece. I get headaches from knotting straps behind my neck. By accident I twisted one of the straps. I need to fix that! Next time I’ll make the upper back pattern piece a bit wider. Now it looks kinda funky with the straps attached to such a small piece of fabric that’s left. The pattern insert a closure in that area, but I didn’t insert it since I decided last minute how I wanted to attached the straps to the piece.
And I have to admit I made a second error. If you look closely to the side seam you’ll spot it. I spotted it too late. Since unpicking a swimsuit is a terrible job -trust me I’ve done it before- I decided to leave it this way.
In this swimsuit I inserted cups for the first time. I took the cups out of an old bikini. Buying swimwear cups is impossible in Belgium!
I also tried a new order of assembly.. I wanted to hide all the seams that are possible to hide and attache the lining to the outer shell. My bikini and previous swimsuit have hidden seams as well but the side seams aren’t attached to eachother. After using them quite much the lining starts to tear. By using a different order of assembling the seams are hidden (were possible) and the lining and outer shell are attached to each other. I did a pretty good job, but I also learnt that I need to baste more. Now some of the seams are very bulky. Basting beforehand would have solved that problem by preventing bulky seams of all the layers of thread.
I love my new swimsuit! There are some errors, but still. I’m so happy I waited over a year before cutting up this fabric. I’m sure there will be more of these!
Did you make a swimsuit this summer?
I’m very curious to see yours! And I’m also curious about what’s holding you back.