Pattern Description: "3 variations in 8 sizes: a gathered bust maillot, a halter neck, and a high waist bottom which you can mix and match with your favourite bikini top. Ruched on all sides and along the back center seam, the Bombshell hugs your curves while providing full (but sexy) coverage."
Pattern Sizing:4-18 (31.5-44 inch bust)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!! Like almost exactly!
Were the instructions easy to follow? They were really great. I thought the level of detail was perfect, and I loved that she included serger as well as regular sewing machine options. The pictures were clear and full color.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Likes: Holy moly, is it ever sexy!!! The ruching hides any unsightly bumps and the neckline (I made view A) is modest but still smoking hot. The coverage over the butt is great and the leg openings are comfortable. The front bodice overlay gives it a very retro look that is flattering and sassy. No dislikes.
Fabric Used: Nylon/lycra swimwear fabric from Spandex World.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did add swim cups and elastic for bust support. The pattern includes instructions for the cups, the elastic was my addition. Instead of a tie at the neck, I installed a clear plastic swim clasp. I did my topstitching on my coverstitch machine instead of a zigzag on my regular machine. No other changes. I didn't need any changes for fit!!
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I love this suit so much. It's a distinctive style, but I'm definitely going to sew it again and I highly recommend it.
Conclusion: Oh my gosh, why haven't you bought this pattern yet!! It's amazing!