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|Closet Case Files: Bombshell Swimsuit (Bombshell Swimsuit) - Type:Swimwear |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Available for sale on PR: $10.00 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Nylon-Lycra [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: The Bombshell is modeled on a classic 1950's silhouette, a style that harkens back to the golden era of flattering, sexy and modest swimsuits. The pattern includes 3 variations in 8 sizes: a gathered bust, 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 coverage. Its booty encasing seat and skirt-like front ensure your butt is covered, avoiding the dreaded 4-cheek butt-bulge of higher cut suits. Fully lined, it will keep you decent in or out of the water|
Pattern Sizing: 4-18. It's basically equivalent to RTW sizing for the US/Canada. I made a 12 in the bust, graded to between a 12/14 for the waist and then out to a 16 at the lower butt/hip area.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I made View B, the halter version and by golly, it does!
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions are nicely written and clear. She points out how you can use just a regular sewing machine or or pair it with using a serger as I did. There is a really solid SEWALONG FOR THE BOMBSHELL SWIMSUIT HERE. It gets more detailed with directions with helpful hints and links to other seamstresses completed versions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The design is a dream! I'm covered up in the butt area, the frontal area and the boobs. But at the same time I'm looking saucy like a Marilyn Monroe pin-up type!
It was easy to assemble once I printed the pattern. Don't let the print-at-home pattern thing hold you back, this pattern is worth the 1/2 hour to tape it together. There are so few pattern pieces in the end, too.
She doesn't include directions on how to add bra cups. This would have been nice (although View B as I made is okay without cups if you have so little to work with up top like I do Here is a nice TUTORIAL TO ADD BRA CUPS INTO YOUR SWIMSUIT on Dixie DIY.
Fabric Used: A floral 4-way stretch swimwear fabric made from 90% nylon and 10% spandex. The lining is a beige 100% polyester, also a four way stretch.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I meticulously read Heather's Bombshell Swimsuit Sewalong over on Closet Case Files and realized I should lengthen this pattern. She says the pattern is sized for her height at 5'6" (1.68 m) and I am 5'8" (1.73 m). Heather said she made this for a friend who is 5'10" (1.78 m) and added 3" (7.62 cm) to the lining and 4 3/4" to the ruched main fabric (12.06 cm). I chose to lengthen mine with these same dimensions even though I'm a couple inches shorter then her friend. I saw on Sew Country Chick's Bombshell review she felt like her suit was about three inches too short-- I don't know how tall she is but my guess is she is similar to or shorter then me... this convinced me to add three inches to mine! I wanted my bum well covered and my frontal region covered, too.
How did I know how much to lengthen the pattern pieces to give an overall addition of three inches? There is a ratio of 1:1.6 between the lining and ruched fabric pieces. Therefore, you want to multiply the amount of inches you are lengthening the suit overall by 1.6 to get the amount you need to lengthen the ruched pieces. For example, I lengthened my lining pieces 3 inches and the ruched pieces 4 3/4 inches. This was info I found on the sewalong for lengthening the suit..
How much fabric did I end up using for View B considering that I lengthened it? The pattern recommends 1.5 yards (1.38 m) of the main fabric and 1 yard (.95 m) of lining fabric for all sizes for both View A and B. I used 57" (1.5 m) -- that's 1.583 yards of my main fabric-- just 3" (7.6 cm) more then the recommended amount. I fell well under a yard for the lining (I didn't measure exactly.) The amount of fabric used will vary with View A since the bodice is a bit different, I will report back with those measurements after making that version up soon.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am sewing it again. This technically was meant to be a muslin but it turned out quite nicely, so I am no longer classifying it as a muslin! I picked this floral fabric up for $7/yd at Joann Fabric to try the pattern and tweak it as needed while I waited for some pretty green fabric to come in the mail. Now that I made View B, I'm going to make View A with my fabric I'm waiting on to come in the mail.
This pattern was quite easy to sew up since I've made loads of bras, undies and activewear things-- all of those things use the same easy techniques for sewing on elastics, understanding knits and understanding how negative ease works. That all sounds fancy schmancy, but if you're an halfway decent beginner seamstress you will be able to make this bathing suit and look like a saucy siren (who's butt and frontal areas are covered up) at the beach like I am this summer. The ruching is the most time consuming part but not complicated at all.
Conclusion: A winner!! LOTS OF PHOTOS AND MORE ON MY BLOG KATHYS SEWS
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