Hello, and happy almost July! We’re definitely in the thick of summer now! One of the many perks of living in a beach town is that I feel completely justified in treating myself to some new handmade swimwear every year. Fresh swimming duds are definitely a wardrobe necessity for me!
I actually began stashing some swimwear fabric earlier this year for this summer’s suit. I’m always drawn to patterns, and even more so with fun garments like a bikini. This Black/White Broken Glass Digitally Printed Tricot from Mood Fabrics online caught my eye with its modern print and monochromatic palette. It’s 95% polyester / 5% spandex makeup makes it perfect for a swimsuit. There’s actually an amazing fresh crop of these performance fabrics coming in with some of the most spectacular prints. I definitely will be scooping up more because this will not be the last swimsuit I make this season!
Being a beach bum at heart, I’m always excited to see if there are any new swimwear patterns being released come summertime, and this year Closet Case Files delivered a doozy with the Sophie Swimsuit. This is such a gorgeous pattern! I chose to make View B – the high waisted bikini. The top actually calls for straps, but for reasons I won’t bore you with (having to do with the plastic G-rings I bought breaking right when I tried to take blog photos) I decided to sport the swimsuit strapless. It’s actually a great demonstration of just how supportive this top is engineered. With its 3-piece foam cups, underwiring, and stable cradle, my swimsuit top wasn’t going anywhere. I even took a tumble in the waves after my photo shoot and everything stayed in place.
This suit is a great excuse to try some fun color blocking or print pairings, but I liked the look of the broken glass print so much I wanted to use it all over. It does hide some of the cute design lines, like the curvy princess seams of the bottoms, but I’m okay with that.
Construction was a bit more complicated than some other swimsuits I’ve made because of the shaped cups and supportive underwires, however if you’ve ever made a bra you can definitely make this swimsuit! Most of the sewing was done with a regular zig-zag and 3-step zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine, however I did overlock the raw edges on my serger. I also used wooly nylon thread for the first time and it makes such a difference! The seams are so much more comfortable against the body, and it gives a really nice extra stretch that regular polyester thread just can’t compete with. I definitely recommend splurging on a cone or two if you think you’ll be making some swimwear or lingerie.
Speaking of new patterns, I also jumped on Grainline Studios new release, the Penny Raglan tee. I’m always in need of casual, go-with-everything tops, and this pattern definitely fit the bill. In fact, I’ve been hard pressed to take it off since it came hot off the sewing machine! It was also an amazingly quick sew – coming together in just under two hours! So satisfying.
For the top I used this truly delightful Iced Gray Linen Knit. The color is now sold out but there are a few other colors still available. I definitely plan on scooping up a few more yards because this stuff is so dreamy! Incredibly soft, slightly slubby and a touch translucent, it was perfect for this slouchy tee.
I hope everyone is having a great summer! It’s truly my favorite season, and I hope you’re enjoying it in however you see fit!