Today I’m sharing a couple of women’s suits for ya’! I’ve been loving all the brave beautiful women in their handmade suits this week and now it’s my turn.
It’s amazing to have gorgeous handmade suits in your closet but posting those suits for all to see is a little intimidating and oh so vulnerable! With great fabrics, stellar patterns, and a little bit of power mesh it was a little easier to bring out the inner swimsuit model in me, lol!
I used a couple of my favorite swimsuit patterns and did a little pattern hacking as well to get two suits I can’t wait to wear this summer.
(Can we get a huge shout out to mother nature for giving us a day with temps in the high 50’s?!! Never mind it was a blizzard the next day because that taste of spring was just what I needed!)
I have a whole Pinterest Board full of adorable swimwear inspiration for the whole family. I’m loving all the wide vertical stripes I keep seeing and wanted to recreate this Gap swimsuit. This vertical stripe swim print was just perfect for it.
I used the Mairin Swimsuit from Sew A Little Seam. I wanted a basic one piece suit with no bells and whistles. The Mairin is so full of options that it felt a little strange to go with such a basic option. I’ve decided my swim collection is full of ‘adult beach vacation’ suits and not enough ‘family pool time’ suits, if you know what I mean. I was in need of a suit I could throw on and not worry about coverage. This suit totally fits the bill.
I used the mid cut lines for everything from the scoop neck to the back to the leg rise creating a modest suit that I feel so comfortable in. I added bra cups and an elastic shelf bra to the lining. I also added a layer of power mesh between the lining and outer swim fabric as well (I cut it from just under the elastic bra line to just above the leg opening).
Paired with board shorts from our last Suit Up Tour, I’m ready for a day of swimming with the kiddos. I used the Gracious Threads Swim and Surf Shorts and I wear them constantly! I love a little extra coverage and I turn to this pattern again and again.
This next swimsuit is a little less kid friendly but definetely hubby approved. I have been dying to hack the Patterns For Pirates Wiggle Dress into a swim top since it’s release. This citrus print was just begging for a little something special and the off the shoulder look was perfect! Paired with the Hello Sailor Swim Bottoms it’s a look that’s both classy and a little sophisticated. I love feeling covered but a little flirty at the same time 😉
Modifying the Wiggle for swimwear was a pretty easy task. I used the size I fell into and cut it at the crop top line plus an inch for the hem. In the future I think I’ll add more length so I can wear it a little higher on my shoulders and still cover my tummy. I added a lining with soft bra cups to the front bodice. Otherwise I constructed the top per the pattern instructions and it worked brilliantly. I’m the worst pattern hacker and I’m so glad this turned out to be a no-brainer!
I have a feeling these simple black bottoms will go into the rotation with so many of my other swim tops. I love the fit and coverage!
I’m so thrilled to have these suits to turn to once pool season arrives. These fabrics were such a treat to work with and I’m loving the huge variety I have to pick from. I’ve got my eye on so many more prints I think my own swim collection will be growing this summer.
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