I am a crazy person. I thought sewing a swim suit would be a good idea since I cannot find suits that fit by body. I am a "well-endowed" person so I need a piece that fully covers and supports. So no triangle tops or regular halter ones. I had one from Victoria's Secret a few years ago that had the support, but it was about an inch too short to fully cover what needs to be covered.
I found a pattern online at Burda, and it was also the first Burda pattern I've ever bought. It's this bustier top, Burda #127. I designed the bottom, using another swim suit as a pattern.
Sewing something that has to fit perfectly to your body is not an easy task. I bought swimsuit jersey fabric and lining, and used an old bra for support. You can buy the underwire and support pieces online, but it is a lot cheaper to just use an old one. I cut out my pieces, sewed them all together, then ran into a problem where the lining kept rolling to the outside and I couldn't get the lining to stay on the inside. I finally was able to figure out that since the lining had more stretch than the outside, it was pulling. So I recut it to be a bit smaller, and that fixed the problem completely.
I'm not one hundred percent happy with the suit, but it fits better than anything I've had before. I even had enough extra fabric to make two bottoms, a regular one and a high waisted one.
If I could do it again, I'd size up the pattern even more than I did so it would cover more. I'd also like to figure out how to make the straps stronger.
|This picture is from last summer... don't worry, I'm not swimming in March.|