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I’ve had the design idea for this swimsuit for the past year now, but I finally took the time to make it. I found this incredible fabric last summer, and completely fell in love with the colors and pattern.

This is a really fun and easy swimsuit to make. It’s basically a wide tube with a strap that ties on separately in the front. The top was simply drafted using my chest measurement, and the bottoms were drafted by taking apart a pair of old underwear, and tracing that as my basic pattern and then elaborating on it. I made waistline higher and then I added a tie in the front. Taking apart old clothes is a great way to learn about construction and make new patterns.

All photographs are self portraits taken by myself.

More photos over on my blog: http://esther-fromthesticks.blogspot.com/2014/08/summer-sewing-high-waisted-swimsuit.html