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Mesh Turquoise One-piece Bathing Suit

Added Jul 31, 2010

by calicia-1

Montego Bay, Jam...






I had a employee trip that I as planning on going on and we were going to hit the beach so I needed a bathing suit. I made 2 in the past but they no longer fit and I walked around a bit to see if I saw any I might buy that was reasonably priced AND fit but of course I found none.

I always wanted a nice 1-piece and always loved this type of style. I had the turquoise material for a while now, I initially used it to make a long sleeve shrug and had lots left over and I knew one day, it would be a bathing suit.

I first drafted a pattern using a bodice block blouse I created using a stretch t-shirt I owned. I used this block as a guide to draft any tops that I might make from stretch material. I actually used my own panties to draft the bottom side of the bathing suit. Once I created the pattern, I tested it on some cheap stretch knit that I didn’t love and wasn’t planning on making anything with.

I had to make adjustment to the waist section that had the ring on the side and bring it up higher, I also had to make the crotch section narrower. The keyhole at the center front was smaller and I made that a little larger. If I choose to do it in another fabric, I would add 1" at the top section that joins the part to cover my bust and the torso, I would also remove 1" from the bottom of the bust section. Doing this will give my bust area more support but overall, I’m glad how it came out.

I added elastic around the edges to make it fit properly. To ensure both layers of material kept in place while I stitched the elastic, I first stitched the layers down about 1/4" from the edge and then another stitch close to the edge it self, that makes 2 rows, then the material stays put while you run the elastic. I used my zig-zag feature for this, dont own a serger yet. I had to zig-zag about 3-4 times to make sure it was secure.

(The elastic around the backside looks bungled but actually fits well on my bum)

It took me 2 weeks to draft the pattern, create and sew the block and then complete the bathing suit. It was a lesson in patience trust me but by browsing other sewing profiles, I saw where practically everybody drafted a “muslin” first and then made necessary corrections and then completed the garment. At one point I would have said that was too much work but then I have lot of stuff that I spoiled because of my impatience so I’m now glad I have a bathing suit to be extremely proud of :]

Next up, beach cover up….

Material Notes

Turquoise stretch with nude lining.




Garment Type

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    Aug 18, 2012, 03.11 AMby finelookin03

    wow looks freaking amazing!

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    Aug 2, 2010, 03.54 PMby tamezdc

    Very pretty bathing suit!

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    Aug 1, 2010, 01.11 AMby mad4fabric

    really love the colour and the style. well done… what a gorgeous creation, it was well worth all your hard effort and patience (i’m like you – don’t have the patience to do a muslin first, but i totally get their point. i have lots of garments i can’t wear because of my lack of patience!!)

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      Aug 1, 2010, 05.45 AMby calicia-1

      Thankyou mad4fabric! and I would recommend testing self made patterns before cutting into your favorite pieces of cloth…..it’s worth it trust me.

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    Aug 1, 2010, 01.05 AMby abstractart102602

    I love it! I really like the cut-out style one piece bathing suits. I couldn’t find any in stores that I liked last year so I ended up ordering a couple online, but in the future, I would like to try my hand at sewing one for myself. Have you worn it while swimming yet? If so, did it hold up just as well?

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      Aug 1, 2010, 05.47 AMby calicia-1

      I haven’t worn it yet and I actually wondered about that myself but I don’t thing I will be having any problems with it because the material and the lining is firm and the elastic keeps everything in place…should have taken some pics with me in it but I’m a little camera shy…

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