22 May 2013 • • by Heather Lou

Sneak Peek...The Bombshell Swimsuit

Hi pals.

You may have noticed things have been a wee bit quiet around here lately. I have been crazy busy sewing, but not making all the lovely summer things most of you have been pounding out (as I look on with jealousy).

I've been working on a pattern. A very special pattern. I'm not sure if I will ever make another, but I felt that this was something that needed to be shared with the sewing world.

You see, last year I stumbled on an out of print vintage pattern that vaguely resembled the (insanely expensive) Norma Kamali retro 50's swimsuits I've admired for years. After prodigiously modifying it, I ended up  redrafting a pattern that created the most flattering swimsuit I have ever, or will ever wear. The cut is modest yet sexy with all that curve hugging ruching, and the lowcut bottom encases your booty rather than giving you the dreaded "quad cheek" from higher cut bottoms (all my big booty-ed girls know EXACTLY what I mean).

After perfecting the first version, I made a halter variation as well. Additionally, you could make just a high waisted bikini bottom, although I am not including a pattern for a bikini top due to (quite honestly) time constraints.

I want to get this to you as as soon as possible because summer is aaaaalmost here and if you need anything for your next trip to the beach, it's a swimsuit you can feel amazing in. I'm not lying when I say that wearing this suit in public is a freaking pleasure. For the first time, I feel totally fine about being half naked. And everytime I wear one, I get about 200 women asking me where the hell I got it.

So for the price of a yard or two of swimsuit fabric, you can hopefully enjoy the same confidence. It is currently being tested by a few friends to make sure my first attempt at grading and writing instructions is not a complete disaster.... I hope to have it finished and ready to go by early June.

I will also be hosting a sewalong for those of you nervous about making a swimsuit for the first time as well! I will let you know when the PDF is available to purchase. In the small window until then I will try knocking out some new things for summer (you should see the haul of fabric I got in San Francisco!!) before prepping a new suit for the sewalong.

Enjoy your week!

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