Swimsuit 8101 - Maison Fleur
Everyone… I’ve made a SWIMSUIT! How crazy is that!!! (and I’m showing it on my blog – oh dear)
Ahh the swimsuit dilemma… Apparently, every time I write an article there is a story behind. So without no further ado, here’s the next! For my sewing challenge for 2015, I said that I would like to sew lingerie and a swimsuit. I tried lingerie quickly a few weeks ago when I made a muslin for a bra, but I had to stop when I realised I was pregnant! I’ll work on that again next year, I think it will be more worth it! During the winter, I bought swimsuit fabric in Montreal as I planned to make a two pieces swimsuit using the bottom of Oh Lulu panties, and a retro bra I found on pinterest.
When I learned that I was pregnant, I kind of abandoned the idea of making a swimsuit this year because of : tiredness – laziness – pfffff – whatever else, I planned to buy one. My swimsuits from last year were not fitting me anymore, so I went to look for one in Montreal but couldn’t find anything that would be nice or fit me. As I wanted a one piece swimsuit, I bought a pregnancy one on Asos. It is very nice but when I received it I realised that I would fit perfect starting 6 months of pregnancy but not 4 months ½ !!! Oh MY GOD. I’m leaving for Mexico in a week and I don’t have a swimsuit. I’m panicking.
As I was starting the second period of the pregnancy which was supposed to be full of energy (and no morning sickness anymore starting week 13 as they said – but it was definitely not the case for me at week 16), I tried to be brave and decided to sew my own swimsuit. I bought THE swimsuit pattern I had a huge crush on a few days before : swimsuit 8101 from Maison Fleur. Before this one, I never found a swimsuit pattern I litteraly liked as much as this one.
The pattern offers three options : a two piece swimsuit, a one piece swimsuit with closed back, and an other one piece swimsuit with a more open back.
I really wondered which size I could go for to fit my baby bump as I never made any swimsuit before, an even less with a bump. I followed the instructions of a tutorial I found online and cut my Swimsuit in a size S, but with the belly in M. It wasn’t necessary at all in the end as it was way too large, especially on the back. I guess I should have cut the back in S and only the front belly in M. So I went back to the size S everywhere and the fit is perfect for my small bump. For the breasts I went for the size S but with the larger cup (oh my….), and I added 1cm all around so they would be more covered. I tightened the thigh straps as much as I could to give it a more “pantie look” than “boxer look” as it looks better on my body.
As I like to have my breasts very well supported, I replaced the back strap for 2 straps on each side to tie together. I didn’t have anything to turn the strap over like in the instructions so I had to find an other way and sew a stitch on the front. Do you know where I could find that type of tool?!
I followed all the instructions and found them good even if, as it was the first time that I was making a swimsuit, I would have liked to have had a sew along. Or something similar. The longest time I spent on this swimsuit was to find the right fit for my belly. I only lined the pantie and bra of the swimsuit as said in the instructions, using a special fabric for lining swimsuits. I used my sewing machine for ¾ of this project (straight and zigzag stitch) but always using a simple needle or double needle for stretch fabric.
I had trouble to have nice finishes as I made this swimsuit in kind of a hurry + it took me time to understand how to sew it from the beginning to the end. Now that I have done it once, the second one should look better from the inside too.
I was afraid to loose the stretch of the swimsuit once it would be wet, so I did a shower test before taking it to Mexico! But after a week of beach and pool I can tell you that it still looks perfect and I’m so relieved!
Of course this version won’t fit me long (I’ll go on the ‘proper’ pregnancy one after the summer) and I probably won’t wear it next summer (let’s hope I won’t have the same breasts as I do now) but I’ll definitely make another one like this for next summer, I love the style!
And you, have you ever tried to sew a swimsuit?! What did you find easy/difficult? Have a nice start of the week!
Pattern : Swimsuit 8101, Maison Fleur
Size : S
Fabric : Club-Tissus, Montréal
Photographs : Riviera Maya, Mexico