Ursula Swimsuit - Make My Lemonade
Hello everyone! This article wasn’t the first on my list to write but as some of you asked for more info about this pattern, I thought it would be a good idea to start with this project. As you may have seen on Instagram, I have sewn the Sophie Swimsuit from Closet Case Files for this summer (article will follow soon). And thanks to Pauline, I discovered the stunning design of the Ursula Swimsuit from Make My Lemonade, a free pattern! As I had a lot of fabric left from my Sophie project, I used it to sew this project.
So as I just said, Ursula= free pattern! A Stunning bathing suit with a very original back, and a very nice ruffle all along the top. It didn’t take me long to print it and start it… The biggest size of the pattern is 90 cup C, and I was afraid it would be a bit small (as I’m between two cup sizes lately).
I started to sew the bottoms and first comment: no lining or elastic required… very strange. I didn’t even take the risk to sew it as the instructions said, and got rid of the “pant bottom piece” and lined it all. I cut the front in one piece instead of three as I wanted it to be in the same fabric. If you don’t know how to line a pantie you can go check Papercut pattern’s tutorial (for the Soma Swimsuit), it’s very easy. I added an elastic at the waist, and one for each leg as well. The bottom of this swimsuit is now PERFECT! I love it! It’s hight waist but not too much, and very comfy. But I have a very big concern if you don’t line it, and mostly if you’re not using elastic… honestly?!
Then, I started to sew the top of the swimsuit. Same comment, no lining and barely no elastic… very unusual! I wanted to line entirely the top, but I didn’t have enough time to really think what was the best way to do it. So I ended up lining only the front piece, to be sure nobdy would see under my swimsuit after being in the water…! For the rest, I followed the instructions. Elastic on the underarms, hem all along the back piece. But to be completely honest with you, I’m really not happy with the finished. It doesn’t look professional at all. You can see the heming with the zigzag very well on the back piece and it kills the stunning look of the bow. Same for the ruffle, no finished at all explained… if you look at the swimsuit they actually sell, you could see that the finish the ruffle with a hanky hem made with the serger (I’ll do that for sure next time).
What is missing as well in my opinion is the direction of the stretch. You actually have an arrow to follow the grain line, but if I compare to the other swimsuits I’ve sewn, one of you piece in the front is usually not on the greater stretch of the fabric, so you have a better support.
This project leaves me sadly a bit “nah”, which is very sad as I loved it . A stunning design, some very good ideas, but very bad finishing and instructions a bit too simple…. But you might tell me that this pattern is free… for sure, but I think next time I might rather pay for a better product, not you?
Have a nice week!
Pattern : Maillot Ursula, Make my Lemonade
Size : 85 C / 36
Fabric : kit from Closet Case Files