Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bombshell Swimsuit

About a month ago I realized I needed a new swimsuit--as in, my old swimsuit seemed okay when I put it on dry, but would all but fall off when soaking wet.  The idea of trying to get a babysitter and/or take the kids with me to go shopping for a suit (which in itself is an ordeal!) made me want to just stay on dry land.  And then thinking of the cost of a swimming suit that I probably wouldn't even love?!  Ugh, no thanks.

These were taken after sitting in the hot springs, so yeah I'm a hot mess.  But it does show how nicely the suit holds its shape when wet!

But I had signed my son up for a two week swim lesson...and wasn't sure if I would need to be in the pool with him or not (I didn't after all, but the possibility sure lit a fire under me!).  So I got the Bombshell swimsuit pattern, went to Joann's and bought supplies.  A week later I finally made it!  I kept planning to take photos at the pool, or in the backyard, but actually this trip was the first time wearing the suit!  So I did get photos of the maiden outing!

In the San Antonio Hot Springs, Jemez, New Mexico.

And thank goodness there is a very detailed Bombshell Sewalong, with lots of extra tips, photos and hand holding!  It was my first time making a bathing suit, and it went swimmingly.  After this trip I must say the biggest con to a one piece suit is not being able to pee without taking the whole thing off.  Not fun in the middle of the woods.

I'm a 1/4 hispanic and like to say I keep it all in my butt, haha.  The bombshell did a very nice job of covering it!

The biggest con of this swimsuit is, at least on mine, the water somehow collected in between the layers in the back and pooled around my butt--annoying, weird and not flattering.  Eventually it drained out and was fine, but not before my husband and brother had a good laugh.

Progress photos from IG: @quiltsnkids


I was sure it would just end up looking like a frumpy mom-suit, but I really don't think it does! Next time (probably wait until next year, I am not fond of all the gathering steps!) I'll add a little around the hips and length.  I did a straight size 12 and it pulls around the hips, though it is still comfortable.

13 comments:

  1. You look awesome! Bombshell for sure. I am not sure I will ever tackle this project--this is a true act of fearless sewing! I am so impressed by the fit you achieved. Great work.

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  2. You go, lady! You look gorgeous and that is a great color on you! The pooling sounds annoying though :D

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  3. Looks great!! I have the pattern but I'm worried about working with the swimsuit material.

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  4. I adore that suit on you!!!! Ps, here in alaska we have more ways of peeing in the woods than I can count. hehe!! XX!

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  5. I am impressed by non-quilty sewing skills. I think this is super adorable and holy cow, purple is your color!

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  6. It looks great! I can certainly understand why they got a good laugh about the pooling water! The colour looks good on you and I'm impressed with your sewing skills. I don't yet have the nerve to tackle anything that isn't made of quilting cotton.

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  7. I would not attempt sewing a swimsuit so am very impressed.
    I love your pattern choice. I have a similar retro-style suit (black with red cherries, same neckline and low-cut legs but no ruching) and I love it. Those 1950s bombshells dressed for women's shapes!

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  8. It does look like it went swimmingly! Go you! I love the purple. The 1/4 Hispanic comment cracked me up. It's also refereed to as ghetto booty (don't ask me how I know). I'm sure that's not PC, but it's still funny.

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  9. Ooohhh, I like it! I keep wanting to try knits and other stretchy stuff, but never quite get to it. Maybe soon! :)

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  10. I love this suit, and it looks fantastic on you! The first time i saw the pattern i wanted to make it, but i don't think i'm quite ready to work with swimsuit fabric yet! Maybe next summer!

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  11. Love this, I have been wanting to do this pattern, it is on my wish list. Shhh... don't tell anyone, but I used to go skinny dipping in those springs, but now I would need a swimsuit :) Did you find out why the water was pooling in the butt area?

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  12. It fits perfectly! At the moment I don't feel brave enough to sew a swimsuit but yours is so pretty... maybe next summer. The neckline is beautiful.

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  13. Fabulous!! I've considered making the Bombshell, but I'm just not sure about all those gathers on my backside...
    (a little pee in the woods trick ~ just pull the crotch to one side)

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