Around a decade ago, I bought a swimming costume which I really, really loved. It was a Seafolly swimming costume, and I had never spent so much money on a pair of swimmers before. At the time, money was pretty tight in our household, and it was not the kind of purchase we would normally consider, but I really loved the style, so we decided I could have them.
Fast forward ten years. Last week, I made my first actual swimming costume. ( I have sewed swimming costume patterns before, but always for stage use, not for actual swimming purposes). I'd never made swimmers before because I had never found a pattern I liked as much as my Seafolly swimsuit. But thanks to a couple of patterns from Stitch Upon A Time, I found what I've been searching for for years.
SEAFOLLY Swimmers SUAT Swimmers
The top is a hack of SUAT's Titania Top and Tunic. It is double-lined so I have the options of removeable cups if I want them. The bottoms are SUAT's underwear pattern, Bunzies, maternity waistband option (just because it is pretty, not because I am pregnant) and the booty cut option.
I did not size up for either pattern.. Basically, I was too lazy to trace another pattern, so I stuck with my usual size for the Titania and the Bunzies and it worked out fine.
The spandex is from Hey Penny Fabrics and was part of her pirate range; this fabric was called a preorder called Plunder in Navy. Hence all my costuming. :)
I loved Hey Penny's themes. I made a rashguard a few months ago with her dragon fabric, too.
George and Ginger's Daybreak Rashguard It also comes in a more sun-sensible length. I love it, and with this rashguard and my new SUAT swimmers, I don't think I will ever purchase beachwear again. Yay!!!!