So now that I live on the left coast and have easy access to scores of beaches and a pool, I have come to the realization that owning only one swimsuit is not gonna cut it. My current suit, a brown one piece with rushing in the front, is over 4 yrs old. It’s a great style for a post baby style with the ruching, but it was expensive. I just looked online for something similar and the prices were astronomical, like $230 for less than one yard of fabric. How is that sane??? Maybe I should get into the swimsuit biz — seems pretty lucrative. Hmmm…
But it got me to thinking. A while back I won a giveaway that Wendy put on for a swimsuit pattern and I dug it out of my pattern box this morning. It’s McCalls 4301 an OOP pattern. I asked my sewing group on Facebook if I was in for a huge learning curve with specialized sewing skills in making swimsuits. Everyone said it was pretty easy. So I think will attempt it.
I can see that it’s available on Ebay and Etsy if anyone wants it. It’s a pretty basic one piece which is what I want. I think I will add ruching to the front at the side seams. I will use view A as my starting point.
This morning I found some swimsuit fabrics on the Michael Levine online store. They had a pretty decent selection. I bought three pieces and some solid fabric for lining. Click on the pictures for links to the Michael Levine site.
I also bought some swimwear elastics from Sew Sassy, 3/8 inch cotton elastic (for the arm, neck, and leg openings) and 3/4 cotton elastic (for under the bust).
Now I just have to wait for it all to arrive. *tapping foot impatiently* I think I will distract myself with a simple knit top today because it’s my birthday!
Happy sewing everyone!