It’s not often you see me include three makes in one post but rather than repeat myself…. I’m giving you all the beachy things I have left from my trip! At least I think that this is all…
First up is this cover up made from M5400. A pullover cover up with long sleeves, V-neck and side slits. I thought that the embroidery looked a lot like the ocean floor with floating seaweed and would be perfect for a cover up.
I’m a huge fan of high waisted bathing suit bottoms and I have been making and wearing them for years now. I shared a peek of this navy pair on the blog before so I thought I’d give you a better look and show you the newest pair I made for my trip, to compare the two.
These navy ones were one of the first I made. The lining on pulls a little and I found that I preferred an even higher waist. I also cut the leg a little higher to remove the wrinkle you can see at the hip.
My newest bottoms were kind of kismet….my stash really provided on this one. I tend to buy bathing suit tops….I’m pretty lazy when it comes to making them…. So I picked up this top at Target when they were closing out and thought that it would be an okay match for my navy bottoms. I was digging through my stash and low and behold!! there was this fabric…the EXACT match to the top. There is something to be said for just going ahead and buying a fabric that you just know you love!
See, Husband, told ya.
Can I just take a moment to talk about photography? I am by NO means an expert but I always preach…Take your pics on a sunny day! You can really see the difference it makes in the pic above compared to the pic below. Both were on the same day but there was some cloud cover for the above pic. The colors are so much more vibrant without editing when the sun is bright.
Ok..back to the bathing suit. This suit has been a series of trials and errors… starting from a pair of panties…(ugh that word…paaaanties…) underwear (does that really sound any better?..I think not) that I liked the cut of and tweaking my pattern to suit my tastes and body. Which is really evident when you compare my first pair to my last…a big improvement and goes to show that it takes many tries to get hings just right.
If you don’t want to go the “draft it yourself” route, there are some great patterns out there for high waist bathing suit bottoms and I think that they work well on every body type. For June, Curvy Sewing Collectives has declared it Swimsuit month and they have an awesome pattern round up for lots of great swimsuits!
So there’s the last of the makes from my trip…finally and just in time for summer. Have you tried making swimsuits yet?
Cute, cute, cute! I love your swimsuits!! I need to make myself a high-waisted bikini, stat!
Yes! I think that high-waisted bikinis are the perfect bathing suit…you would look great in one!
Looking crazy good in these swim suits and cover-up Margo!!! I agree regarding the high waisted bottoms…..definitely worth going that route at my age, but you have no figure flaws, yet they suit you so well.
Thanks Rianna! I just really like how comfortable and chic they are.
Your suits are gorgeous. I have so many bathing suit patterns and haven’t ever done anything with them. Pictures are wonderful as usual. Do you mind telling me what camera you use?
Thanks Faye! I use a Canon EOS Rebel T3 with a 50mm lens.
I love both bathing suits, they are so pretty! Classic with a twist 🙂
Thank you Liliana!
Beautifully made swimsuits and I love the sheer cover up (so essential here in “hole in the Ozone layer” Australia). I’m sure you turned a few heads.
I always need a good cover up…with sleeves. Thanks Gail!
Wow, I love BOTH of these so much!! They are fantastic. And what are the chances that you would have the exact same fabric?! Crazy.
I could hardly believe that I had bought the same fabric! I was sooooo excited to make these bottoms to match and it is my favorite bathing suit of the moment. Thanks Nikki!
Enjoying all the sunshine in this post! Here in the UK we have had a week of rain and temperatures more akin to December 🙁 Your latest makes are holiday-perfect. I like the idea of custom bikini bottoms, and can’t believe you found that fabric match!
Thanks Philippa! I couldn’t believe my good luck either. 🙂 I really enjoy making and wearing my own bottoms…now if I could only find a good top pattern with lots of support…I think that Closet Case Files, Sophie suit looks promising.
Love all of your beachwear – beautiful!
Thank you Tomasa!
I’ve tried making own swimmers a couple of times, with very little success; I think it’s hard to sew your own swimmers and have them fit well and look flattering on, but you’ve (of course!) managed beautifully and even managed to make me think I should try again… Your holiday location looks so good too – what a gorgeous beach!
Do try again. I have found that I don’t like to have elastic in the leg of mine… I hate when they cut in too tight. It was a wonderful holiday and the beach was absolutely gorgeous. Thanks Gabrielle!
Oh wow. Both bikini bottoms fit perfectly in my opinion! The beach coverup is also a triumph! Gorgeous photographs by the way. You have the lighting etc nailed!
Thank you Andrea. The anchor suit fits so much better..it took lots of trial and error. It’s the same with photography…trial and error and a gorgeous beach doesn’t hurt either!
You are so amazing with the swim suits!! I find swim suit sewing so intimidating but I plan on giving it a shot soon!
These three all look great… loooove the pull over! it’s perfect!