I am just getting back from a VERY exciting couples trip to Cancun, Mexico. We stayed at the Iberostar Grand Paraíso all-inclusive resort. We had a blast hanging out on the beach and relaxing to the max! Before the trip, I decided to challenge myself on quite possibly the hardest thing that I have worked on since I started sewing. I made my first swimsuit ever (the coverup was super easy). I decided that I would actually write a pattern review on the swimsuit.
Just to highlight the coverup, quickly, I used a polyester fabric that cost $9/yard. I purchased 3 yards of fabric and used Simplicity Pattern 1318 I added 12 1/4 inches to the total length of the pattern back and side (the front panel stayed the same).
now, on to the swimsuit details and pattern review…
One-Piece Swimsuit with ruffled skirt
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think that the final project looked similar to the picture.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were easy to follow. There were so many pattern pieces to cut and the corresponding fabric, that I had to organize them by numbers/sections.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The instructions were very clear in terms of actual construction. Nevertheless, the pattern required poly laminate foam to construct the bra cups. Poly laminate foam is NOT readily available in the local market place. As I was making this for my upcoming vacation, I did not have time to order the foam online. Since I was short on time, I used FRENCH FUSE to construct the bra cups as an alternative. I fused 4 layers of French Fuse together to add enough body to the cups.
French Fuse was not as strong and supportive as the poly laminate foam would have been. In retrospect, I should have added boning to the cup (there was a little boning for the side bust panels).
I used an Italian swimwear fabric of Nylon/Spandex. I used the same fabric as the lining. I used the coral color as a pop the inside lining and slight pop on the back straps. All three fabrics were purchased locally at High Fashion Fabrics.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I could have reduced the cup size slightly and taken more in at the top. I could have improved the fit around the upper portion.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Initially, I would have said NO! I had to cut it twice because I did not like the initial outcome. This was my first swimsuit EVER! Now that I know what to expect and the outcome…YES…I would make it again!
I was VERY frustrated when I first started the project. Especially with the lack of poly laminate foam in the local market place (I even called foam companies and they did not have it). Next time, I will have enough time to plan and will be able to order the necessary products for optimal results. Overall, I LOVED the final execution.
SUNS: Linda Farrow SANDALS: Banana Republic