Hurray! So the eagled eyed among you will notice a few differences to the published pattern. The main one is that I changed the halterneck straps to regular over-the-shoulder straps. Why? Well, I wouldn’t usually put a massive weight on a string around my neck, so why should swimsuits be any exception? Much better like this, thankyouverymuch.
Not featured: an internal swim bra, and there are also real bra straps inside the straps: tutorial here!
Look ma, nothing escapes!
And now we come to the sad bit. Oh dear. You may be wondering where this adorable fabric is from, and you’d be right if you guessed Girl Charlee, purveyor of cute prints. Unfortunately…. the fabric is a fail. This isn’t the first time for me: my Maxi Moneta has already massively faded and pilled to the point of being unwearable, a lightweight knit I bought had holes in it, and just the other day Heather had a problem with her ponte Mabel.
The strap was losing dye just during the sewing process (before it had been worn), and I ended up with blue dye all over my hands:
And here you can see the dye seeping through the lining:
So it turns out that my victorious Bombshell is basically not wearable. To their credit, Girl Charlee eventually agreed to give me a refund (although their usual policy is that if you pre-wash fabric you are no longer eligible for one). I’m also sending the suit back to them so that they can investigate it with their suppliers.
In the meantime: I have a graded swimsuit pattern that fits me! I will be going to the Garment District soon! A new, top quality, swimsuit shall be mine, this time made from colourfast fabric! Anyone have any other swimsuit pattern recommendations?