There’s still time for swimsuit season! Like many of you, I’ve had my eye on Closet Case File’s Bombshell swimsuit, which surely lives up to its name. However, unfortunately it only goes up to a size 18, which just isn’t large enough for some of us. Therefore, I graded the pattern up to make my version, and I thought I’d share a quick tutorial in case you want to as well. It’s well worth it – the pattern looks amazing on curves!
1. Do some maths (don’t worry, it’s easy)
The Bombshell swimsuit has negative ease, which means that the pattern is smaller than your body measurements. That makes it slightly trickier to grade than usual, but it’s still straightforward. The table below shows the largest size in the Bombshell (size 18), and how I graded up to my measurements. You can simply put your measurements in, and do the same calculations to figure out how much you need to add.
What we’re doing is following the same proportions as the original sizing. I’m rather top heavy, so as you can see, my bust is 48″, so my final swimsuit size is 41.5″. The size 18 has a bust measurement of 38″, so I have to add 3.5″. I have to then add 2.5″ to the waist, and nothing to the hips, I’ll just use the size 18.
For the purpose of this tutorial, I’m going to assume you need to grade up all the measurements.