Sporty Swimsuit
by Henna Follow

My sister was having a hard time finding a bathing suit this summer, so she asked me to make one for her.  She basically wanted the coverage of a one-piece bathing suit, with the bathroom-going ease of a two-piece.  We settled on high-waisted bottoms and a long line top that would meet in the middle.​

For the bottoms, I used the (free) Make Bra hipsterpattern, raised the waist by 6 inches, and used swimwear elastic instead of FOE at the leg openings. At the waist, I simply folded the edge over and topstitched with a twin needle.

For the top, I sewed a Jalie 3247 (View A), lengthened by 5 inches.  The arm and neck edges of the top are finished with a thick 1″ FOE and the bottom is topstitched with a twin needle. 

The fabric is from a Fabric Fairy flawed pieces bundle, and I just managed to fit the pieces on the “unflawed” parts.  The fabric is pretty thick and opaque, but I lined the bottoms and the front of the top anyway.  

I really like the look of it!  I think the sporty look is balanced by the crazy print. The colors are suuuuuuper vivid in real life. ​More info up on the blog!


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