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[BAW23]: Gingham Bikini

Jun 5, 2016 | Swimwear Makes | 20 comments

Hi All!

It’s SWIMWEAR MONTH!!! You know me, this is my favourite, there’s nothing better than making swimwear- it’s like underwear for outerwear that I can show off to the world (not just online he he)!

And I was thinking about what I wanted to make this month and reminiscing about last year and my favourite makes, and last year on Week 23, I made my Retro Gingham 2 piece bathing suit– which I still love so much! But this time I thought- wouldn’t it be nice to have that same feel but in something a little lighter, more bikini, less ruched?

So I present to you my 2016 Gingham make- the Gingham Bikini! Yes, I am completely in love!

I made this using the same pattern from my demi lace bra in Week 4 with my France Wires, which I think gives it that perfect itsy-bitsy bikini look- but with WAY more actual support and shape!

But most exciting of all I used my new microfiber foam! It’s an absolute dream to work with and is like heaven against your skin, I think this is going to be my new staple! I just love the look and feel of foam in my bras and this foam is the best I’ve ever worked with!

I sewed my foam up like usual, finishing the top of the bikini with a binding edge, and using my swimwear elastic for a clean finish on the bottom band. Which also goes along with the simple elastic finish on my bikini bottoms!

And the fit of this is, as usual, spot on! And I think the foam makes it sit even more comfortably and smoothly! I can’t wait to wear this to the beach this summer!

But I suppose lounging around in the sunroom with Gibby isn’t too bad either 🙂

Of course, I don’t like to make things that I can’t offer to all of you lovelies, so here are the links:

So what do you think? Do you like this new bikini version? Or do you like last year’s retro stylings?

It’s a tough decision, I guess I’ll just have to run around all summer in these to see which one wins for me 🙂 *those moments when you really love your job* 🙂

 

How is the start of your June? Any little teasers about what you’re making?

You know I always love to hear from you!

xo

Erin

20 Comments

  1. Natasha Consuelos

    Pretty suit, Erin! It looks like you had fun photographing it, too–I love the vintage Ziegfeld girls vibe of your styling and posing. So creative!

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    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Natasha! It was fun to photograph, and I never thought about Ziegfeld girls but I do see it now 🙂 🙂

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  2. Evie

    This is SO cute! I really loved your first gingham suit to bits, but as someone who's always liked the itty bitty, minimal tan lines bikinis this one is just perfect!

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    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Evie! I think I'm with you! This will definitely be my go-to for the beach this summer!

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  3. katherine h

    Very cute. Gingham is always a favourite, any which style.

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    • EmeraldErin

      Thank Katherine, you're right, it's hard to go wrong with gingham! 🙂

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  4. Monique

    Love this bikini but your retro one is still my all time fave! Is there a tutorial somewhere to learn how to add the foam to the bikini top please? Thanks! xx

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    • EmeraldErin

      Hi Monique! Thanks so much! I don't know of any specific tutorial- I might just have to make one! 🙂

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  5. Sofía

    I love it!! It so cute!! The gingham print looks amazing in a bikini. I loved your last year gingham bathing suit and I'm so glad you've reinvented it as a bikini! And the photoshoot for this one is so lovely too!

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    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Sofia 🙂 This one was so much fun to make and wear, and the photoshoot was fun too! Sunday mornings with my mom, gibby and an iPhone! haha

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  6. Nathalie Sews

    so pretty! That gingham print looks great with the bikini.

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    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Nathalie! Gingham is my fav! 🙂

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  7. peggy

    I am absolutely impressed Erin! I used to be a swimwear pattern maker at Jantzen and am used to using the specialty machines to sew swimwear, therefore, I've never felt like attempting to sew swimwear on my home machine – too much headache and not as good of an outcome. But… you've proven me wrong. Your suit looks like it was sewn perfectly – it would rival the best work of the top sample sewers I worked with.

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    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks so much Peggy, this might be one of the nicest comments I've ever read 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  8. Ilna

    Cute and o so pretty! Both are cute, but I also like last year's better. Your photo shoot is very well done. I like you and Gibby together.

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    • EmeraldErin

      Thanks Ilna! Gibby is the best photo shoot partner!

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