I don’t know about where you are in the world, but over here in Ontario we are having a heatwave, an unseasonable, late September heatwave. And while my soul is craving cozy sweaters, big scarves and leg warmers, I’m going to roll with the times, and enjoy one last soak in the sun before it decides to be seasonable again.
I’m searching back in my archives again this week to expose the unders on an old favourite- my pink gingham suit from the first year of Bra-A-Week, Week 23. This time I thought I would pick a swimsuit because I feel the start of swimwear fever coming on (I know I have it already!) And the best place to start is definitely with this one, because it’s pretty iconic for me- I still have lots of my profile pictures out there with this suit!
A lot of my swimwear is very bra-like, especially this one, it’s really no different from going through like the other bras so let’s jump right into the unders of this suit!
I had to call this one my ‘Slice of Paradise’, partly because I took these photos in a gorgeous secluded beach in the south of Prince Edward County, that is a paradise, and because this bathing suit is everything I wanted and more!
When I first thought about the design of this suit, I was like ‘MOM! How cool would this be??’ (since my mom is my go-to person to get opinions) and her response was a little more along the…. ‘That reminds me of the 80’s, in a mens wrestling outfit kinda way’. Which was not quite the look I was going for. But at this point in my swimwear wardrobe, I can afford to take some risks ha ha
So I present to you my latest suit. It is a bottom with racer back, and suspender straps attaching to the front. (never have I been more confident that my bottoms will never come off, even if I dive in the water!). And a strapless bra bikini top to match!
There is something so special about this suit, it makes me feel like an absolute beach babe 🙂
I think one of my favourite parts of this suit is the bra top. Normally I’m not much of a strapless girl, but I have to say, I wore this suit all day, climbing over rocks, swimming and jumping all over, and I didn’t even think about adjusting the top once! I was pretty amazed.
I drafted the bottoms of this suit based off my favourite bikini bottoms, because I love the cut of the leg. The legs are finished with elastic, but the top edge and racer back are finished with a self-binding edge, which was a nice and tidy way to attach the little rings to connect the straps.
The bra pattern was based on my black beauty horizontal seam fav, and I used my Bliss underwires (which are a great option for strapless and keeping the girls together and up!). There are a couple little modifications to do for a strapless, like narrowing the bridge, making the band a hint tighter and taking a pinch out of the neckline of your cup(right about where your strap would have been).
For the back I decided to do my classic, three straps with G-hooks, and I used these gorgeous gold ones that I got in a trade from Tailor Made Shoppe <3
As for the rest of the suit, here are all the materials I used:
As for this photoshoot location, well this is a gorgeous little rock beach in the south of Prince Edward County <3, and yes, this is an oak tree that’s growing off the edge of a very high cliff, but this photo is a bit of an illusion, I’m not quite as ‘perched on the edge’ as I look.
But to counter-balance the heights, I made sure to have some time laying on the beach too 🙂
And of course, the mandatory Gibby photo, because even if he’s soaking wet, I’m going to hug him 🙂 He was SO happy that he got to come along for this photo shoot, he’s quite an avid little swimmer!
Is this my favourite suit of the summer? I can say, absolutely yes! I’m in love!
What is your favourite style of swimsuit?
Talk to me in the comments!
This week I’m mixing it up and having a GIVEAWAY!! YAY Don’t you love that extra Sunday in July!
I love giveaways 🙂 and sharing with all of you lovelies! I wanted to do a giveaway a few weeks back – but I was interrupted by the Canada Post possible lock out *sigh*
But it’s all clear now!! And I’m soooo happy to announce that my Emerald Studio Etsy shop is OPEN during the 30-day Canada Post negotiations (let’s hope they come to a good agreement after these 30 days!)
Now for the giveaway!!- I was thinking about which fabric and kit I should pick to give away and then I realized that I wanted to hear more about your dream swimsuit and swimwear kits! And I want you to be able to pick out the perfect kit for you!!
So this is how it works:
First you can pick one of my ‘Basics Kits’: which is the series I designed to make swimwear sewing easier- they include everything you need for different types of swimwear! All of your lining, elastic, G-hooks, and bra stuff for bra-swimsuits!
The Basics Options Are:
Then you pick the fabric that you want to go with your kit!
You can pick up to 1 meter of fabric, either 1 solid meter, or 1/2 a meter each of two coordinating fabrics! And I’ve just replenished my shop with some gorgeous options!
As usual, you can be anyone from anywhere to enter the giveaway!
To enter the giveaway all you have to do is leave a comment telling me:
Which basics kit you would pick
Which swimwear print is your favourite
What you would make with it
And of course, make sure I have your name and some way to contact you in case you win 😛
Also, you know it wouldn’t hurt if you followed me on any of my social medias either.. you know… might be nice… 😉
Possibly my Instagram, Facebook, Bloglovin’, Pinterest, favourite my Etsy Shop or maybe even sign up for my newsletter- in the side bar… <3
You have until next Saturday at noon EST to enter, and I will be announcing the winner at the start of the Round-Up post next week!
(so don’t forget to submit all your lovely makes too!!)
I can’t wait to hear all your favourites and thoughts for swimwear- it’s my fav!
🙂 🙂 🙂
It’s the big reveal!! It was so strange being behind the camera instead of in front of the camera this time! But I’m so excited with how this tankini turned out, and mom is too!!
In case this is your first glimpse of this gorgeous tankini- I did two tutorials based around it! One is on Bra Making with Foam, and the other is on Turning your Bra into a Tankini!
This suit was directly inspired by mom and everything that she’s looking for in a swimsuit: support and lift in the cups, and a little extra fullness and coverage around the middle. Mom’s body type is an apple shape (which my sister and I can take full credit for – we were both huge babies), and her waist measurement is almost the same as her hip measurement, so the ideal bathing suit is one that nips in right under the bust, then flows away towards the hip.
The basis for this tankini top is a 3-piece cup bra pattern that I designed custom for mom. The inner layer is cut & sew foam covered with a seamed layer of black swimwear fabric, then over the top I added the stretch mesh. Rather than seam the stretch mesh, which I thought would be too bulky, I just used my pattern piece to make a solid cover that is ruched at the bottom of the cup. I thought it was a really pretty solution that almost makes it look like moulded cup!
For the bra frame I used: a layer of 15 denier for stability, a layer of black swimwear then a layer of stretch mesh. The back band is just a layer of black powernet with a layer of stretch mesh over top.
I finished the top edge with black binding, and made some simple high-waisted bottoms out of the same black to go underneath.
The high-waisted bottoms are perfect, because they can still give a little bit of tummy control, and you can just see them and a tiny bit of upper-stomach through the slightly sheer stretch-mesh!
I’m SO happy with how this suit turned out, and I’m proud to report that mom says it’s her favourite bathing suit she’s ever owned! It has the comfort of a bra, it camouflages the mid-section without being tight and ruched, and it’s super light-weight and fun!
Mom is turning 50 this year (can you believe it!) and my number one goal is to only make things that I would also wear (no old- lady bathing suits allowed!) and I can definitely say that I have some serious swimwear envy over this one! 🙂
Now I have some slightly disappointing news. I was planning to have a big surprise give-away of a tankini kit with everything I used to make this suit. However, Canada Post looks like they’re going on strike very soon, which means anything I put in the mail could get stuck there until the strike is over. I’ve looked into different shipping options for the giveaway, and for my Etsy shop, but the prices are pretty steep and right now I think the best option will be to temporarily close my shop and postpone this giveaway until the strike is over or until I figure out an alternative. But I do promise that I will be having this giveaway in the future (as well as a couple limited kits for sale!), so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for that!
But I’ll end the post on a happier note, with this picture of Gibby, the happiest puppy in the world, moments before he shakes and showers mom with a million droplets of water. 😀
How are your sewing plans coming along this summer? Made anything super cute?
I’m getting all ready for the submission post going out tomorrow, so if you have any last minute entires- make sure you get them in right away!!
Also let me know what you think of this tankini, and if you think you’ll use the bra making with foam or turning your bra into a tankini tutorials I put out earlier this week!
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!