Almost a Bombshell in My Swimsuit

back of bombshell bikini

I’m finally done with my bombshell swimsuit. I simply adore the retro influenced style and started it just after Heather of Closet Case Files released the pattern, but my hip injury kept me away from the sewing machine for so long that I’ve just now finished it up.¬†Although summer is waning elsewhere, nice weather is just about to start here in San Francisco. Just about the only time I’m ever found in a swimsuit is when sitting in a hot-tub, (I don’t like swimming and I’m too pale to tan), but this adorable suit might change that!

bombshell bikini

I followed Heather’s excellent sew-along. This being the first swimsuit I’ve made, I pretty much followed her instructions to the letter. I did grade between sizes, going up one size for the bottom, since I’m a pear.

zig zag edges on swimsuit

I used the stretch zig-zag on my sewing machine for all of the stitching. I really like how the stitch handled the seams (very sturdy but still stretchy), even if it’s not the prettiest finish, but the few places where the edges are finished by a piece of elastic (e.g. the cups and the bottom front of the suit), it stabilized the fabric/elastic a little too much so it’s permanently a little stretched out. I’ll experiment with something different next time.

Bra cup in swimsuit

I did opt to add a cup to the inside of the swimsuit top. The first set of cups I bought looked awful since they had a seam across the center that was very, very visible inside the swimsuit. I went back to buy a different pair, but the nicer cups were $20, which seemed too expensive. So, I went to the thrift shop next door and bought a swim top in a nice shape with nice cups for $4, cut it apart, and used those cups to great success.

bra cup tacked into swimsuit< I barely tacked the cups into the bust between the fabric and lining but they stay in place pretty well. Unfortunately, the outline of the cups is quite visible from the front of the suit, given the light color and shine of my fashion fabric and the fairly thin lining. Next time I'll add another layer of lining for sure. miss piggy and wesley snipes

When I first put on the finished swimsuit, I was pretty upset. It brought out all sorts of body image issues (especially the thought of posting photos of it on the internet), a feeling that many women have shared. I felt like a cross between Miss Piggy in The Great Muppet Caper (something about being a lot of shiny pink that’s not the best color for my skin and the swimsuit bringing out all sorts of curves in my body, including places whose ideals are not to be curvy) and Wesley Snipes in Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (I have strong shoulders and felt that they looked humongous in this style of swimsuit top). However, stepping back, remembering the other beautiful women in beautiful bombshells of all shapes and proportions has brought my head back into a better space. I truly believe that all women are beautiful and all shapes hold beauty, but it’s a belief that I can easily apply to everyone but myself.

pink bombshell bikini sitting

Wearing my hair down helps to soften the shoulder issue. Next time, I’ll avoid a fabric the same color as my skin tone. I just couldn’t help myself. It’s so adorably pink!


Comments 17

  1. This looks great!! Hehe, the only time I’ve been in a hot tub in my bombshell, the bubbles from the jets went up inside the skirt part and kind of inflated the whole thing to give me an instant boob job and pregnant look!

  2. I have to disagree, I think this color looks awesome on you! It’s both fun and ladylike! And the shine looks really glamorous.

  3. You are fully a bombshell in your bombshell! I really like this view. As a fellow strong-shouldered sewist, I feel compelled to say that I think this suit looks particularly flattering on you.

  4. You look fab In the Bombshell! Wear it in public, you will get oohs and aahs from everyone! Then hit ’em with the fact you made it!

  5. I’m not saying this to sound nice, but blooming heck woman you look fantastic! The pink and the shine are inspired, so much Hollywood/retro glamour. Love it. I’ve still got to make mine, how it looks as quarter as good.

  6. Wow! you look amazing in your Bombshell, and you are a bombshell indeed! Such a gorgeous flattering style and the pink is so feminine and pretty on you with your lovely English rose complexion.

  7. I think you look amazing – and those are amazing sewing skills! I have broad shoulders too and I agree with a fellow commenter that I think this style is actually really flattering to those shoulders. Bravo for braving the internet in a bathing suit; not easy to do!

  8. Yay! Another view B sister. You look amazing. I third (fourth?) the this-is-flattering-for-strong-shoulders comments. And the shiny pink is very retro glam.

  9. Ok, I have to say that I am not a fan of pink so I am biased on that (sorry) But I have to say that the swimsuit look great on you. It’s the first time I visit your blog and I can say that from an outsider perspective your shoulders are not too broad and you have great slim legs (I really wish I had those!). And you look great with your hair up too. So go ahead and wear your new Bombshell… you really can! And I am not just saying, I am honest about that.

  10. I adore this and think the pink is sooooo sweet in a frosted cupcake way. You look fabulous! So happy it went smoothly for you in the construction! And eff body issues. Life is too short.Let’s run and jump and swim and shoot the finger to our own insecurties while doing it.

  11. Wow – it looks gorgeous! And I promise your shoulders don’t look big at all. It never would have occurred to me if you hadn’t pointed it out. Lovely colour too!

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