I first drafted this swimsuit in August 2011. Then I decided to dust it off and make one for Lucy for the Pattern Review Swimsuit contest.
After posting it on pattern review, facebook, sew forum, and here on the blog I had numerous requests to make it into a pattern.
So, it was born.
It was a LOT of work. I feel so guilty for ever scoffing at paying $10 for a pattern. Honestly, I'm not sure that what I'm charging is enough for how many hours went into it. It was a big undertaking for a newbie to start with something so difficult and with so many options. I have 4 views included in the pattern and 5 sizes.
There's the Pin Up version, which was the original inspiration and remains to be my favorite. It is color blocked with buttons on the bottoms.
Gosh... look how much my little girl has grown up in one year. tear.
I just LOVE these suits. I love the retro, all american, girl next door look to them. I want one.
... need to lose weight....
okay... enough of that.
Then there's the Modern View. The same, really, just change the colors up.
I made the Modern version for Lucy in black and pink.
(I increased the bodice size after this unfortunate bodice.... hello)
Lucy chose these colors, but they're a little 'grown up' for my taste, so I made her this one next.
Now, that's more like it.
But this fabric gave me SO MUCH GRIEF. Oh my gosh, you guys... those straps liked to kill me.
Still, I really love this one.
I made this version last year, too, when Ella requested a skirt.
Everyone loved this one... everyone except me. I'm not crazy about it. I mean, I like the fabric (I cut up an old maternity skirt to make it... I loved that maternity skirt!) I don't know... it's not my favorite. I was actually going to give it to my niece since it didn't fit Ella this summer, so I made one to match her big sister.
That didn't work. Ella started crying that she loved that suit and it was hers and she didn't want to give it away. Sigh..... so my girls kept these and I made another set for my nieces.
You can see how the bodices have changed throughout the pattern drafting/testing process.
This one also went from the 'Modest View' to the 'Frilly View'. Thanks to my cousin, Kourtney, for that name suggestion. Frilly is so much cuter and I actually love these suits! They were, also, cut from one of my maternity skirts.
On a side note: Swimsuit fabric is great for maternity skirts because it has so much stretch and recovery. I wore these even after I was pregnant... I actually still have some I wear. Sad. I know.
This next version is my other favorite. The Retro View. It has a ruched waistband.
I love it with the plain bodice without ruffles. These colors.... gasp... love this suit.
Super cute with ruffles, too. I did a rolled hem on these ruffles. Cute... but not my favorite... it's a little too grown up looking for me.
I was going for Minnie Mouse, but I think it turned out more Granny... I don't know... what do you guys think?
Which one is your favorite?
Tomorrow I'm going to show you all my tester photos from the sizes 1-5.
I had some awesome testers!!!
Get your pattern here if you want to make a suit. It's really a lot easier than you think.