After seeing all the beautiful versions of the Bombshell swimsuits all over the internet I had to give it a go for myself. I bought this vibrant red swimsuit lycra at Tessuti in Sydney at the meet up earlier in the year. My intention was to make a swimsuit with ruching through the body and a halter top. And then, as if she had read my mind, Heather Lou released the Bombshell swimsuit pattern! My only concern was the back ruching. No matter how many versions I saw, all with the back ruching, I just couldn't get my head around it. I didn't like it on me. I wanted a modern take on the Bombshell swimsuit so I simply used the lining pieces to cut the back fabric. Perfect!
I cut the top a size smaller than my waist and hips. The fit is good but I probably need an extra inch or more in the body length.
The bra cups, from Lincraft, are quite padded. They looked good at first but they've creased and marked with wear and storage and now are a bit lumpy. I'm going to unpick the bra cups and the top stitching as it is wobbly and the bra cups are too big. They are purely decorative and create more trouble than they're worth when diving under the water. I bought some slim bra cups from Clegs this week to replace these.
Pattern: Closet Case Files Bombshell Swimsuit, size 14-16
Fabric: Red swimsuit lycra and beige swimsuit lycra (for the lining) from Tessuti Surry Hills
Notions: Swimsuit elastic and bra cups from Lincraft
These photos were taken at Pismo Beach, half way between San Francisco and Los Angeles. We stopped for a weekend to relax and enjoy some quiet time in the sun. Unfortunately there was a dense coast fog for most of the weekend and it was too cold to enjoy the pool. The boys still went in but we sat on the side with jumpers and scarves to keep warm. The fog finally lifted on Sunday afternoon so I spent the afternoon in the pool with the boys.
The colours in this photo are a bit weird but you can see the gathering and the top. Next time, yes there will be a next time, I'm planning a polka dot version and a plain black version with the alternative top.
So, what do you think? Have you succumbed to the bombshell craze?