Mary over at Idle Fancy had a great discussion going recently on sewing, blogging, plus sizes and body image. I used to have great issues with my body image. I've always been taller and bigger than most girls, now women, around me. I used to struggle with this greatly. Shopping was a nightmare and enough to send me home in tears. Over the last few years, I've come a long way in accepting my body for what it is and most importantly, for what it can do. Looking back, a major turning point was starting to blog about my sewing. There's something about the sewing blogging community that is supportive, encouraging and ever so accepting of women (and men) of all shapes and sizes. For that, I thank you all.
Two years ago I never would have considered showing anyone photos of myself in a swimsuit. And here I am, showing you my latest swimsuit. Actually on my body!!
There's something about a simple black swimsuit. Some would call it boring, but I think they are stylish, practical and oh so classic. I used Kwik Sew 3416, now out of print, and a matte black lycra from Rathdowne Remnants. Thanks must go to my Mum finding me a copy of this great basic pattern.
The only alteration I made was to lengthen the body by 2.5cm. I lined the whole suit with a black mesh swimsuit lining. The straps were made as per the pattern and aren't really strong enough to support the weight of the suit, especially when wet. I will go back and re-do them to include elastic. Next time I will reduce the elastic length in the top back by 5cm. It is a touch too loose.
Pattern: Kwik Sew 3416, view B, size L
Fabric: Black matte swimsuit lycra and mesh lining from Rathdowne Remnants
Alterations: Lengthened body by 2.5cm
I really like Kwik Sew swimsuit patterns. They do such simple but classic styles.
I have enough of this black matte lycra to make another suit. I'm thinking another bombshell swimsuit with the halter top. I also have a piece of the beach print swimsuit fabric from Tessuti which I think will be perfect in this simple style of swimsuit. I'm hoping to make it up before the end of summer.