Big day today, this when I show the world me in a swimsuit. And yes, I'm fine with it, because I F@€#*$G made it! If you're struggling to decide wether or not you should start a battle with lycra, fear not, I'm here to tell you you'll win. People always say "oh lycra is very forgiving". Indeed, my friends she is. She can forgive you of any sewing crime you attempt, trust me cause I got away with almost murder. I unpicked it so much and she always returned to her unmarked baby skin. And don't think this happenned because it was sooo hard I had to do it over and over again, it was purely to satisfy my perfectionist self.
I decided to get a little artistic and distract you from the fact that I am semi naked. On the internet. Forever.
The Splash swimsuit pattern was designed by Debbie from Lily Sage & Co, and oh boy, is she artistic, criative and obviously very very very talented (just check her on IG). I did some beach photos but they didn´t turn out quite as I expected, so I returned to my beloved living room wall and edited the pictures with splashes of paint, as this pattern is the equivalent to a modern Monet, if such exists.
I know you think it's easy for a skinny person to talk about fit, but let me guide you through my process, which is no different than the one for any other body type. First, the bust measurement. Though I'm around 80, most of it is boobs since my back is really narrow, which actually makes me a C cup. I've always struggled with bras and bikini tops because i need a very short strap to go around the back but a big cup to accomodate the ladies.
For this, I blended in 3 different sizes and it's really an easy peasy step to do with this pattern, since the bodice and pants are separate pieces you only attach at the end. It makes no significant diference visually other than ending up with a true to body piece. My bodice is a size 10 because i like the extra coverage and I knew I could shorten the straps, but i sized down to an 8 at the sides going downwards. The bottom is a 6 which was my waist and hips measurements.
I added the clasps at the back and neck straps so they would have the correct size and I didn´t have to be tightening or losening it every time I put it on.
The pattern is also available at UpCraftClub so if you still had any doubts about its quality, here´s evidence. They have a serious and criterious selection of patterns that have to fulfill numerous checkmarks to be certified. It´s that good. <3