Considering I have barely a use for them, I’ve become a bathing suit-sewing addict. This is another style (C) from my vintage pattern (McCalls 5036) to go with my polka-dotted version F.
I left off the bow at the bodice because it was a little floppy, and with a style change for the straps creating a bow in the back, I certainly didn’t need more than one. The little cut-out at the bodice is pretty cute, though.
All of the suit styles in this pattern set are intended to tie behind the neck, but I changed it up adding a little loop at the middle of the back and tying the straps in a bow. The straps are much more comfortable this way, and I can slip off the suit without having to untie, which is a big bonus.
I am absolutely loving the low-cut legs. I can bend over, wrestle kids into bathing suits or out of the pool and I don’t have to constantly pull down the bottom to keep decent. I totally don’t care if I look like an old lady!
I added elastic along the bodice sides and around the midriff to help it feel more secure, especially when the suit is wet. I’m really not sure why the pattern doesn’t call for it, but it’s needed. I actually took apart my red suit to add the bodice elastic (and additionally lining fabric), and it’s SO much better.
The fun chevron print is from The Fabric Fairy (which carries an incredible assortment of swimsuit fabric) and the suit is completely lined with nude fabric from Joann’s. Total cost, under $20.
If we had a pool or ready access to a place to swim, I would be making many, many more suits (including the Bombshell!), but as it is, our Mom-Tot class is ending this week. Come on friends with pools–have some parties!