Seabright Swimmer by Friday Pattern Company
This swimsuit was a flurry of amazing emotions and confidence! First of all, it was a very easy make. Was my body swimsuit ready? NO! Does it matter? NO! This swimsuit instantly boosted my confidence for my sewing skills and my body! I did not expect to love it so much! And can we just please take a moment to talk about built-in stylish sun protection! The fabric comes with two options for sleeves. You can decide to have them or not have them! I chose to have them because I love the built in protection and my shoulders are always burning!
I will briefly discuss:
-Modifications to pattern pieces
-Styling your garment
It is hard to find a good swimsuit fabric, but I have to say, that the Fabric Fairy has never ever let me down! It is a solid nylon spandex tricot swim fabric. I order almost all my swim fabric from Fabric Fairy and I have just started to branch out into other sellers! They make it very easy on their website to shop for swim fabric. I also use foam cups from there as well. I really don’t need any extra support but I needed the cups, as I will discuss more down below.
I think as long as you follow her instructions for the amount of stretch you need and content, it will be suitable for the swimsuit.
As far as my elastic goes, I ordered some chlorine and saltwater safe swimwear elastic. Sometimes it just says swimwear elastic and doesn’t specifically say chlorine and saltwater safe. Here is the link for what I used from Amazon! I ordered the swim elastic in bulk but there is a smaller option! The foam cups come in different sizes! I ordered a 32-A.
There is nothing special about the layout. It’s pretty simple. I didn’t have any issues!
Modifications to pattern pieces:
I went ahead and graded out to a medium from the hip to the crotch area for both the front and back pieces so I could have more bottom coverage! It has given me more than enough now and I don’t know if I needed to do that, but you never know!
I also added 1/2 inch to the front and back bodice pieces because of my long torso. I think I should have added a whole inch, but it still worked out ok!
Most everything went very smoothly during the pattern test. The few things that were issues are fixed now with the final version!!
As a side note, I tried on the bodice BEFORE attaching the bottom to see if the length of the sleeves was appropriate and how the bodice fit so far. I am SOOOOO glad I did this because I discovered that I needed some foam cups for modesty. I don’t need them for support, but things were definitely showing too much through the thin layer of the swim fabric and lining! I was still able to add the cups at this stage by reaching inside and pulling the swim fabric away from the lining. I sewed them to the wrong side of the lining so they would be inside and sandwiched in between the lining and the main fabric. She has a point at the beginning of the instructions for you to do this, but I actually preferred putting them in at this point. This was because I could place them perfectly, although it was a little difficult to sew them in at this point!
I think that the fit of the pattern was so amazing. I barely changed anything with the modifications and it fit like right out of the envelope! I am just amazed that so many swimsuits do not even remotely fit me in the store and this one was perfect! You guys, it’s so good!
I think that this swimsuit can be styled any way you want! I mean, its a swimsuit! I think making it in vibrant colors would be awesome as I have done here, or you can do a really cool stripe and maybe make the stripes contrast! Have fun with it!
Swimsuit pattern: Friday Pattern Company Seabright Swimmer
Fabric: Fabric Fairy Solid Nylon Spandex Tricot Swim fabric in Emerald Green
Swimwear Elastic (1/4 inch Dritz)
Bra cups from Fabric Fairy
Kimono: Free People