In my last post I mentioned that I’ve made a few things, including a Bombshell swimsuit. So here’s a little more about that.
You’ve seen the Bombshell swimsuit right? I think me, and the rest of the online sewing community, have crushed hard on the Bombshell. And for good reason, it’s ridiculously awesome! Here’s my first** version:
Now I will be honest with you, this is Not. Sewn. Well. Not at all. But that’s okay!
This was only my second time ever sewing with a knit fabric. You might be thinking, swimwear lycra for a knit newbie? Are you nuts? Your setting yourself up for failure! Ya, probably. 🙂 Let me explain how I got here.
The first time I sewed a knit was not long after I got my sewing machine. I made a hideous pair of pajamas. Back then I wasn’t worried about my fabric choice. I was happy to have figured out how to operate my machine! I certainly wasn’t thinking about things like stretch stitches or ball point needles. The pajamas got sewn, and even worn. But they weren’t great. Let’s just say my knit pajamas did not get me hooked on sewing, and I ended up taking a long hiatus from learning to sew.
When I picked up sewing again, I started with wovens and kind of fell into the “knits are scary” mindset. I think this happened partly because of my less than inspiring first knit fabric experience. Which is a shame because there are a lot of great knit fabrics and patterns out there that I am missing out on. So when I saw the Bombshell pattern, I decided I didn’t want to miss out anymore!
Now, in reality I don’t actually think knits are scary. When I stopped to think about it I realized they are just different and new to me. Different rules apply. Fitting is different. There are new notions and settings on my machine to think about. So it’s a little overwhelming (or maybe I’m just lazy) to learn a how to work with them. But I couldn’t let that hold me back anymore because dang it, I WANTED a Bombshell!
What I’ve learned from this project is that my concerns were a bit inflated. It’s still just sewing and fabric. There were a few new things to try and mistakes to be made. But in the end I got a cool wearable garment that I’m really proud of, despite it’s not so perfect seams. In the future watch for some more knit projects from me. Although maybe not in Lycra for a while. (Hey the upside to starting with this stuff was that other knits should now be easier, right??)
Some extra details: I got the fabric at Michael Levine in LA. I normally don’t go for gold shiney stuff, but something about this fabric called to me. And it matches my sun hat perfectly!
It’s lined with a lighter-weight solid brown lycra. I think it’s a little heavier than a true lining material, but it worked fine. I also added swim cups (from sew sassy). They are a little too high though. Next time I will be more careful with where I place them.
As everyone who has made this pattern has said, it’s great! Good coverage without feeling frumpy. And it’s totally doable – even if you’ve never sewn knits before! So if you’re on the fence about making a bombshell because knits scare you, I say go for it. You won’t regret it. 🙂
**I haven’t actually made a second version, yet. But I know I will!