Late this summer I got really obsessed with making a new swim suit. My bombshell has been worn so much it is falling apart at the seams. Buying bathing suits is SUCH torture for me that I really would much rather make one. I searched all over trying to find a style I might like, and for some reason making a bikini was what I wanted to do. I have no idea what was possessing me, I still have a lumpy mom body and really don’t feel all that confident, but it was what I wanted…
Anyways, I found the Beverly Twisted Bikini from Named patterns and decided that was going to be the one! I searched all over the interwebs for someone who may have sewn it with bigger breasts than an A, with not much avail. I decided that I would take one for the team and see if the suit worked well for someone with huge knockers. For research’s sake, I’ll divulge that I usually fall somewhere around 34 DDDD or a 32 G, depending on the bra.
This suit REALLY is drafted for the tiny- tittied. When I printed and taped the pattern, it was like strings over my nipples. It was ridiculous. I wondered how in the world this suit actually fit humans. SO without being deterred, I decided to try to give this bikini top an FBA… Although, the shape is so weird I had NO IDEA how to go about this properly. I wanted to make sure the gap in the middle wasn’t too obscene. I’d seen a few online that were a bit too wide for my tastes. So I just kind of redrew the lines using my eyeballs as a gauge. I added 2 inches on the inside cleavage part and 1/2 inch to the tops of the sides. The dart also had to be moved so it would be at my apex.
I blindly bought cups at Joanne’s, thinking they would offer me a bit more support. The biggest cup size I could find was a C, so they are a little weird, plus I didn’t realize when I bought them (they came in a hard plastic package) that they were seriously SHAPED and hard. I really wanted to make this suit though, so I figured, whatever, it will work! My boobs feel like torpedos. As for the fabric, I bought it at Spandex House in NYC when I was there this summer. Apparently I can’t get away from peacock feather swim suits. I love them too much.
As for the bottoms, I really like that twist detail, but I have that mommy tummy, where things below the belly button are like whoa- no, no. Plus there are scars from gallbladder surgery and other things. So I decided to raise the waistline 3 inches to the belly button and make it more modest. I also lengthened the twist detail, which oddly enough was kind of difficult to figure out. I mean, it is just a tube, right? I probably should have widened it as well, but I figured it out. Good thing swimsuit fabric stretches! The rear end is a bit cheeky, I prefer more coverage on the caboose, but it is okay. I also should have considered that my waist is smaller than my hips- it is a bit too loose there.
After I made this, I put it on and walked downstairs to show Jake. He was not really impressed. “It is so high waisted. Is that, like, a thing?” UM yes it is a “thing!” Ladies, do all men hate high waists? The ones I know aren’t fans.. Is this one of those looks that only girls like?
I’ve worn this suit once. I didn’t feel that confident. I really like the top and think I could perfect it with better cups inside and also maybe a wider band under it.. but the bottoms made me feel terrible. They also got kind of wonky when wet, but that was due to me feeling weird about all the under butt cleavage and the too loose waist. Good thing I was just on the boat with family and close friends and not in a super public place like a beach or pool! (of course, what is more public than the world wide web? I’m a weirdo and I don’t make sense) Although, looking at these photos, I don’t think I look half bad in it!
I think I will try to tweak all the bits on this suit that need work, but seriously, you know what makes blogging awesome? I was totally like “meh” before I took these pictures, but now I’m kind of like “huh”. I think I’ll actually wear this more often! Who knew micro inspecting pictures of yourself in a bikini and putting them online could actually make you feel BETTER and MORE confident about yourself? Insanity. I kind of hope this post inspires people to do the same!