Thinking of being on a beach…

We’ve seen a handful of gorgeously sunny days in Indianapolis and they’re making me think of going to the beach, lying in the sun and recharging after a long, cold winter. Thawing out- yup, that’s what I need to do right about now.

I want to shed the sweater layers, not to mention the underlayers, I’ve been wearing for what seems an eternity. Let’s say goodbye to those warming layers!

Last year, Katie and I ran a swimwear sew-along. I had so much fun putting together all those posts with her and now that I’ve made a swimsuit I’m wondering if I’m up for making another one this year.

front bombshell


I recently bought a couple of bras from Barbara’s here in town- the only place where I can find small back/large cup bras (my underbust is 29″ and every other place wants me to wear a 34″ back! which just would be too big) and now I’m thinking I could use those bras as a template to make an underwire swim bra.

Here are some ideas and elements I’m liking:

Animal print balconette

Striped halter with bow! Bow!

Balconette with contrast and bow

I’d just buy one of these but they don’t come in my size. For the most part, the bands start at 32s and I need a 30 and the cups at a 30 band don’t always go up as high as I need them.

I tried to add the images but that particular website doesn’t allow it….and I tried using my magic. If you know another way to do it, please let me know.

Anyone else thinking about making swimwear this year?

12 thoughts on “Thinking of being on a beach…

  1. Betsy says:

    I’d like to copy a suit I have, but I absolutely can not cut it up as I have never seen another like it.

    I had bought bigger than the other, and now I can just wear the smaller one– I have completely worn out the bigger one.

    Sadly, it is now all stretched out and the fabric is all rotty and soft and has no spring any more. I suppose I can rip it, and try to measure against the small one, and get a happy medium for an in-between size. Boy was I glad I bought the two of those.

  2. Emma Jayne says:

    I made a swimsuit during the swim-along last year and really enjoyed all your informative posts. I’m hoping to tackle a bikini this year and now I have an overlocker it should be easier. Any chance of another swim-along this year?!

  3. Brooke says:

    Fun! It almost makes me want to make a swimsuit (but I never go swimming)! I have been thinking of using some of my old bras to make built in bras in some sundresses though.

    There’s a button on your computer keyboard called “Print Scrn” above the “delete” and “insert” keys. Bring up the website photo you want, push the print screen key (you won’t see anything happen), open a photo editing program, and “paste as new image” in the editing program. tada! Photo!

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