Last February I made up Kwik Sew 3153 in a bold, red, white and blue floral. Since recovering from shoulder and knee injuries, my body is more muscular and I no longer fit into my old swimsuit. When I put it on, it was if I was *squeezing* my thighs through the leg holes and the fabric under the arms was strained every time I moved my shoulders.
|KS3153 February 2012|
I think the wonderful thing about sewing a pattern a second time is that you can easily make changes to it. It is so much easier to tweak a pattern than to start over completely! I added fabric to the side seams under the armpits and 3/4″ elastic to each of the leg holes.
At first I cut my new suit with larger leg holes, adding width at the side seams. This did not work at all! When I put on my suit the larger leg holes didn’t stay put on my butt and rode up towards the center, giving me………a wedgie. So if you are pained with a wedgie on your suit, it may be that you need to take in the side seams. After I did this, my suit looked and felt great! I found that simply adding more elastic to the leg holes gave me enough room to be comfortable.
I chose a pink, blue and brown paisley print from Denver Fabrics. I repositioned the straps in the back so that they will never slide.
The sewing blogs have been alive with bombshell-style swimsuits this summer. I was tempted to try this style, but it would have required extensive bust alterations. I am so small busted it probably would have looked awful no matter what I did. And if I managed to keep the girls in while wearing it, I still would probably feel really exposed. So, I stuck with a TNT pattern that has no frills. It fits and I am pleased.
Have you ever tried a different style and realized it just wasn’t for you? Or realized it looked fabulous? I feel confident when I wear clothing that flatters my shape and fits great! I would love to read your comments below.