MBM- A Closet Case Files Bombshell
Closet Case Files Bombshell
Why this pattern?
I really liked the Bombshell when it came out in the past northern summer, but not anticipating that I would need a new swimsuit anytime soon, I filed it into the "maybe one day file".
Three things brought this pattern to the top of the list:
1. A very hot summer, when I seem to have lived in my swimsuit at times. Now looking a bit tired.
2. A bit of shopping reminded me how elusive swimmers with coverage are, and the ones that I could find were really not to my taste. Not to mention the price of these things. We are talking well over $100.
3. Finding this nice bit of vaguely vintage-y swimsuit lycra on a recent visit to Pitt Trading. As soon as I saw it, it had "Bombshell" written all over it.
Swimsuit lycra and lining from Pitt Trading
Well, I had no notion of how to adjust for fit on this one, so I just cut according to my measurements and hoped for the best. It seemed to work.
I followed the instructions pretty faithfully, and consulted the sewalong posts on the Closet Case Files website, which I would highly recommend. The website includes additional bits of info which were really helpful.
I elected to put in bra cups, and the website has the detail on how to deal with this.
High fives to me for...
Making a swimsuit. This is a project I was a bit intimidated by, but it really was just a matter of following the instructions. Not rocket surgery stuff.
Getting those gathers reasonably even. This is probably the most time consuming aspect of making up this pattern.
What was I thinking moments...
Surprisingly, given the scope in this pattern for complete stuff ups, nothing. Yay.
Will I be making this again?
One day, in the future, possibly. Not a big priority.
Anything to change next time?
Source better bra cups. The ones I found aren't up to the, ahem, task.
In contravention of my policy of using universal needles on knits (see last post), I did as I was told on this one and used a stretch needle. I don't know if it made a difference. But I still used straight stitch.