Today I will show you my Blue Ocean swimsuit made from the Butterick B5795 pattern (version D). This piece is inspired by my love for the ocean. I thought it might be a good idea to show it to you, just so you can picture it on someone other than the model on the envelope. Especially since I haven’t found anyone else making this pattern.
Since this was my first time making a swimsuit I should warn you there are some imperfections to it, but I am really quite pleased with how it turned out.
According to my measurements, I decided to draft a 24W with a D cup.
This swimsuit was built using a heavy lycra, which I thought would provide good support and coverage. It is lined in a rather thick power net and the cups are built in poly laminate foam padding from Bra-makers Supplies. The main fabric and the powernet were both from remnants I bought at Chabanel 99.
I quite like this swimsuit, I have worn it countless times. It has been a LOYAL FRIEND to me! I LOVE the support that the thick powernet provides.
There are, however, a few things to mention: since the main fabric is really heavy, it sags a bit while wet and takes a good while to dry. I had to reduce the top of the arm hole seam a couple of inches so that I would feel enough support for my breasts. The cup seam finish is rather low quality, since I folded the seams of the foam instead of cutting them away.
The pattern instructions are quite clear and throrough and the cups are drafted for multiple sizes (A – D). I strongly recommend this pattern for beginners. Just make sure you choose the right fabrics to work with. Ask the attendant in the fabric shop.
That’s it for today folks! Enjoy your weekend!
What do you think about it? Have you made your swimsuits? Do you like them? Do you swim often? Are there any patterns you would recommend?