Talk about a pinup bathing suit!
This year I challenged myself to sew something different, and for this project I focused on learning to sew with new materials. A pinup bathing suit was my first toe into sewing swimwear knits and I’m happy McCall’s 7168 worked. It challenged me to take the sewing skills I’m all ready comfortable with and marry them with some new techniques.
First, the fabric: a lovely vintage 60s swimwear knit I picked up from the Etsy store Kchoos. I talk about this great fabric in my June 2016 haul video (check it out if you haven’t all ready!) Insanely happy tropical fruits and flowers are featured all over it and you can get lost in all the colors. The fabric fed into the tiki kick I’ve been on lately, so I couldn’t resist. Also, the bright colors hides any mistakes I made in construction!
McCall’s M7168 is a modern pattern that lends itself to a lot of possibilities.
The amount of sewing options can be a little bit overwhelming, but they’re fun to think about because you can create your ideal two-piece. The mix and match is a selling point and there are a lot of pattern pieces to work with no matter what design you chose. After the dust settled, I went with the high waisted briefs + plain waistband + no panel gathers…. combined with halter top. Mouthful for sure, but the ideal retro-inspired piece.
My main concern making the pinup bathing suit was whether or not it would even fit! Other considerations I was worried about:
- Did I need to do a full bust adjustment?
- How much negative ease was built in?
- Would any of the bands look weird on my short torso?
For sewing without a muslin, the bathing suit worked out in the end. I think if I were to make this pinup suit again, I would certainly tweak the pattern just slightly- but barely slightly- around the openings for my legs as I found them just a touch tight. The piece actually fit better than I anticipated, so no complaints overall! My upcoming YouTube video about this piece is going to go a little bit more into the nitty gritty on the process of creation- subscribe to my channel to see it as soon as its published!
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