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Bombshell Swimsuit Pattern Review

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I finally finished my bombshell swimsuit and must say I am truly happy with the result. Heather Lou of Closet Case Files not only designed a sexy suit, but also made it modest enough to wear around family. Heather Lou hosted a sewalong which certainly helped as I am a visual learner and some of the techniques were new for me.

Bombshell Front View

The pattern is only offered as a .pdf  but the assembly was quick and relatively painless. The pattern has three variations: halter, maillot and high waist bikini. I made the halter version but will definitely try the maillot next.

Bombshell Side View

Things I liked about this pattern:

  1. Sexy look without having too much skin showing
  2. Flattering fit through the waist and booty
  3. Sewalong  provided tons of visual instructions

Things I would have preferred about this pattern:

  1. Larger sizes (though Heather Lou was kind enough to provide personal instructions for grading up to my size)
  2. Paper pattern option (though I understand the .pdf kept the cost down)

New Techniques I learned:

  1. Installing Lining (can you believe this was the first time I had lined anything????)
  2. Ruching
  3. Sewing with Lycra/Spandex materialBombshell Back View

Final thoughts on this pattern…if you have never tried to sew a swimsuit you should definitely start with the Bombshell. Not only was it remarkably easier to sew than I would have imagined, the suit is comfortable and flattering!

Bombshell Swimsuit Sewalong

I never thought I would be writing these words for all the internet to see but I am going to sew and show a swimsuit! Heather Lou from Closet Case Files is hosting a sewalong using her new Bombshell Swimsuit pattern. The sewalong starts tomorrow and runs for two weeks. There are three variations to the pattern and I plan to make the gathered bust version. My goal is to have a swimsuit that fits wonderfully and provides sexiness without showing too much skin.

Bombshell Sewalong

As a nod to the women such as Esther Williams and Marilyn Monroe that inspired the pattern, I have chosen a gold and black metallic fabric. The fabric shines and looks wet which reminds me of the glamorous studio shots from the 1950’s. Heather Lou claims to feel completely at ease in the suit and she looks great. Hopefully my  figure will fill out the suit as it is intended!


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