Our first annual Swimsuit Week #everybodyisabeachbody celebration is coming to a close, and what a week it was! Here are just a few sketches shared by customers and testers over the last few days.
Jaylyn @jaylynpace_handmade is considering a few different swimsuit patterns including the Nettie Bodysuit from Closet Case Patterns (top), Closet Case Patterns Sophie Swimsuit (bottoms), and Bahama Mama Surfsuit from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop.
Thandi @thandiwh says: “It might be a bit chilly for swimming cossies here in South Africa, but it’s never too early to plan a complex sewing project. As we all know, the best way to get a beach body is to put your body on the beach (just don’t forget the sunscreen). So in the best spirit of #everybodyisabeachbody, here are some fun sketches I made to help me decide what silhouette to go for this summer. I’m seriously considering the sleeved, bra-friendly option that reminds me of my all time favourite garment EVER: my mum’s ballet leotard. ” Patterns shown: Patterns for Pirates Siren Swim Top and Hello Sailor Swim Bottoms, Closet Case Patterns Bombshell Swimsuit, and “Mum’s Magical Leotard” using Closet Case Patterns Nettie Bodysuit.
Ciara @ciaraxyearra says: “Used #mybodymodel to sketch the next swimsuit I want to make. I want to use the #harrietbra as a model for the top, with all the lingerie-style topstitching (I build an underwire bra into all of my swimsuits) & crisscrossed straps in the back. Bottoms are #m7168, which I’ve made twice before & love, especially the ruched sides. Thinking about binding all the edges with yellow FOE, & maybe even using it to highlight the seams on the bra cup? I already have yellow gingham swimsuit fabric in the stash. I added my tattoos to the sketch this time.” Patterns shown: Harriet Bra Pattern by Cloth Habit; and M7168 by McCall Patterns.
MyBodyModel doesn’t yet offer a back view croquis (hopefully soon!), so Diane @diane_stanley_sews created her own. Check out Diane’s IGTV channel to see how she used her croquis from MyBodyModel together with her favorite digital sketching app to create a back view. Patterns shown: Sophie Swimsuit (bottoms) by Closet Case Patterns, Butterick 5795, and Bombshell Swimsuit by Closet Case Patterns.
Julie @rljulie also made her own back view croquis to sketch her polkadotted two-piece swimsuit plus adorable flippers!
This side-by-side from sketch to finished garment makes me so happy! On her blog, Leah @mscleaver wrote a beautiful and deeply personal post – “Being Comfortable – Part II” about body positivity as an ongoing process, faking it till you make it, and some wise words from My Little Pony. Pattern shown: Sophie Swimsuit by Closet Case Patterns.
Regardless of where you are in your own body acceptance journey, sketching swimwear designs on a croquis of your own body can have a powerful effect. And it’s SO much more fun than trying on swimsuits at the store (UGH)!
I hope that Swimsuit Week has inspired you to give it a try!