You know the old stand-by nightmare where you’re in public and then suddenly realize you’ve forgot to get dressed and are most unfortunately stark nekked? Posting pictures of yourself in a swimsuit, for me, is a lot like that. I wasn’t going to, but my friend Becca and sister Em said that you couldn’t really see the suit when not on, and that people want to see how it fits. AND you all are dying to see how much cellulite I have on my arse, don’t even try to deny it.
Well, there you go. White legs, farmer’s tan, cellulite and all.
This suit was so fun to make. I used this vintage Stretch & Sew 1300 pattern that I photocopied from my sister, and which was pretty much a dream. Those princess seams make for an amazing fit! I extended the legs maybe two or more inches (striving to COVER my main problem areas), and it ended up reminding me a lot of the adorable tanks that Sonora wears on Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken (remember that movie??) I fully lined it, and then I added that tie in the back, which I thought was a necessary alteration. Oh and of course I added my signature textural interest on the top in a complimentary burgandy that serves to hide the fact that my chest is much depleted since baby number three (tears!!) Actually I thought of Scarlett O’Hara the entire time I sewed that top embellishment, because I recently reread Gone With the Wind, and remembered how she scorned all girls who had to add ruffles to their bodice when nature didn’t give them enough to go on. Welp, what can you do Scarlett?? Desperate times call for desperate measures and extra ruffles. I got a great deal on the super awesome lycra blend fabric, and I bought a thrifted a swimsuit for $3 to snag the swimbra. Total cost for this suit was $6, which I’m thrilled with. I seriously love it, and I actually feel great in it, which is, I think probably unprecedented when it comes to me and swimwear.
Now, here’s the sad part–I haven’t worn it yet! It’s not as hot, and we haven’t made it to the pool since then. Soon. I will before the summer is over. Hopefully. Maybe. We’ll see.