Wild Hearts Swim Tank

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.

Happy Weekend!

33 Comments

jessica

I love that movie!! And I can’t believe how awesome this suit is. Girl, why ya complaining, haven’t you had like 8 kids? (I joke) You look fantastic!

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Miriam

You know, if you’ve had 3 you’ve had 8 I always say! And yes, Wild Hearts lives forever. The main boy? Be still my 10 year old heart..

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Miriam

I know! Why did we never get together when you lived here?? If you’re ever in town, gimme a call. We can call Laura and John and partay!

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Renae

Very pretty and you’re very brave to post full on swimsuit pics.
I think my favorite part is the pretty tie in back. I’ve got some swimsuit ideas floating around in my head and this inspires me to put them together–ideas for me, and not my girls.

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Miriam

Thanks! That etsy link I put up is selling it, and I think I’ve seen it on ebay as well! It’s really amazing!

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Heidi

After I posted this, I realized that my mom has TONS of vintage patterns from the 60’s and 70’s when she sewed a lot of her own clothes and I know for a fact that she has a swimsuit pattern similar to this. Hmmmm…

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Miranda

Gorge. I love the colors, and you’re right about those seams-super flattering! I need a copy of this one for next year! Bravo Mim!

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jen

at the risk of sounding even more like a creepy stalker than ever…erm…what cellulite??? You are gorgeous…and your hubby..most importantly…obviously agrees. And THAT SUIT is my idea of swimming heaven…as soon as you have had kids..itsy bitsy bikinis are a no-no (unless you are posh spice) and most one-pieces are tragically boring…i would love this suit…. Girl – as always – you rock…Kisses from us down here xxxx

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Jane

Way to go! It is adorable. I made a swimsuit once because I couldn’t find what I like. You are beautiful!

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Miriam

Thank you, and that’s exactly why I make my own! You can make exactly what you want (with exactly how much coverage) and for a great price! so worth it!

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Mary

Everybody has already said that you look great, but it’s true so it might as well be said again: you look absolutely incredible.

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Becca

Mim!!! I LOOOOOVE IT!! And I am so loving that you wore it and posted the pics! Seriously, you totally rock! The suit, of course is just perfect and you look every bit feminine, and lovely!

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Ricki

Love your blog, never posted a comment before. But I had to say you look great and the suit is awesome! I love the your color choices.

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Miriam

Hey Hey! I love it when someone comes out of anonymity to say hello! You wouldn’t believe how long I pondered whether or not those colors go together…it seems like a no brainer now, but at the time I couldn’t tell whether they’d look awesome or terrible. Thanks for the vote of confidence!

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Yam b fan

Pardon the pun, but you look arsetronomical! Favorite part? Big Al can’t resistcha! Seriously, those princess lines look fabulous–great sewing job!

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Kristi

1. You look SO good in your adorable new suit – I love it and the ruffle detail.
2. I love that movie and used to be obsessed with it.
3. Props to you for taking a back picture because I appreciate seeing the tie detail!

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Miriam

Thanks Kristi! I miss seeing you, I seriously need to plan a time to get down to provo and catch up with all the girls from the ward..

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heather e

Mim. You’re rocking it. I love it. That movie! I need to see it again. And I wanted to be sure to re-tell you how much I love your blog and your writing is so witty and hilarious. I love that Scarlett bit in this one. And desperate times call for more ruffles! Ha!

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Miriam

Thanks Heath! I need to see that movie again too, actually. It’s been years and years. And thanks about the writing, that’s seriously the best compliment to me!

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Pat

Hi
First of all congrats! You look amazing and so does your bathing suit. I would like to know if you use a serger or just a sewing machine. And how did you prevent from the Lycra and the edgeseam elastic from the back area to get stuck in the feed teeth of the machine? Thanks

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Miriam

Thanks Pat! I used a serger for the side seams, contruction part, and then a sewing machine for all the hems. So you’re having trouble with your hem getting sucked down into the feed dogs? There could be a number of reasons behind this, but one of them could be your mouth plate, some of them with a larger hole (where the needle goes down into), tend to suck fabric (especially stretchy fabric) down into. I believe a 4 milimeter opening is normal, but some machines have a 5-7 millimeter opening, and tend to have that problem. Also, make sure you’re using a super sharp needle, sometimes with lycra or other really slippery/stretchy fabric a microtex needle is in order if you’re having problems with even a stretch needle. (Stretch are much better for lycra/spandex than ball point, so if you’re using ball point then definitely try stretch OR microtex if you’re still having problems).
Then I would check your thread, crappy quality thread will really mess things up, as well as sometimes the narrower thread spools will cause you grief. Basically because the fabric is difficult, all the normal issues are magnified, and everything is really finicky. Good luck, I really hope your figure it out!

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Beatriz Benet

Hi Madmim,

I bought not long ago the Strech and Sew 1300 swim suit. English is not my language nor I am an expert in sewing so I don’t understand if when cutting the lycra I have to add 1/4″ for the seams allowence or it is included in the pattern!
All the best and thanks in advanced,

Beatriz – Barcelona (spain).

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