Sunday, 1 June 2014

Perfect Pattern Parcel #3 - Bombshell Swimsuit

Remember a couple of months a go I took a brief break from dissertation writing and made my Ava top as part of Perfect Pattern Parcel?  Well today I'm back with another Perfect Pattern Parcel post!  This time around it's parcel #3, which includes these beauties!

Pattern Parcel #3

Pattern Parcel #3 includes: 
Poppy Tunic by Make it Perfect 
Water Bottle Tote by Radiant Home Studio 
Jorna Tank Dress by Jenna Brand 
Staple Dress by April Rhodes 
Bombshell Swimsuit by Closet Case Files 
Bonus Pattern: Choose a price of $28 or greater for Parcel #3 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is Prefontaine Shorts for Women by Made with Moxie. This shorts pattern has a retro trim, loads of pockets, two inseams and are so comfortable you won't want to take them off. Includes sizes 0 - 24. Exclusive launch on Pattern Parcel. Be the first to own this pattern! 

In case you've forgotten, here's what PPP is all about:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel. We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Together we've raised almost $4,500 towards eliminating educational inequality.

If that's enough for you, click on this button to go through to the sale and get your hands on this awesome bundle of patterns!

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So which of these did I choose to make?  The Bombshell Swimsuit by Closet Case Files of course!  Last year when this pattern really took off, I'd already been on holiday and had no reason to make myself a swimsuit.  But with my summer holiday only a few days away (excited much?!) I knew I had to make one this year.

I'm not going to lie and say this was an easy make for me.  I totally messed up my first attempt.  I second guessed how the construction went ended up with the lining on the outer.  **note to self, start reading instructions!**  So today in work, I bought some more lycra and carefully studied the pattern before starting again.  And this time, it sewed up a treat!  Oh my gosh, it's a beauty and if you follow the instructions properly, it's very straight forward to make.  Heather Lou, you are an amazing lady, and I can only but thank you for this wonderful pattern!  I think I'm going to need to get my hands on Nettie!

The lycra I used is a Liberty of London Print from work.  It's a 78% Poly, 22% lycra blend, meaning that it has the perfect amount of stretch for this swimsuit.  For lining I used a remnant of white lycra that I found in the shop.   All in I used 1m of the Liberty (and put a join in the front crotch piece) and 0.65m of the white.  So really it's not a fabric heavy project.  What does make it trickier is the gathering.  I've got to say I was a little skeptical of gathering a stretch with a long straight stitch (I normally gather stretch fabrics with elastic) but it worked out fine.  Be prepared to go through A LOT of thread with all the gathers and locking stitches!  But other than that, there's really nothing to note!

I'm totally in love with this swimsuit and can't wait to get wearing it on the ship/beach next week!  Also, I'm not sorry there are no pics of me wearing it.  The internet doesn't need to see that!  If I get brave, an in action instagram of it may appear whilst I'm away! hah

So all that's left for me to say is head on over to the Perfect Pattern Parcel website and get this amazing bundle for yourself whilst helping out a great cause!

And don't forget to check in with the rest of the parcel tour:
Parcel #3 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, May 30 Sew Busy Lizzy || Pienkel || SeamstressErin

Saturday, May 31 Design By Lindsay || the Brodrick design studio || Cookin' and Craftin'

Sunday, June 1 Diary of a Chainstitcher || a happy stitch || Disaster in a Dress || sew Amy sew

Monday, June 2 Idle Fancy || Casa Crafty || Kadiddlehopper || Dandelion Drift

Tuesday, June 3 Our Family Four || Casa Crafty || Cookin' and Craftin' || a happy stitch

Wednesday, June 4 Lexi Made || The Quirky Peach || Stitched || a happy stitch || Casa Crafty ||

Thursday, June 5 verypurpleperson || Casa Crafty || sew a straight line || Sewbon

Friday, June 6 Shawnta Sews || Mama says sew || a happy stitch || Cookin' and Craftin'

Saturday, June 7 Casa Crafty || sewninestitches || 'So, Zo... What do you know?'

Sunday, June 8 oonaballoona || A Stitching Odyssey || Sew Charleston

Monday, June 9 Sew Sweetness || True Bias || Ozzy Blackbeard

Tuesday, June 10 Welcome to the Mouse House || Sew Caroline || Adventures in Dressmaking

Wednesday, June 11 Peneloping || YoSaMi || sewVery

Thursday, June 12 la inglesita || La Pantigana || Sanae Ishida

Friday, June 13 Seamster Sewing Patterns || Paunnet

The Facts
Pattern: Bombshell Swimsuit - Closet Case Files
Size Cut: 18
Fabric: Liberty of London Lycra and plain lycra from Mandors
Notions: None
Alterations: None!  Perfect from the print out!
Notes: Don't be an idiot and not read the instructions!!
Wearability: 9/10

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  1. Oh my gosh, I had no idea Liberty made bathing suit material!!!! Your Bombshell is so fantastic looking. This pattern is really really tempting me after what everyone has had to say about it. Thank you for sewing and sharing! :)

    1. Thanks Jill! I loved this parcel, was soo difficult to choose what to make! I'm also thinking a staple dress needs to be made if I have time this week! And Liberty literally do all kinds of fabric! We got random sweatshirtings in this weekend along with loads of other lawns, silks, wools and jersey! I would happily sew exclusively in Liberty if I could afford it!

  2. Totally gorgeous!!!! You are selling this swimsuit pattern to me and I don't even need one!

    1. Debbie, you really do need this pattern in your life! I didn't think I did either but now I know what I was missing out on!

  3. Liberty lycra! Fantastic! That looks so you! Have a wonderful vacation!

  4. Wow, I LOOOOOVE that fabric for this! I hope you do get "brave" on Instagram, because I'd love to see it on you!

    1. haha thanks Nicole! Maybe I'll choose a lovely beach so the background is more distracting than me in my swimming costume!!

  5. This is gorgeous! I love this pattern but I am a bit afraid of lycra/swimsuity stuff.

    1. Thanks! Honestly it's not difficult at all to sew with. It's much easier than jersey cause it's more stable so there's no awkward stretching different amounts in all different directions! Once you try I'm sure you'll be converted :)


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