Soma bikini

Papercut patterns has a cute swimsuit style – Soma – that has a few cool swimsuit variation including the bikini style I’ve just made using Pitt Trading fabric – Turkish delight print.

This variation doesn’t need too many notions. 
I’ve used two fashion fabrics, lining fabric, cups and fold over elastic.
Without the straps, it’s still a lovely tanning suit.
Sewing fold over elastic was a nice design idea to finish off this bikini.
I usually use swimsuit elastic to finish the edges of swimsuits.
After trying on the bottoms, I’ll be raising the height of the side leg.
I’ll also be lowering the front waistline because it’s too high for my height.

The other adjustment I’ll be making is to raise the base of the top’s hem. I’ll be taking 2.5cm off the front hem.

Other than those small adjustments, this pattern is good to go.

The tropics – Kwik sew 2689 + Style 1558

Technically speaking I have used an unused pattern.


The fabric is from Pitt Trading when Roberta was still in Sydney and that was a few years ago… I’ve used Kwik Sew 2689 before but I did need to adjust the bottoms for my own comfort. I added a black band on top because hipsters don’t suit me.

The second top was Style 1558. Style 1558 is a pattern from the 70’s that I discovered when I was trying to put my patterns on a spreadsheet. Sorting my patterns is a winter task, when I want to get inspiration and am stuck for sewing ideas.
Style 1558 was available at a time before current swimwear fabric was available. How’s that for a textile history lesson?

Both tops and bottom are lined and I’ve used a zigzag stitch on all seams. I’ve also used butterfly clips on both tops.
The reason I’m currently making swimwear is because I’m heading north for a week to escape the cold soon.