The Lola Swimsuit by Laela Jeyne Patterns
Raise your hand if you’re afraid of sewing with swim fabric??? I imagine lots of hands flyng in the air about now. I was among those ranks as well until recently. Seven years ago, I had a swimsuit custom made for me. It fit me perfectly, and I loved that thing! I finally had to put it to rest because it was so worn out and had lost it’s stretch. It was the best suit I ever had, but I had to pay a pretty penny for it. Somewhere close to $100. When I retired the suit last year, I decided it was time to try my hand at sewing swimear. I took my old suit apart to help me create a pattern to sew a new one just like it. Let me tell you, it was a pain in the neck drafting my own pattern and making up my own instructions on the fly. I admire pattern makers. Clearly, I am NOT one. I also tried to be lazy and not pin or baste anything. BIG mistake. I spent a lot of time redoing things that I should have just done right the first time! In the end, my suit turned out pretty decent; not perfect, but wearable, cute and much less expensive. But I swore I would Never sew another suit again…..
Well, you see, I have this problem. It’s called buying fabric! One day I was perusing Purple Seamstresses Facebook page and stumbled on a beautiful floral swim fabric that I just HAD to have. It didn’t matter that I had sworn off swimsuits. I needed that fabric. Once it was delivered, I decided I couldn’t let it sit in my mountain of a fabric stash. I needed to use it, so I talked myself into trying again, only this time I was going to buy an actual pattern. I wanted to do something completely different, so I was excited when I found a pattern for a swim dress. It’s called the Lola Swimsuit by Laela Jeyne Patterns. I had never used this pattern company before so I didn’t know what to expect. I did run into a few problems along the way and got confused at a couple of steps. I ended up unpicking seams on more than one occasion. Now, was this a matter of an unclear pattern or a novice swimwear maker? I’m not sure, but in the end my suit turned out! I finished it just on time for our trip to Miramar Beach, FL. I loved the coverage of the skirt, and the cute ties in the back. I also though the ruching was very flattering.
This pattern is definitely not a beginner’s pattern. There were a lot of pattern pieces. Plus, there were gathers in the bodice, straps, and waist so there were just a lot of steps involved. It was time consuming but I was very pleased with my results. I did make one change: the pattern is drafted as a one piece, but I generally prefer two pieces, so I altered the pattern for that.
SOOOOOOOO……..will you see me sewing more swimsuits in the future? I’ll give you a hint: the answer is not no! Stay tuned…..