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Me Made: Striped Tankini // Rad Patterns First Crush Swimsuit

I finally made myself a swimsuit that is made for playing with my children in the water. It’s in the colors I love, but I don’t have to tug or cover or constantly adjust. I have always loved swimming, and I wanted to enjoy it with my children. The biggest reason is that I wanted to be able to go swimming at the drop of a hat when my kids asked without worrying about shaving.
I ordered this navy and white striped swim fabric* from fabric.com* a couple of years ago and finally used it. It’s a great fabric, and I loved it. I originally ordered two yards so I have at least a yard to still use later. Maybe I’ll make swimsuits that all fit into a capsule so I can mix and match my tops and bottoms. I used this power mesh fabric* in white as lining.

Me Made: Striped Tankini // Rad Patterns First Crush Swimsuit

I used the First Crush Swimsuit pattern by Rad patterns. I saw it when it was released about a year ago and loved the crossover front. It reminded me of this striped swimsuit┬áthat I pinned on pinterest. I wanted to recreate it as a tankini since I like more coverage but prefer easy bathroom access. The pattern was drafted well, and I fit into the measurements. I added an inch for height, 1/2″ above the straps and 1/2″ below the straps. I ended up taking the 1/2″ above the bust out. Because the straps were too long. I couldn’t make sense of the instructions, and I couldn’t figure out if the crossover was supposed to end at my waist or just under my bust. I constructed the suit my way, had trouble because I made the elastic too tight and the straps were too long. I don’t know. I added fabric to the sides, removed the underbust elastic, took out some of the fabric. I added size A cups that did not look flattering to my small bust and the crossover wasn’t crossing in the right place. I took the cups out and decided to add some smaller push up swim cups I had. I didn’t like how big the cups were, but I needed a better option. When I pinned them in I poked the gel part which then spilled out. But then the cups shrunk and were a better size. Then I handstitched the crossover the cross and lay where I wanted it too. And it finally looks good. I unpicked and reworked a lot on the top and wanted to give up and throw it away, but I stuck with it and I’m happy with the result. It works and I never want to sew it again. I really should have just used my book of basic swimsuit patterns* to get what I wanted. It probably would’ve been a lot easier.

Me Made: Striped Tankini // Rad Patterns First Crush Swimsuit

I thought the pattern came with swim shorts because that’s what I’ve been wanting. There were cheeky bottoms, but I knew I wouldn’t get the inseam length that I wanted so I didn’t use it. I used a free legging pattern and cut it into short shorts for the bottoms. I was really worried at first about wearing shorts because I’ve read everywhere with how unflattering that style is. Well, I want to wear shorts so I can sit criss cross applesauce with my kids and not flash anyone. I want to sit and bend over to help my baby and have no worries. I have since realized that since I have almost no hips, these shorts are not completely unflattering since they give me the illusion of hips. But I’d probably wear little shorts anyway so I can enjoy swimming with my kids.

Me Made: Striped Tankini // Rad Patterns First Crush Swimsuit
When I was pregnant with my children I didn’t get stretch marks on my stomach. I got them on the back of my legs at the top of my hamstring. My shorts slightly cover them, but that actually wasn’t my intention. I want to wear them proudly and not hide them. The stretch marks don’t really show up in pictures, but in real life you can see them.
Me Made: Striped Tankini // Rad Patterns First Crush Swimsuit

Author: Heather