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Made myself a retro swimsuit! Project: FO

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u/fabricwench Jun 24 '22 edited Jun 24 '22

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u/sewmagical99 Jun 23 '22 edited Jun 24 '22 Take My Energy

[Self Drafted]

I made this by sewing a low cut swimsuit block and drawing out my pattern whilst it was on a mannequin and then creating a paper pattern from that.

The fabric is digitally printed matte Lycra, a poly/elastane mix.

This was one of my first times using Lycra and I was very lucky to be able to use a wide range of industrial machines to get some really lovely finishes.

ETA: To answer some frequent questions. The process for making the paper pattern is basically just a draping method, I did have to make a mock up to test my pattern first.

The printing of the fabric, I designed the pattern using Adobe illustrator and Photoshop, then sent the image file to a company that prints it directly onto the fabric, the process is called sublimation, places like Spoonflower I believe can do this for you.

The stretch industrial machines I used were, an elasticator, coverstitch, binder, roll hemmer, a lockstitch and overlocker. Thanks for all the love!

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u/_crucialconjunction_ Jun 23 '22

Those finishes are honestly fantastic. I love the professional touches. But the fact it’s self drafted is what’s really impressive. You did such a lovely job.

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u/hyufss Jun 23 '22

Are you in the UK? Please let me know where exactly you got the fabric if so! I really want to try my hand at swimwear.

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u/sewmagical99 Jun 23 '22

Unfortunately I'm not! I actually had the fabric printed with my own artwork to match a different project I made.

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u/mango1588 Jun 23 '22

That's so cool! You did a great job- both with the fabric and the swimsuit as a whole! It's beautiful!

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u/hyufss Jun 23 '22

It's a stunning pattern, I love it. I got excited seeing you type "whilst", figured I'd see if you were in the UK! Oh well :D

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u/Unckle-Reg Jun 23 '22

EBay always has a selection of 1960s 70s materials.

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u/birdcil Jun 23 '22

Oh wow!! How did you get the fabric printed??

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u/catgirl320 Jun 23 '22

Not sure if it's what OP uses, but you get your own designs printed at Spoonflower.com

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u/underbellymadness Jun 23 '22

Seconded I didn't know I could get my own groovy and distorted shapes onto my sewing

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u/hdexy6 Jun 23 '22

It’s awesome!!

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u/ReadyStrategy8 Jun 23 '22

How did you keep the Lycra from stretching too much while sewing?

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u/mnLIED Jun 23 '22

Can you give some more details about the digital printing of the matte lycra? I know screen printing, and i know iron on and cricut stuff, but you've got me curious.

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u/StalePieceOfBread Jun 23 '22

Making one's own clothes is like magic when it's done well

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u/rosierho Jun 23 '22

I would love more information on what you chose to do on the industrial machines vs on a home machine, i.e. what finishes would they be used for specifically? You really did such a phenomenal job on this; I don't usually comment but really, really you did. It just fits you perfectly and it's so well made, there's no weird unevenness or twisted odd seams or anything. Especially the straps! I really love all the beads and rings and extra bits like that too.

Just so great 👍🏻!

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u/gringodemierda Jun 23 '22

Super cute! I love the colors you picked 😍

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u/introverted365 Jun 23 '22

The first post I saw when I opened the app, and thought wow! Such a cute bathing suit! You did an awesome job!!

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u/EstaLisa Jun 23 '22

omg this is really great! fits you perfectly, shows off the ink, cute details and even if it‘s a lot it‘s not overdone!

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u/PepplyPie Jun 23 '22

Looks so cute!

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u/Rosegoldears Jun 23 '22

wow this is so cute! good job

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u/oxmiladyxo Jun 23 '22

This is absolutely amazing!! Love the print, the colors, the shape, everything! You look fantastic!

I was considering making a swim top myself but OP mentioned using a variety of industrial machines. Does this mean it’ll be really difficult to make one with a standard at home sewing machine?

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u/sewmagical99 Jun 23 '22

Not necessarily difficult, you just need to be sure to use stitches that will allow for the fabric to stretch without them snapping, usually a zigzag!

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u/razorteef Jun 23 '22

sewing high stretch fabrics on a home sewing machine can be tricky and is a bit of a learning curve, but its def possible and theres plenty of tricks to make it easier. the main thing is its VERY important to use a zig zag stitch and a ball point needle. additionally, something like stretchy heat n bond is very helpful for securing seams before stitching them so you get less warbling and slipping around. it works a bit like a stretchy, glue interfacing. a serger definitely makes life easier, though, and a secondhand one is 100% a worthy investment for anyone who wants to sew stretch fabrics frequently. the lower end ones arent too expensive

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u/Auto_Moving Jun 23 '22

OH MY GOSH THAT SIUT IS ADORABLE!! I would 100% buy something like that!!

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u/yellowpage33 Jun 23 '22

Same. Love it

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u/SkyOfFallingWater Jun 23 '22

Wow, I love the style :)

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u/freperjo Jun 23 '22

Amazing job! I'm so jealous!

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u/aspacelot Jun 23 '22

I saw your other post and your style is fucking fresh. Also, amazing Simpsons tattoos. Best. Show. Ever.

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u/nanes97 Jun 23 '22

This is AMAZING!! If you sold them id buy it hahaha

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u/holocubist Jun 23 '22

Ohh, this is so cool! Absolutely love the cut!

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u/lazylittlelady Jun 23 '22

Very impressive!

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u/rahr124 Jun 23 '22

That shit is 🔥

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u/dadapixiegirl Jun 23 '22

So cute! And props to you for sewing with Lycra. Lycra terrifies me!

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u/badchefrazzy Jun 23 '22

Oh my GOD it's adorable! You look lovely in it too ^^

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u/neanderthal42 Jun 23 '22

Awesome job! Did you run into any challenges using the Lycra?

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u/kayceeplusplus Jun 23 '22

👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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u/noBanana4you4sure Jun 23 '22

Omg !!! I love!!!

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u/4133487409 Jun 23 '22

Super cute bathing suit 🥰

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u/[deleted] Jun 23 '22 edited Jul 14 '22

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u/changing_everyday Jun 23 '22

damn! so good 🔥

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u/Yadynnus Jun 23 '22

Wow ! Great style, great execution !

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u/VanGoghInTrainers Jun 23 '22

This is an adorable suit! Love the color and print. You did a beautiful job.

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u/mflowrites Jun 23 '22

Do you have an Etsy shop? Love the suit!

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u/AssumptionAdvanced58 Jun 23 '22

My very fav retro bathing suits were Esther Williams. I believe she had a swimwear line.

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u/Thubanshee Jun 23 '22

It’s so cute??! The design, the print, everything. Very nice job.

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u/tempizzle Jun 23 '22

Looks nice!

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u/GusGus6502 Jun 23 '22

I love everything about this suit. Love the colour combo.

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u/samishere996 Jun 23 '22

Oh my gosh I LOVE THIS. The cut, the shape, the pattern, the color: this is the whole package! So retro and fun 🤩

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u/spiralamber Jun 23 '22

Gorgeous, fantastic sewing skills👍

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u/tsunamibird Jun 23 '22

It look so good on you!!

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u/StolenDiscs Jun 23 '22

I love it! It came out great OP, the fabric is super cute and I love the style :)

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u/eatingganesha Jun 23 '22

This is a style that needs to come back! Beautiful from fabric to execution! ❤️

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u/rwalsh1981 Jun 23 '22

Very talented great work. Also like that master sword and triforce tattoo

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u/savvyjk Jun 23 '22

This is fantastic!! I love the cut & rouching (sp?) on the sides, and the accessorizing details. Great job!!

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u/TBayChik420 Jun 23 '22

Ahhhhh! That's so cute!! The pattern is adorable on its own but the style of the suit is awesome!! 💖

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u/triplereversechicken Jun 23 '22

Literally could not be A) cuter and b) more flattering on you!! Holy hell that’s an amazing swimsuit!

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u/euridanus Jun 23 '22

That is so cute!!

Edit: Where did you find your fabric? Such a fun pattern.

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u/wanttowatchbees Jun 23 '22

Absolutely love the green and the flower pattern! So cute!

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u/Competitive_Bad6251 Jun 23 '22

Wow I don't usually like 70s style but I LOVE this. Amazing

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u/kiwifruit86 Jun 23 '22

Super cute style, love the 60’s vibe fabric

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u/Psychological_Ad4621 Jun 23 '22

Looks great on you. Lovely style.

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u/Aggressive_lilWasabi Jun 23 '22

That’s amazing!

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u/Yallneedjesuschrist Jun 23 '22

The fabric fits the theme so well. Nice pick!

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u/wordpost1 Jun 23 '22

This is terrific. Well done you!

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u/RuleBreakingMoth7 Jun 23 '22

This is incredible! Amazing job! I’m so intimidated to try sewing with Lycra.

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u/Kerfluffle-Bunny Jun 23 '22

This is gorgeous! You’re very talented.

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u/TheStakes Jun 23 '22

Gorgeous!

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u/ooglyboogly42069 Jun 23 '22

LOOOOOV THIS SO MUCH!!!!!! Beautiful job

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u/tizadu Jun 23 '22

this is fab!

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u/Yashish Jun 23 '22

The print makes it hella cute

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u/mschuckles Jun 23 '22

Beautiful!

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u/[deleted] Jun 23 '22

That’s such a nice color! Really good job!

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u/Bacondress562 Jun 23 '22

SO SO CUTE!!!!

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u/ZippingAround Jun 23 '22

Couldn’t. Be. Cuter. The details make it so special!

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u/throwaway_afterusage Jun 23 '22

the design is perfect! i think you nailed the retro concept, even though i don't know what it is

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u/blechkatz Jun 23 '22

Wow! So cool!

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u/_Cardano_Monero_ Jun 23 '22

So lovely! The colour and flowerpattern suits you very well!

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u/Techs-Mechs Jun 23 '22

Very cute and flowery! Very 70s looking

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u/iwanttoseeart Jun 23 '22

Very beautiful

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u/nevermock Jun 23 '22

Looks like the future to me.

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u/ABoringAlt Jun 23 '22

It's lovely and fits you perfectly!

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u/SleepyBoiOverload Jun 23 '22

That’s really well done! The style suits you too

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u/Glittering_Aioli6162 Jun 23 '22

love 💚💛🤍🧡

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u/My_sins_raise_HELL Jun 23 '22

Beautiful! I am always looking for a suit like this.

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u/Custard_Tart_Addict Jun 23 '22

omg so cute.

hey where do you get fabric? I tried to make my own swim suit and I had the worst time trying to find it.

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u/Lavender_iris Jun 23 '22

It’s gorgeous!

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u/izzymochii Jun 23 '22

i love this more than i’ve ever loved anything else

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u/SkyDiscombobulated60 Jun 23 '22

You are styling. Great job

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u/Ok_Nefariousness9736 Jun 23 '22

That’s really adorable!

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u/HistoricalSand1084 Jun 23 '22

Damn that looks so good!! Amazing job friendo

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u/TvALoki Jun 23 '22

Love the Zelda tattoo!

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u/LegalFan2741 Jun 23 '22

Wow that’s pretty cool! Well done!

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u/suckcess1 Jun 23 '22

Amazing skill! Gorgeous happy print. You rocked this!

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u/Confident_Refuse1894 Jun 23 '22

That’s adorable! Well done oml

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u/pugnatoes Jun 23 '22

Wow absolutely love the design of this! It fits you flawlessly! Also love the hanging tassels and the print excellent work you should be proud

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u/agilerain8256 Jun 23 '22

This is really cute! Great job!

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u/Shabozz Jun 23 '22

I love this so much! The hoop combining the neck strap to the chest piece is such a great touch, and the fabric really adds to the retro feeling. Amazing work

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u/homedad3591 Jun 23 '22

I like it!

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u/DarkenedSkeksis Jun 23 '22

Great job! Love the material.

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u/CruelSummertime Jun 23 '22

Jealous! So cute!🧡💚🤍

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u/Yzarcos Jun 23 '22

Wow! This is such a cute suit!! You did fantastic work!

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u/nicksparx Jun 23 '22

Is there a special material or process you have to use/do to make it more water resistant?

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u/Wysteria569 Jun 23 '22

Super cute

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u/Confident-Grab-5277 Jun 23 '22

Wow. That’s all.

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u/indefilade Jun 23 '22

That is perfect.

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u/funky_jim Jun 23 '22

Nice work, that's fantastic!

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u/Crystalline_Green Jun 23 '22

I love this so much! You look amazing in it!

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u/King-Cobra-668 Jun 23 '22

oh wow, that turned out wonderfully!

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u/keyman716 Jun 23 '22

Looks awesome, love the 60’s vibe

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u/SWTransGirl Jun 23 '22

I love this!

It looks amazing on you.

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u/shibagirl20 Jun 23 '22

I'm in love ! The green is perfect 😍 I wish they made swim suits like this still

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u/GanonRiver1 Jun 23 '22

Gorgeous!!!

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u/dogsruleyoudrule Jun 23 '22

I love it! The pattern is absolutely fabulous!

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u/Bumbly_B Jun 23 '22

WOW! This is fantastic! I'm amazed honestly! You did SUCH a great job!

I'm barely able to sew (mostly small repairs) and I hope I can eventually get skilled enough to make something that looks even 1/3 as good as this! Seriously, it looks so incredibly well made! Sorry I don't have anything other than rambling praise to offer, but just... Wow!!

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u/Atzukeeper Jun 23 '22

Really cute

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u/doggexbay Jun 23 '22

That is fucking rad dude, nice work

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u/Scorchfox29 Jun 23 '22

I love it! It’s so pretty!!😍😍

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u/car13y Jun 23 '22

These colors are lovely on you! Great job the fit is perfect

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u/jellyyyyyyy24 Jun 23 '22

Looks great!! I love all of little details. I can tell you put a lot of thought into the design!

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u/KiwisWithMangos Jun 23 '22

It's very pretty.

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u/Aboekabi Jun 23 '22

Love the print on that fabric. You look amazing

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u/Local1561 Jun 23 '22

🔥🔥🔥

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u/EaterofSoulz Jun 23 '22

That’s really cute! Great job. Cool tattoos also!

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u/bdsloane Jun 23 '22

This is way cuter than anything I’ve seen for sale online! You did an amazing job!

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u/bb_hippo Jun 23 '22

That’s so cute!

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u/Pennysews Jun 23 '22

This is gorgeous! And you look amazing in it! Great job!

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u/RidingTilDeath Jun 23 '22

Ahh so adorable! Great work!

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u/platalyssapus Jun 23 '22

Ohmigosh this is so stinking cute I love it!!!!

Also, great Zelda tattoo!

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u/viktoriaforte Jun 23 '22

Omg I love this and it suits you soooo well!!!😍😍😍

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u/TenMatrix Jun 23 '22

I love the style and the colors

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u/MammothSufficient601 Jun 23 '22

You are talented. Looks amazing. Congrats.

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u/horsecowelephant Jun 23 '22

Fantastic! Would love to learn more about getting your own art printed

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u/thandrend Jun 23 '22

Really cool. Cool master sword tattoo too!

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u/0Stubby-Shrooms0 Jun 23 '22

This is so cute!!

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u/unique256 Jun 23 '22

Omg! Im in love with this! Good for you it looks so amazing 👏💜

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u/useful_throwaway420 Jun 23 '22

I don’t think I’ve ever seen /r/sewing on the front page before, congrats!

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u/QuarterCupRice Jun 23 '22

Super cool! Looks great!!

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u/Top_Layer7474 Jun 23 '22

Love the vibrant summer colors!

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u/tonkats Jun 23 '22

You know I've been looking at the 1" back clips wondering why we can't find larger ones that allow more support in the back, or why we don't double them up. Lo and behold, you've shown us a double works nicely. I'll be doing this in my swimsuit this summer. Thanks!

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u/Fanon64 Jun 23 '22

Looks really cute! What are the beads and clasp made from? Wood, coconut shell or something else?

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u/Wizze_B Jun 23 '22

for a second i thought this was an add, it's so good! looks amazing

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u/AbbreviationsGreat Jun 23 '22

I absolutely love it you did so good!! The style is adorable on you!

Was turning the strings the harder part ? Or working with that material in general??

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u/TinyFatPanda Jun 23 '22

That's super duper cute.

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u/quandaledeengle Jun 23 '22

If you made it by yourself it's really cool and creative.Wow!

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u/Toughbiscuit Jun 23 '22

That looks sew cool!

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u/Discordia86 Jun 23 '22

Can see the upvotes going lol! This is awesome, love it

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u/DearestxRed Jun 23 '22

That is so cute. I love the gathering.

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u/grilledcakes Jun 23 '22

Very cool! Looks great and I love that fabric, perfect retro look.

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u/dataminingisbad Jun 23 '22

SHARE THE PATTERN BC IM IN LOVE

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u/CrackedOwt Jun 23 '22

Slaaaay SLAAAAAAy. periodt

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u/The4leafclover1966 Jun 23 '22 edited Jun 23 '22

That’s seriously one of the cutest swimsuits I’ve ever seen!

Super well done! And you’re wearing it well, too!

Nice job (and I love the green nail polish to match). 🌼

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u/wailowhisp Jun 23 '22

Oh my gosh, that’s so cute! I love it! It looks great on you and!!! you made it yourself, so cool!

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u/nova_wrath Jun 23 '22

Wow that looks amazing! Swimsuits are sooo hard and you did an incredible job! And it doesn’t hurt that you look very nice in it. 😊

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u/artlanta Jun 23 '22

So cute 🥰

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u/barbaramillicent Jun 23 '22

Girl that is cute as hell I love this

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u/TwanandOnly Jun 23 '22

Cuuuuute!!

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u/DragonCat88 Jun 23 '22

That’s so cool!

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u/purpleypopsicles Jun 23 '22

Love the colour and pattern looks awesome

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u/VodkaAndHotdogs Jun 23 '22

I’m always in awe of posts that start with “made myself” and end with anything other that “a super basic skirt” (which is my speed - lol). The swimsuit is amazing!!

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u/SassyAss_Seira Jun 23 '22

Absolutely gorgeous! And it looks AMAZING on you! Love the print on the fabric and the wooden additions!

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u/NessieAlways Jun 23 '22

That is cute af!

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u/AlonsoD Jun 23 '22

Rip the dms. Love the flower pattern!

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u/joubledumper Jun 23 '22

I love those flowers. Fantastic work

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u/meldiane81 Jun 23 '22

I wish you were selling!!!! Big busted women like me would love this.

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u/PharmaDiamondx100 Jun 23 '22

Fantastic job!

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u/bluetrood Jun 23 '22

That's beautiful!!!

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u/StackKong Jun 23 '22

It's so cute, I love it.

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u/[deleted] Jun 23 '22

Adorable 🥰