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Made myself a retro swimsuit! Project: FO

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u/fabricwench 7d ago edited 7d ago

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u/sewmagical99 8d ago edited 7d ago 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_ 7d ago

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 8d ago

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 8d ago

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 8d ago

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 8d ago

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 7d ago

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

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u/birdcil 7d ago

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

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u/catgirl320 7d ago

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

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u/underbellymadness 7d ago

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

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u/hdexy6 8d ago

It’s awesome!!

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u/ReadyStrategy8 7d ago

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

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u/mnLIED 7d ago

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 7d ago

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

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u/rosierho 7d ago

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 8d ago

Super cute! I love the colors you picked 😍

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u/introverted365 8d ago

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/PepplyPie 8d ago

Looks so cute!

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u/EstaLisa 8d ago

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/Rosegoldears 8d ago

wow this is so cute! good job

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u/Auto_Moving 8d ago

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

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u/yellowpage33 7d ago

Same. Love it

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u/oxmiladyxo 8d ago

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 8d ago

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 7d ago

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/SkyOfFallingWater 8d ago

Wow, I love the style :)

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u/freperjo 8d ago

Amazing job! I'm so jealous!

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u/aspacelot 8d ago

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

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u/nanes97 8d ago

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

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u/holocubist 8d ago

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

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u/lazylittlelady 8d ago

Very impressive!

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u/rahr124 8d ago

That shit is 🔥

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u/dadapixiegirl 8d ago

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

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u/badchefrazzy 8d ago

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

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u/neanderthal42 8d ago

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

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u/kayceeplusplus 8d ago

👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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u/noBanana4you4sure 8d ago

Omg !!! I love!!!

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u/4133487409 8d ago

Super cute bathing suit 🥰

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u/AllyBelle246 8d ago

Really well done and suits you incredibly nicely!

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u/changing_everyday 8d ago

damn! so good 🔥

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u/Yadynnus 8d ago

Wow ! Great style, great execution !

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u/VanGoghInTrainers 8d ago

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

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u/mflowrites 8d ago

Do you have an Etsy shop? Love the suit!

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u/AssumptionAdvanced58 7d ago

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

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u/Thubanshee 7d ago

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

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u/tempizzle 7d ago

Looks nice!

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u/GusGus6502 7d ago

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

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u/samishere996 7d ago

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 7d ago

Gorgeous, fantastic sewing skills👍

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u/tsunamibird 7d ago

It look so good on you!!

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u/StolenDiscs 7d ago

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

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u/eatingganesha 7d ago

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

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u/rwalsh1981 7d ago

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

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u/savvyjk 7d ago

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

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u/TBayChik420 7d ago

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 7d ago

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 7d ago

That is so cute!!

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

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u/wanttowatchbees 7d ago

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

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u/Competitive_Bad6251 7d ago

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

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u/kiwifruit86 8d ago

Super cute style, love the 60’s vibe fabric

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u/Psychological_Ad4621 8d ago

Looks great on you. Lovely style.

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u/Aggressive_lilWasabi 8d ago

That’s amazing!

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u/Yallneedjesuschrist 8d ago

The fabric fits the theme so well. Nice pick!

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u/wordpost1 8d ago

This is terrific. Well done you!

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u/RuleBreakingMoth7 8d ago

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

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u/Kerfluffle-Bunny 8d ago

This is gorgeous! You’re very talented.

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u/texas-1999 8d ago

Classy

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u/TheStakes 8d ago

Gorgeous!

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u/ooglyboogly42069 8d ago

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

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u/tizadu 8d ago

this is fab!

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u/Yashish 8d ago

The print makes it hella cute

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u/mschuckles 8d ago

Beautiful!

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u/Strawberry_Bubbles 8d ago

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

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u/Bacondress562 8d ago

SO SO CUTE!!!!

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u/ZippingAround 8d ago

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

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u/throwaway_afterusage 8d ago

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 8d ago

Wow! So cool!

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u/_Cardano_Monero_ 8d ago

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

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u/Techs-Mechs 8d ago

Very cute and flowery! Very 70s looking

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u/Dolphinkush 8d ago

Sew cute

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u/iwanttoseeart 8d ago

Very beautiful

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u/nevermock 8d ago

Looks like the future to me.

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u/ABoringAlt 8d ago

It's lovely and fits you perfectly!

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u/SleepyBoiOverload 8d ago

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

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u/Glittering_Aioli6162 8d ago

love 💚💛🤍🧡

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u/My_sins_raise_HELL 8d ago

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

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u/Custard_Tart_Addict 8d ago

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/YouLookDumb__ 8d ago

omg thats super cute!!

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u/Lavender_iris 8d ago

It’s gorgeous!

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u/izzymochii 8d ago

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

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u/SkyDiscombobulated60 8d ago

You are styling. Great job

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u/Ok_Nefariousness9736 8d ago

That’s really adorable!

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u/HistoricalSand1084 8d ago

Damn that looks so good!! Amazing job friendo

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u/TvALoki 8d ago

Love the Zelda tattoo!

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u/LegalFan2741 8d ago

Wow that’s pretty cool! Well done!

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u/suckcess1 8d ago

Amazing skill! Gorgeous happy print. You rocked this!

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u/Confident_Refuse1894 8d ago

That’s adorable! Well done oml

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u/pugnatoes 8d ago

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 8d ago

This is really cute! Great job!

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u/Shabozz 8d ago

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 8d ago

I like it!

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u/DarkenedSkeksis 8d ago

Great job! Love the material.

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u/CruelSummertime 8d ago

Jealous! So cute!🧡💚🤍

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u/Yzarcos 8d ago

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

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u/nicksparx 8d ago

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

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u/Wysteria569 8d ago

Super cute

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u/Confident-Grab-5277 8d ago

Wow. That’s all.

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u/indefilade 8d ago

That is perfect.

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u/funky_jim 8d ago

Nice work, that's fantastic!

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u/Ok-Grapefruit-4210 8d ago

Really cool!

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u/Crystalline_Green 8d ago

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

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u/King-Cobra-668 7d ago

oh wow, that turned out wonderfully!

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u/keyman716 7d ago

Looks awesome, love the 60’s vibe

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u/SWTransGirl 7d ago

I love this!

It looks amazing on you.

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u/shibagirl20 7d ago

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

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u/GanonRiver1 7d ago

Gorgeous!!!

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u/dogsruleyoudrule 7d ago

I love it! The pattern is absolutely fabulous!

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u/Bumbly_B 7d ago

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 7d ago

Really cute

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u/doggexbay 7d ago

That is fucking rad dude, nice work

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u/Scorchfox29 7d ago

I love it! It’s so pretty!!😍😍

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u/car13y 7d ago

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

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u/Quarves 7d ago

Cool!

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u/jellyyyyyyy24 7d ago

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 7d ago

It's very pretty.

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u/Aboekabi 7d ago

Love the print on that fabric. You look amazing

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u/Local1561 7d ago

🔥🔥🔥

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u/EaterofSoulz 7d ago

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

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u/Psychological-Joke22 7d ago

It's beautiful

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u/bdsloane 7d ago

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

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u/bb_hippo 7d ago

That’s so cute!

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u/Pennysews 7d ago

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

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u/RidingTilDeath 7d ago

Ahh so adorable! Great work!

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u/platalyssapus 7d ago

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

Also, great Zelda tattoo!

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u/viktoriaforte 7d ago

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

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u/TenMatrix 7d ago

I love the style and the colors

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u/MammothSufficient601 7d ago

You are talented. Looks amazing. Congrats.

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u/horsecowelephant 7d ago

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

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u/thandrend 7d ago

Really cool. Cool master sword tattoo too!

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u/0Stubby-Shrooms0 7d ago

This is so cute!!

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u/unique256 7d ago

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

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u/useful_throwaway420 7d ago

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

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u/QuarterCupRice 7d ago

Super cool! Looks great!!

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u/FancyPain2 7d ago

Big wow!

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u/Top_Layer7474 7d ago

Love the vibrant summer colors!

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u/tonkats 7d ago

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 7d ago

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

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u/Wizze_B 7d ago

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

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u/AbbreviationsGreat 7d ago

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 7d ago

That's super duper cute.

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u/quandaledeengle 7d ago

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

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u/ConvoyOfShortBus2022 7d ago

Take my upvote

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u/Toughbiscuit 7d ago

That looks sew cool!

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u/Discordia86 7d ago

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

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u/DearestxRed 7d ago

That is so cute. I love the gathering.

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u/grilledcakes 7d ago

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

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u/Lisa_Miller19 7d ago

awesome!

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u/Serenitysister01 7d ago

ADORABLE!!!

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u/pattyswag21 7d ago

Great job

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u/dataminingisbad 7d ago

SHARE THE PATTERN BC IM IN LOVE

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u/CrackedOwt 7d ago

Slaaaay SLAAAAAAy. periodt

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u/The4leafclover1966 7d ago edited 7d ago

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 7d ago

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 7d ago

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 7d ago

So cute 🥰

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u/barbaramillicent 7d ago

Girl that is cute as hell I love this

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u/TwanandOnly 7d ago

Cuuuuute!!

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u/DragonCat88 7d ago

That’s so cool!

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u/purpleypopsicles 7d ago

Love the colour and pattern looks awesome

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u/VodkaAndHotdogs 7d ago

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 7d ago

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

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u/NessieAlways 7d ago

That is cute af!

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u/AlonsoD 7d ago

Rip the dms. Love the flower pattern!

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u/joubledumper 7d ago

I love those flowers. Fantastic work

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u/meldiane81 7d ago

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

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u/PharmaDiamondx100 7d ago

Fantastic job!

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u/bluetrood 7d ago

That's beautiful!!!

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u/StackKong 7d ago

It's so cute, I love it.

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u/Fated2B 7d ago

Adorable 🥰