I made the bottom half of my bathing suit last night (oh yes, pun intended…and to answer your question, Yes, I am that much of a dork)! I finally decided to give it a go after ages of contemplation. It turned out to be a lot easier than I first imagined, though there are still some things that I would do differently next time.
To make the bottoms I used a pair of underwear that fit particularly well and used them as a pattern. The sizing ended up being perfect (when I traced the underwear, I left an extra 1/4″ around all the sides to finish the edges with). I lined the entire thing with bathing suit lining, which I found right next to the outer fabric. For the waistband, I mimicked this bathing suit, which I have been admiring lately. This weekend I plan to make a top to go with it.
Next time I attempt this, I think I will put some elastic around the leg holes. I think that they could use some extra reinforcement to keep the whole thing in place…I can definitely see a lot of wedgies happening with this pair. If you are planning on making your own bathing suit, you might try checking out The Pattern School. I read a few pages there, and ultimately found it too complicated for what I was looking to do, but some of you may appreciate the extreme detail the site goes into. There is also a page that lists some decent places to buy fabrics for bathing suits, though I was impatient and just picked mine up at JoAnn’s.
Oh! And I should apologize for the poor quality photos…the only time I was able to take these there was really low light, which resulted in a lot of noise. Hope you can still get the gist, though.