Sarah and Sue sew Sophie swimsuits

How’s that for an alliterative title? I’ve been hankering after a Closet Case Patterns Sophie swimsuit for a while, but really wanted to do the two piece version, so Sarah and I did a sewalong together.IMG_9992

I wore them camping last weekend, and they were perfect for wandering around in the heat and kept me fairly cool. The lycra is rather gorgeous and I obtained it from Sarah’s stash and I believe she bought it at Textile Traders.  I could only find plastic bra closures and they have an alarming tendency to break, so the top was slightly modified. IMG_9986

The wide halter was converted to thin straps , and instead of a regular closure, the back of the bra sides were sewn into two tabs through which the straps are threaded and tied in a bow at the back. This is a really comfortable way to wear the bra.


I couldn’t get any action shots as I was using my watch to activate the timer on my iphone and I would have needed to take it off to go swimming, but you get the idea.

I really think these are the most flattering bathers and I have another pair almost completed. The bottoms fit really well and I just had to make sure that the elastic round the legs was tight enough to hold me together.25CD0041-B956-4237-ADAB-52920A582B0B

This bra doesn’t have underwires but it seems to hold up pretty well, even with the narrow straps. I’m hoping to take these on a family holiday later in the year and by then I might have a whole wardrobe of them.IMG_0024


30 thoughts on “Sarah and Sue sew Sophie swimsuits

  1. I’ve been looking at this one myself. Unfortunately all I can find in the stores is the plastic closures too. So I’m going to wait a bit and see if the summer weather brings better supplies to the stores. Nice to know the it can be converted to a tie-back. Also nice to know that the pattern is a good one! Your’s looks lovely in the sunshine.

  2. Brilliant hack – I’m sure Heather Lou will love your original twist to avoid plastic closure. And the colour of your new bather is awesome. Love your photos!

  3. They look really great! Can I give a tip for sourcing bra hardware – op shops are often terrific for this. Funny cos I wouldn’t fancy buying a second hand bra but the hardware off it is another story.

  4. Its so cold here that I am feeling chilly looking at you, but aside from that craziness on my part, what a great swim suit! I can envision the fabric in all kinds of things, should it ever warm up on this side of the world.


  5. Very impressive! You look great so I can see why you intend a wardrobe of these. Was it comfortable to swim in? I tend to prefer a one piece for swimming (or wetsuit given UK temperatures!)

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