Bombshell Swimsuit Pattern
Fabric and Supplies
Swimsuit lycra and swimsuit lining
45" / 1.14m
0-8 = 1.5 yd/1.4m, 10-16 = 2yd/1.8m, 18-20 = 2.25yd/2m
60" / 1.5m
0-8 = 1 yd/1m, 10-16 = 1.5yd/1.4m, 18-20 = 2yd/1.8m
0-8 = .5yd/.5m 10-20 = 1 yd/1m,
- 4 yards 1/4” rubber or “swimwear” elastic
- Needles designed for “stretch” fabrics
- Polyester thread
- Measuring tape
- Chalk pencil or other marking tool
- One pair of foam cups (optional)
Sewing level: Intermediate
Sizes: 0 - 20 (see our sizing chart here)
Instructions: English or French
Print at Home File (Letter & A4): 32 pages, sizes are not layered.
Copy Shop/A0 File: 2 pages (36" x 48"), sizes are not layered.
- PT 1: Materials Requirements
- PT 2: Prepping Pattern Pieces
- PT 3: Cutting Fabric and Gathering Back Pieces
- PT 4: Preparing the Front Lining and Bust Ruching for View A
- PT 5: Gathering Your Front Fabric, Assembling the Front and Back
- PT 6: Inserting Elastic into Leg Openings and Finishing View C
- PT 7: Making a Bikini Top to Wear With View C
- PT 8: Finishing View A
- PT 9: Finishing View B
Pattern Hacks & Inspiration
From the Closet Core Patterns Community
I was so pleased with how much easier this bathing suit was compared to others. I was able to finish it in two evenings and came together fairly easily. I received a lot compliments on it and I felt comfortable wearing it on my vacation where I spent a lot of time at the pool. I didn't make too many modifications other than bringing the halter top closer so it would be a bit more modest but it wasn't really necessary. I also eliminated the inside seams for the lining by cutting on fold. I didn't have to made any adjustments to my sizing and went off the measurements on the pattern. I also made the bottom for another bathing suit top I made previously and that one came out great too. I will definitely make this again.
J'ai fait 3 maillots à date, avec beaucoup de plaisir! Le premier était un peu trop court à mon goût (j'ai un long tronc) alors je l'ai donné à ma belle fille. J'ai aussi fait une petite robe soleil avec la culotte assortie. <3
I could not be more pleased with this pattern. I made the bombshell bottoms. I love that they actually are full coverage, but still super cute and unique. I went to a large resort on holiday and no one else was wearing anything like it!
The design of this pattern is beautiful, absolutely perfect. Very comfortable. I did, however, have to go up almost 2 sizes from my regular clothing to get the right fit. I personally would have liked a little more coverage in the triangles of the halter (for larger bust sizes). But I'll definitely be making another with these adjustments in mind!
This is my first swimsuit and it went pretty well. The end result is gorgeous ! I made the high waist version and hack the halter top by adding a strap underneath. The top is slighty too large though (I think I didn't stretch the elastic enough). I'm also not a fan of the raw edges inside.
I follow the French instructions at first, but switch to the English one after few steps as they make more sens. The French ones were understandable but it felt like they weren't written by a sewist and lead to errors.