Rad Patterns: The Super Suit

So unfortunately I fell behind in posting my own swimwear items on my blog on Friday… I have bad time management skills apparently, ha, I work fulltime outside the house so my sewing time is extremely limited. Luckily I’m partly in charge of this tour so I’ve unofficially extended the tour, lol.

Originally I was just going to sew a swimcover up, because well, I hate the swimsuit I own so I figured it would be good to cover it up, ha. AND I didn’t actually want to see a picture of me in a swimsuit. But I decided to go for it when I saw the Rad Patterns suit.

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I received a copy of the Rad Patterns Super Suit for free in exchange for doing this post. All opinions are my own of course.

I love this style of swimsuit. It’s very vintage-y. So even though I’m not comfortable in swimsuits I decided I needed to sew one for myself. Makes sense I know…

So, today I’m showcasing the Rad Patterns Super Suit*. I only got a couple decent pics because it was threatening rain and hubby’s foot is in a cast and he’s not the most patient photographer even on a good day. Hopefully I will get some slightly better ones soon on a better weather day.

The pattern has sooooo many options: one piece or two pieces; brief or boy-short or skirted; the bottoms can be low rise, high rise or extra high rise. The top can be strapless or with straps.

I decided to sew a two-piece with the high rise boy-short bottoms. I actually cut out the straps to add to the top but haven’t added them on yet. I had counted on not having much torso showing, but hadn’t thought I’d be showing so much skin above the bikini top. I need the straps just for my comfort levels for the illusion of more coverage if not for the help of keeping the top stay up. It does stay up on it’s own as is but I can see a wardrobe malfunction happening if the kids are around and they start grabbing at me to pick them up or something.

I love the full bum coverage! Nothing is peeking out in the back.


Clearly I’m no swimsuit model but I try to remind myself that not many people are.

The great thing about sewing your own two-piece is that you can mix and match sizes easily. For the top I sewed a XL with the larger cup size and a L for the bottoms.

The pattern doesn’t mention inserting swim cups but I decided to add them. I also added a layer of power mesh which helped give some extra support to the top as well. (I added the power mesh to the bottoms as well to help hold things in too, lol). Next swimsuit I make I will follow Jess of Gracious Threads’ instructions on inserting an underwire for even more support. I wasn’t able to order the wire channelling in time to sew the suit up, so next time!

I did find that the leg opening was a little tight around my thighs when I was pulling them on but ok when they were pulled on completely though. So for my next suit I will try grading out very slightly near the leg opening.

Pattern: Super Suit* by Rad Patterns

Price: $10 (US)

Size sewn: XL top with larger cup and L bottoms high waist option with boy short cut

Options: Tons of variations. See image at the top of the post.

Fabric: Swim knit, lining and cups purchased from Club Tissus, power mesh was in my stash but I believe I purchased it from imagine gnats a year or so ago.

And now, the prizes!!

There’s still time to enter Friday’s daily prize! 2 PDF patterns of choice from Rad patterns*  AND $50 (CAD) store credit to Water Tower Textiles (if the winner lives outside Canada, Water Tower Textiles will ship the winner the fabric of their choice. Canadian winners will be provided with a coupon code for $50CAD). Enter through the Rafflecopter below. The more options you do the more chances you have to win!! This Rafflecopter closes July 1st at 11:59pm EDT.

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And for the Grand Prize!

You could win: $25(USD) gift card to Phat Quarters  AND $100(AUD) gift card to Boo! Designs AND $20(USD) gift card to Simply by Ti AND Swim Super PDF pattern bundle from Made by Jack’s Mum (consists of four patterns)

Enter through the Rafflecopter below AND for bonus entries post a photo of a swimsuit you’ve sewn this month (June 2017) following these guidelines:

  1. Post your *sewn* swimwear photo on your Instagram account and include the hashtag #TheSwimsuitEditionTour and tag @luluandceleste @deborahzaleski
  2. REPOST the contest pic found here
  3. For an extra entry tag @phatquarters @simplybyti @boodesigns_kristie @madebyjacksmum in your swimwear pic

Closes July 2nd at 11:59pm EDT. For full details >> Swimsuit Edition Tour Prizes and Instagram Contest

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