This bathing suit feels like one of the sweetest victories for me. I had originally wanted to make the Esther swimsuit from Vintage Made Magazine, but as I read more about it, I realized it was too advanced for me right now. I went on a hunt for a vintage feeling bathing suit that would challenge me, and also not make me feel utterly defeated. The Vernazza two piece from Friday Pattern Company was the perfect choice! And an added bonus is that 5% of all their sales go to charity. The Vernazza two piece gives back to the ACLU. Each pattern donates to a different organization and I think that is so beautiful. I will be buying many, many more patterns from Friday Pattern Company.
While I love the style of the bathing suit, I knew my fabric would be a big factor in making my Vernazza have a more vintage vibe. I found my fabric on fabric.com. The second I laid eyes on it, I knew it was the one. Love at first sight. They are out of it now, and I feel so lucky I was able to snag some of it. The colors – the shapes – everything about it is so wonderful to me.
Sewing the suit was shockingly easier than anticipated. A huge thank you to Friday Pattern Company for posting video tutorials on sewing the elastic. Without the videos, I would have been so lost. I finished the bottoms in an hour, which for me is amazing. I was so thankful to walk away from this project encouraged and fully wanting to make more swimsuits.
The second it was complete, I threw it on and danced around. This moment meant a lot for me – feeling free to move and dance, without any shame, in a bathing suit I made. Since January I’ve been regularly working out. While my body hasn’t drastically changed, I have felt more confident in my body than I ever have in my life. I flex for people without them asking, and my muscles (while beautiful) aren’t that big :). I also took a massive dive into a lot of inner work this summer. For the first time I’m starting to see in myself what I always wanted other people to see in me. I see me and it’s enough. I’m thankful I get to be me. So when I threw my bathing suit on, I just beamed at myself in the mirror, so proud of the woman I’m becoming – knowing all my imperfections, no longer seeing them as imperfections and just thinking how beautiful I am.
I felt like a force to be reckoned with when I put my Vernazza two piece on, so you best believe I want to make another.