Wednesday 29 July 2015

McCalls 5400, Retro-Inspired Swimwear:)

"Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints."

Jude 1:3

   Hello all!:) Sewing has taken somewhat of a backseat the past couple of months since we've been busy with packing/moving/unpacking. Thankfully, we're finally settled in and I'm now able to resume making stuff!

      My lovely sister, Rachel, requested a modest, yet stylish,  swimsuit some time ago, so that was first on my list! I made a modified view of McCalls 5400. She lives a few hours away, so I made a wearable muslin with this pretty floral nylon/lycra I've had in my stash for sometime now. She said the suit fit "like a glove", which I was happy to hear since I only had measurements to go by! I've since made her a lilac version, which I will write about once I get photos!:)

Reviewed on here.

    This suit, made by Rey Swimwear, was the inspiration suit Rachel sent me that she liked. I used it as a guide, taking the more prominent features that I thought Rachel would want. Such being: thick halter straps that tied behind the neck, gathered bust & circle skirt.


     This white suit is view E of McCalls 5400. I used the top for my version, modifying the pattern pieces to add a circle skirt and cutting the strap pieces as wide as the middle tie piece to make them a bit thicker.



  I left the circle skirt un-hemmed. I inserted bra cups for a little added oomph!;) The pattern doesn't include instructions to add them, so I just did my own thing, pretty much just tacking them in.

      I wish I had used a thinner lining fabric, as mine caused a bit too much bulkiness and was hard to topstitch in areas. Oh well! Turned out fine I think!



  Modest, yet stylish! Who says it has to be "itsy bitsy"?;) Til next time sewing friends! Hopefully I'll have another post soon!:) I trust everyone is enjoying their summer! xo





  1. Looks great Rikki! I love seeing your creations, they're all so wonderful! (sorry if this posts more than once...having technology issues)

    1. Thanks so much for saying so! I appreciate the compliment:)

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