As soon as I saw the sketch of Violet I knew it was the swimsuit for me this season.
I have not worn a full piece in about a decade. I tend to go for tankinis or high waisted bikinis (you can check out my Laela Jayne Isla swim make from last summer here). Because let's be real the ease of bathroom visits that tankinis provide is quite nice.
But Violet had me at ruffles and the low scoop back option well sort of tag teamed.
So, here I am a sewing enthusiast, mama, blogger when I want to be, not super model, once again putting on a bathing suit for others to see. *eek*
The Violet has a few optional features to make it very much your own unique suit including-
- ruffle detail
- high or low back
- side cutouts
- built in bra
- two pattern piece top (great for color blocking)
- arm and neckline binding (also fun for color blocking)
I purchased this navy and cream swim knit from Fabric.com last summer and have been looking for the perfect swim suit to feature it ever since. And Violet was just the classy gal for the job.
Of course I kept it simple and did not color block, I wanted it to have an air of simplicity *I know weird that I believe ruffles are simple).
And in addition to the stripes I was excited to add the flirty ruffles to highlight the front faux wrap and of course the low scoop back. My cousin might tell you I'm a bit ruffle obsessed but they make everything so fun.
Both features give my suit the bit of special I look for when I decide to dedicate a few hours creating pieces to add to my wardrobe.
I mean come on -
the back and ruffles together brings a bit of perfection to a modest swimsuit that helps me feel great while at the pool, beach or pond. Even when I'm doing more chasing than lounging.
I will say that I have found the Violet to go on and off easily although that is normally my biggest concern when wearing a full piece. That being said mine is a smidge less stretchy vertically on the front because I added a layer of power mesh on the entire front.
Power mesh is great for keeping everything in place and looking smooth but I lost some vertical stretch. Next time I'll add a panel of power net only to the mid-section and attach it to my front lining. That way I get the support but keep the stretch.
My favorite features-
I like the overall coverage it's modest but the seat is a touch cheeky if you noticed in the photo above
It's sassy with the deep back scoop
Love the flirty ruffle *because we learned earlier I'm obsessed
Who would this be perfect for?
Anyone who wants a bit of modesty without compromising on fun and flirty details
What I've heard from friends?
"What you made that!"
"Wow I love the cut"
"Can I have one" - my reply, "Yes, for $275 I would be happy to make you a custom suit"
What my hubby said after I paraded in above bathing suit for hours, "That bathing suit was nice." He's a man of few words and the fact he noticed me wearing a swimsuit says a lot since it was during the US Open at Erin Hill over Father's Day weekend.
Want to check out Violet and other Laela Jeyne patterns the website link is here (please note that it's an affiliate link. What does that mean? It means that if anyone who clicks through a link makes a purchase I receive a small payment for sharing patterns I love to sew up).
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Happy summer sewing!