You might have guessed, but we’ll say it again, we LOVE sewing swimwear! The ability to customize a swimsuit to your body and your taste holds incomparable value. So we were delighted to see not one, not two, but three swimwear patterns in the Project Watercolor Beach collection! Special thanks to Kalli June Photographyfor the beautiful photography in this post.
The Viridian swimsuit pattern has so many options, and you can sew a really cute swimsuit. And then of course we hacked it into a totally different look, but more on that in a minute! The first Viridian swimsuit we sewed is a one piece. Apparently Annie has never had a one piece swimming suit? So we had to correct that situation right away. The lines of the Viridian offer a fun opportunity to add either color blocking or a ruffle. Or both!
Annie measured a size 8 around and a size 12 tall on this pattern, but the pattern has such great details about how to perfect the fit and adjust the length that we used the size 8 and followed the instructions instead of blending between sizes. And it’s a perfect fit!
The Viridian swimsuit is completely lined which makes for an AWESOME fit and adds some modesty to the suit as well. The verdict is that Annie loves wearing a one piece suit! Then late one night with leftover fabrics, we sewed a tiny Viridian Swimsuit for Tina…so she could “match!” For the one piece, we used silver on white holographic mermaid scale nylon/lycra fabric fabric from CaliFabrics and some aqua solid for the ruffle on one and black swim nylon lycra for the main on the other one.
Tina also got a one piece Viridian Swimsuit for the 70s Here Comes the Sun photoshoot! (See the photo essay in the Project Watercolor Beach lookbook. It starts on page 132, but the whole lookbook is worth your time!) She’s so in love with this pink sparkly swimsuit!
The fabric for Tina’s swimsuit is pink with gold palm trees from CaliFabrics. I used gold thread for the top stitching to make it extra extra!
Next we had to try playing around with the design to make Annie a skirted tankini. We lengthened the front bodice by 4″ and doubled the width of the band. For the racerback bodice we also lengthened it by 4″ and of course doubled the band width. On the skirt, we doubled the width of the waist band and added a ruffle to the hem. These changes created a tankini (instead of the bikini which is designed) and added the modesty Annie wanted to her suit.
The fabric on this Viridian swimsuit is Blossom floral stretch matte swim knit fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It’s the thickest, best swim knit we’ve ever worked with. Add to that the stunning beauty, and you’ve got a match made in heaven!
Buy the Viridian Swimsuit pattern here.
You can see the entire Project Watercolor Beach collection here.
Read our review of the Lemon Tee pattern here.
Read our review of the Cobalt Boardshorts pattern here.
Read our review of the Chromium Cropped Hoodie pattern here.