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SOPHIE SWIMSUIT // STYLING INSPIRATION

I‘ve been Pinterest hoarding inspiration images for the Sophie Swimsuit for over a year. It’s kind of astounding how many ways you can interpret a cupped swimsuit, but when I started to really refine the details for this pattern I found my secret inspo boards to be invaluable. Here are some of my favourite images….

COLOUR & PRINT BLOCKING

Color blocking swimsuit styling inspiration // Sophie Swimsuit Pattern // Closet Case Files

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One of my absolute favourite things about this pattern is the way you can let your inner designer run wild and free and really have fun with print, pattern, texture and colour. I had so much fun choosing the fabrics for the many samples I ended up making. I hope you will too!

BIKINI INSPIRATION

Bikini styling inspiration // Sophie Swimsuit // Closet Case Files

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Even if you choose to go with one all over print or colour on your suit, there is still so many ways you can play around with the design, especially when the fabric is broken up in the bikini version. Why not insert knit piping (see my tutorial here) or play with stripe directions? I also love the pure simplicity of a suit in one allover subtle colour like the mint number above.

ONE PIECE INSPIRATION

Bustier one piece styling inspiration // Sophie Swimsuit Pattern // Closet Case Files

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I absolutely adore the one piece version of this pattern. It was my original starting point for the entire design and its just so classically alluring to me; it reminds me of Bridget Bardot and Sophia Loren romping around in 1960s Capri. These suits all play with style lines in interesting ways, whether its breaking up large scale prints, mixing in sheer panels, or accentuating seam lines. Go to town with it!

LONG LINE BIKINI TOP

Long line bikini top styling inspiration // Sophie Swimsuit Pattern // Closet Case Files

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The original vision for this pattern was for a long line bikini top, but it requires boning at the sides to hold it in place and I wanted to cut down on the amount of supplies you’d need. However, it’s the easiest hack in the world to turn the Sophie bikini into a long line top, and I’ll be showing you how to do it yourself soon enough.

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  • Ok. The long line option sold me on this! I even purchased a kit with the blue and white stripes! Can I make a suggestion of possibly selling kits without the fabric included so we can choose our own, but not have to hunt for all the small bits? That would be an awesome option!

    • Frankie

      Ooh! That is a good idea!

    • This might be something to consider! Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Katherine

    Did you already try a version of the one piece but with a strap at the back like the leopard one above? I was wondering if I could combine the two versions to get this and if anyone else has tried it and already worked out the issues for me

    • One of my testers has but she hasn’t posted it yet! Just line up the bikini wing with the side of the front side panel… then redraw your back piece minus the wing shape.

    • Once I test out the fit of the bikini top it is my intention to do this! I love that back hook for support and a lower cut on the back.

  • I’m loving all the florals! and the stripes, oh and the plain black ones. I can see a few different Sophie’s in my future 🙂 Any chance of a little printable just with a few line-drawings of Sophie so we can do some sewing colour-in?

    • That’s an amazing idea! I’ll get right on it.

  • Joanne Roberts

    I just finished a 1960’s bikini with underwires – check out my blog today for a pic to pin.
    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk

  • Would any special treatment be needed to make the side panels sheer?

    • Nope! I did a sample using powermesh and it looked very cool. You just need to skip the side panel lining there and serge the center panel lining into the seam.