I blame Cindy. She pointed this fabric out to me at Spandex House the last time I went there with her for Elizabeth’s meetup, and I could not get it out of my mind for my summer swimsuit. And hey, that’s why I make my own clothes. So I can have whatever I want. And I WANT A LATEX SWIMSUIT! Regardless of whether that is actually a good idea.
I thought that if I use the most boring possible tank suit pattern, it might take away from the fetish aspect. I had a Kwik Sew pattern that I got at the thrift shop a while back that would do nicely. It’s a basic tank suit pattern that is almost certainly oop at this point. I changed up the back so, instead of a regular tank suit back, there are criss-cross straps. Now the straps should stay on my shoulders better.
My first version of this suit did not come out quite right. The body needed to be 1″ longer and the neckline needed to be 1″ higher, but I did not have quite enough scrap fabric to cut another suit. If it had a horizontal seam somewhere, it would have worked, but horizontal seams in general bother me, and horizontal seams in knits make me run screaming to get away. Then this morning I realized how I could cut the back into 2, horizontally, without a seam. It was super quick to make, and fits nicely.
I wrote all of the above before I went to the pool today. After putting the suit through its paces, I am less enamored by it. My biggest fear was that it would be too hot to wear outside the pool because it’s black and the fabric does not breathe. Surprisingly, I did not find this to be an issue, possibly because I spend at least 80% of my pool time in the water. When I was just hanging out with my kids in the pool, it was fine. However, when I tried to swim laps, the water kind of bunched up in my suit in a very odd way and seemed to get kind of stuck there. It was sort of like I was wearing a down jacket, but instead of down, it was filled with water. Or maybe like I was wearing a waterbed. You know how a waterbed kind of wobbles? It felt like my swimsuit was wobbling in the same way. Not really a pleasant sensation. So, even if you really like my suit, be advised that I don’t recommend buying this fabric and making a swimsuit out of it if you intend to wear said suit for actual swimming. On the other hand, I felt supremely cool walking around on the deck in my new suit.