The things I do for this blog…..

I mean, seriously folks. It’s winter. And not only that, it’s only 12 degrees (53 for those of you reading Fahrenheit), and feels colder due to the lovely winds that are gusting up to around 100 km/hour.

And yet, I trudged down to a reasonably secluded beach (on the South coast, no less, just to get the full brunt of any winds coming off Antartica) with my long-suffering partner in tow to get photos.


Of a swimsuit.

A bikini, in fact.


(And that’s another thing – I never thought I’d be brave enough to wear just a swimsuit on this blog for the world to see. And yet, here I am. Clearly a few years blogging has made me a heck of a lot braver! I blame all you lot. Grrrr.)

Anyway, I present to you…. the new Papercut Soma swimsuit! (Bikini variation 1.)

Red and white Soma bikini | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Now, this is the first time I’ve ever made a swimsuit. I always kinda expected it to be tricky to do, and especially tricky to fit. Guess I was just waiting for the Soma pattern to come out because this pattern? It’s fun! And easy!! Easy to sew, and easy to fit – a complete win all ’round.

Soma swimsuit from Papercut

Soma swimsuit from Papercut

As with all the Papercut patterns I’ve made so far, the instructions are great – easy to follow, and with good construction tips and techniques that result in a great finish on the inside as well. (That bikini top? No fabric edges at all on the inside, they’re all fully enclosed. And the only ones on the bikini briefs are the edges where the elastic is covered by the swimsuit fabric for a nice, clean finish there, too.)

Red and white Soma bikini | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

The instructions call for fold-over elastic for the edging of the bikini top, and bra strapping for the shoulder and cross-back straps, all of which give a great finish and are really easy to use. (First time I’ve used fold-over elastic. Now I want to make many, many things using it, for it is fun and easy and I am now in love with it. *daydreaming of fold-over elastic….. Mmmm……*) All I had available was black for both, hence the contrast colours, but I kinda like the result anyway.

Red and white Soma bikini | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Please ‘scuse the slightly-too-large-for-me cup size – normally I would have done a SBA, but my girls are gonna grow with the whole pregnancy-then-breastfeeding thing, so I figured I may as well plan ahead and make something that I won’t be bursting out of for the next year and a half.

(In case you were wondering how I sewed this up so quickly, since the pattern was only released about a week ago – I was lucky enough to be asked to be one of the pattern testers for this collection, so it’s been sitting there waiting for me to build up the courage to get photos of it for a few weeks now.)

Red and white Soma bikini | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

I normally would have chosen bikini variation 2 (with the cute bustier style top and the high-waisted bottoms) but I’m hoping to get in a bit of swimming (in indoor, heated pools!) over the next few months to try and stay vaguely fit, so I needed something that wouldn’t stretch out of shape with the ‘baby bump’. 😉

Red and white Soma bikini | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

However, I fully intend to make the other bikini version for summer, and then I’ll have gone from owning one 15-year-old swimsuit to owning two nice, shiny new ones instead! Total win, yes indeed. 😀

Red and white Soma bikini | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

(In case you haven’t guessed yet, I totally recommend this pattern.)

Red and white Soma bikini | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Want proof that it was kinda cold during this shoot? Here’s me bundled up again straight afterwards. There’s a woolen jersey, tshirt and long-sleeved silk/merino top under that wool jacket. Only reason I didn’t have a scarf and gloves was we weren’t too far from the car. Note the hair? Yeah, it was a bit windy, too!


So there we have it, folks. Something I thought I would never be brave enough to do – wear a swimsuit. On my blog. Eek! And all in the name of sewing. ‘xcuse me while I go hide in a corner with a book now and pretend this whole event never happened….. (Well, except for the creation of my Soma swimsuit, that is, because I am rather proud of making that. 😉 )

58 responses to “The things I do for this blog…..

  1. Wow wee! What a suit! You look fantastic. I hope I can have the courage to make the one piece.

  2. Cool! Wow you are one brave lady, Wellington beaches can be treacherous on a summers day let alone this time of year (cold but awesome.. don’t get me wrong I love Wellington!). Your togs look great and I found a two piece was the way to go with a baby bump otherwise it can get a bit high cut and low cut all at once! Where did you get your swimsuit fabric from? I am super keen to try the other Soma two piece. Could you just use the ‘dance’ lycra you see in fabric shops do you reckon?

    • Thanks! 🙂

      I actually got it from a Fabric-a-brac event a couple of years ago, with the intention of making a swim suit, just took me a while to get brave enough to, haha!

      I don’t see why you couldn’t use it, as long as it was quite thick lycra? I have no idea if there is a difference though, but they seem pretty much the same thing as far as I can tell!?!

  3. I’m so impressed that you braved the weather this weekend. I’m very tempted by this pattern now.

  4. Brave brave woman. You look fantastic and I love the strap lines on this.

  5. Brave girlie to go out in that wind this weekend, especially with just that on! Love the whole design, it’s really great. You look fab.

  6. Wow! I’m super impressed: a) making a bikini, b) modelling a bikini and c) your baby bump looks So Beautiful! Congratulations 🙂

  7. OMG I can’t believe you did that, it’s been soooo cold. I’ve got a short sleeve dress that I need photos of but it’s been too cold – I admire your dedication. I love your bikini, the contrast is fab but the red is just lovely.

    • There is talk of a photo shoot in the Begonia House at the Botanic Gardens this Saturday when Juliet is in town, if you wanna join us to get warm-even-though-it’s-freezing-outside photos!

  8. Your swimming costume is terrific. Personally, I think it is too cold here, merely 25*C or so for swimmers (my excuse for not posting my own swimmers), but I am clearly a wimp.

  9. Nice! I thought I qaa the only one that had a 15+year old swimsuit. 🙂 I made my first swimsuit in January. I wi definitely check out this pattern!

    • Ha ha, I totally thought I was the only one, so nice to know I’m not! 😉 It’s rather nice to be ‘liberated’ from the horror of trying to shop for a swimsuit, isn’t it?!

  10. You look amazing! Hooray for bravery and an awesome new bikini!

  11. Bravo, you did it! And wow, in winter weather no less – so impressive! Your Soma looks amazing. It’s on my list but I have some other projects to tackle first. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thanks! 🙂

      I decided to try and look on this as my duty towards fellow sewing bloggers, put myself out there for those who wanted to see what the pattern looks like. Kinda my self-motivational speech when faced with the idea of wearing a swim suit on a blog, haha! 😉

      It’s a great pattern, the Soma. I hope you enjoy making it when it gets to the top of your list!

  12. First of all, congratulations! And secondly, that is a super cute bikini! Since the new patterns are available as PDF, I snatched this one up almost immediately and it’s gone straight into the queue! Thanks for being brave to photograph it in such chilly weather. I hope I will be brave enough to photograph mine once I’m finished. 🙂

    • Thanks! 🙂

      Oh, this pattern is so much fun to make, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! (And yes, take photos!!! Go on, if I can do it, anyone can do it! 😉 )

  13. I’m not entirely sure whether you’re brave or completely insane! 🙂 It’s been FREEZING! I’ve been wrapped up in woollens all weekend. You look absolutely stunning in this! I love the red with the black. Thanks for such dedication ❤ xxx

  14. Love it!!! I eagerly downloaded and cut out my pieces last night, but it’s summer here! You’re totally nuts, but in the best kind of way. Your bump is looking so cute, too 🙂

  15. You look amazing, the bikini looks amazing and I cannot believe how calm and beautiful you look when you must’ve been freezing in all that cold air. Bravo!

    • I must admit, I’m not quite sure how I’m looking calm, either! My photographer was under instructions to take lots of photos as quickly as possible, so I could get wrapped up warm again asap, haha!

  16. OMG, it was freezing in the weekend, it’s snowing down south, today it hailed while the sun was shining. How do you manage to look like you’re not freezing to death?! Your bikini is fantastic though.

    • I’m not sure if I was more worried about the cold or the fact we weren’t all that far from a road! Eep!!!

  17. What a Woman!!! 🙂 We ought to be back in stock of foldover elastics tomorrow too! Sadly, still only a choice of black or white, it’s all they have! 😦

    • Yay, white foldover elastic! Wonder if I could use that instead of bra strapping for the bodice style top, it’s the only place I need visible elastic for that one and black just won’t work with the red and white floral…. Hmmm….. Things to think about. 😉

  18. Wow! That is a great bikini! I am so impressed you shared a photo and went to such lengths for us! Thanks!

  19. Neither love nor money would have got me in that much skin in that cold wind, you’re crazy and/or dedicated that’s for sure! But they’re cute togs and look fantastic on you.

  20. Brrrrrrrr! But this looks really cute on you! I still need to sew mine… I chickened out when it started looking like the suit was too cheeky for me!

  21. Brave you, I am still wrapped up when it is 25C! But your bikini is really lovely, and I’d love to know your secret for easy foe, I really struggle to get a tidy finish with it

    • Oh gosh, I don’t really know if I have a ‘secret’ to reveal! First time I’ve used FOE, and it just kinda all fell into place!! (I did follow the Papercut instructions for it though – stitch one side down, then fold over and stitch the other side down. Worked a dream. I used a zig-zag to stitch the bottom side down, then a coverstitch to stitch the top side down through all the layers.)

  22. Kat, you are AMAZING!!!! I loved you before but now I love you even more – you are brave and gorgeous! I think you look stunning in your suit, and the suit itself is just fantastic!!! Once again you are selling me on these Papercut Patterns!! ^__^ (I just bought my second one by the way ;))

    • Aww, thank you! *blush*

      Ooh, which one did you get?

      I’m starting to worry my blog is getting too Papercut-heavy, I’m making up so many of them, but most of them just appeal to me so much I can’t seem to help it?!!

      • I got the Midsummer’s Night Dream dress – I loved your version and summer is coming on here so it’ll be perfect 🙂 I don’t think you should fret about your blog – make what you love (you’re the one that has to wear them after all haha); obviously they are speaking to you so I say, just go with it! ^__^

  23. You’re a very brave woman! You look gorgeous in your bikini. And that’s a lovely little baby bump you have. I’m starting to like the pattern, and am looking forward of seeing more versions popping up.

    • Aww, thank you! 🙂

      It’s a really nice pattern, and the more I see made up the more I like it, too. I haven’t spotted any versions of the longer bustier top bikini yet, really looking forward to seeing what that one looks like made up!

  24. Love everything about this post and the pictures! Great suit and even better bump!

  25. I think you look amazing in a bikini! Your bump is awesome. If you ever want to cover it up, I was given a maternity bathing suit top, I just wore it with my two piece bottoms, I could bring it next weekend, if you’d like.

  26. Oh man your selling me on that swim suit pattern, you crazy lady!
    Ps you Tattoo is AMAZBALLS!!!!

    • It’s a pretty awesome pattern, I really highly recommend it! 🙂

      Also, thanks! It doesn’t often get out in the light of day this time of year, for some strange reason. 😉

  27. you crazy thing! it feels coold just looking at you! but your new swimsuit looks gorgeous on you, so it was well worth the pain!

    • Aww, thank you!

      I’m still not quite sure how I managed to go through with an outdoor swimsuit photo shoot this time of year! 😉

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