Butterick 5795: DIY Animal Print Wrap Front Swimsuit

Butterick 5795 fully lined animal print swimsuit with foam cups

Hey Everyone,

Today I am sharing the swimsuit I wish I had made before we went on holiday, but didn’t. I figured I should make the swimsuit anyway once we were back, because having a great fitting swimsuit to hand is always a good thing. This was made using Butterick 5795, and this is the second time I am making this pattern. You can see all the details, including adjustments, to my first version here.

Butterick 5795 fully lined animal print swimsuit with foam cups

This new version was made using fabrics from Tessuti Fabrics. I actually purchased this fabric (and some plain black swimsuit lining) using part of the voucher I won in the Tessuti Color In Thirds Contest back in 2019. It is a beautiful quality fabric, and whilst I was worried about the fact this fabric (and the lining) are much lighter than the fabric and lining I used for my first version, both fabric and lining sewed up and have performed beautifully.

Butterick 5795 fully lined animal print swimsuit with foam cups
Butterick 5795 fully lined animal print swimsuit with foam cups

Pattern Adjustments for this Version

  • I made sure the swim suit lining at the centre front was trimmed down (by 3/8ths inch) to avoid it peeking up at the centre front, which happens with my first version.
  • I left the height of the back as is, but narrowed the front crotch by 1 inch width.
  • I lowered the armholes by 0.5 inch.
  • I slashed and spread the tummy area more to introduce more ruching further down the tummy area (an additional 3 inches of ruching added in this area).
  • I did a 1 inch sway back adjustment.
  • I cut the lining on the cross grain as instructed, but cut the swimsuit fabric on grain due to the direction of the print.
  • As last time, I did my own thing with the elastic, and measured the lengths needed for the arm/ leg openings, and removed 1.5 inches for the armholes, and 2 inches for the leg openings. I also applied the first pass of elastic using my overlocker which looks much neater, but was tricky to do. The elastic is fine, but for next time I will try and stretch it a little more at the bum area. I just applied the elastic to the neckline with a slight stretch. In my first suit the elastic was far too over stretched I feel. This suit is much better.

Overall, I am thrilled with how this turned out. It feels comfortable and supportive. My very first swimsuit (see here), the straps were attached to the body of the suit separately, with elastic inserted into the straps, and personally, I found them to be so uncomfortable. That’s one of the reasons why I prefer this suit with its cut on straps; much more comfortable and supportive. I also love the crossover style and the tummy ruching. I see more of this pattern in my future, although I have a second cut of swimwear in my stash which is bonded, which I don’t think would work for this type of style. I have a Kwik Sew pattern I might try next.

See you soon!

Butterick 5795 fully lined animal print swimsuit with foam cups

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

22 thoughts on “Butterick 5795: DIY Animal Print Wrap Front Swimsuit

  1. Your sewing is immaculate as always. Anyone who sews will know what a tricky project this must have been because this sort of fabric is hard to handle. It looks great on you – beautifully fitted and so flattering.

  2. Lovely suit, dear SewManju! As always, thank you for sharing. Looks smashing on you. God bless.

  3. I have this pattern. I keep pulling it out and have never made it
    Thank you! With summer coming to an end here in the Northern Hemisphere, this will definitely go on my mid-winter, “I can’t look at another piece of wool” sewing queue for next summer
    This looks so much better on you than on the package envelope
    Love the first pic the best…you look so relaxed

  4. It looks great and comfortable too. With summer around the corner down here I will put this on the top of my ‘to sew’ list. My daughter and her husband have bought a house near the beach, so I am sure it will be well worn 🙂
    Sam the Aussie

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