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
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!
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
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
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.