Flashback: Vegas Neons

Pattern: Very modified Madalynne Noelle Bralette with high-waisted Ohhh Lulu Grace panties
Fabric: 1 yd of swimsuit lycra
Cost: $15

This month I went swimming in the Danube, but rewind back to May and I wore this little number in Vegas! Don't ask me how we ended up in Vegas so close to our big trip (and Vegas isn't even my jam!), and also how I ended up at a Punk Rock Bowling festival (ha!), but there I was and with a new bathing suit for the occasion. Thankfully we sewists can sew our own rather than shelling out $$ for a new one! 

I took the opportunity to experiment with some new-to-me styles. I had wanted to try out the high-waisted bikini, so I raised the waistline on the Ohhh Lulu Grace panties and gave them a go. They are fairly comfortable and work well in the water, though I might play with the height next time - lower perhaps? They seem to obscure the waist a bit. 

I also concocted this splashy top, starting with the Madalynne Noelle bralette. I made mine with halter ties rather than a racer back. Many of her patterns are meant to be pullover, which I find a bit hard to get on and off. Instead, I divided the strap across the back into two and secured with bathing suit hooks. 

Both fabrics are from Fabric Outlet/Cali Fabrics in SF, which always have a wide array of anything I could possibly need.

This suit is definitely worn best poolside with friends, where it tolerates lounging and water slides equally well.

Later that night, I also wore the top with a skirt out to the music festival. It was fun, but bathing suits are definitely not meant to be worn for that long!

Hope you are staying cool this summer, wherever you are!


  1. Love your little swim set. And love that it transfers to all number of outings! Your going-out antics sound like mine... though mine aren't quite so exotic! I know it sounds a bit rad, but how about making them a little higher still? It looks like they're not quite hitting the point where you go in the most. At the front, anyhows. The back is perfect!

    1. Thank you! I agree, need to play with the height a bit more. Perhaps add a bit more fabric to compensate for the fullness of the belly haha.

  2. I love this swimsuit top from the Noelle pattern, I am trying to figure out how I can mimic your alterations. Looks like you had a lot of fun wearing it!

    1. Thank you! It was a bit of a hack job but some experimenting should help!


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