5 Lessons Learned from Making My Own Swimsuits

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I’ve made my own swimsuits for three summers in a row now. I haven’t bought a swimsuit since, uh, maybe college? At this point, I feel like I’ve mastered a few things, and want to share some tips and tricks.

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Birds of Parrotise Kimono Robe

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I’ve reached the comprehensive exam stage in my graduate studies. I don’t need to share the boring details, but essentially this means that I need to read a lot between now and October. Picture a stack of books from a short bookshelf to the ceiling. To squeeze all of this reading into my normal schedule, I’ve been getting up early and reading for a few hours every morning before the day really gets going. What does this have to do with sewing, you might ask? Well, when I wake up in the morning, the house his chilly and I ended up curling up under a blanket on the couch to read. Not the most conducive for staying awake. Enter the kimono robe. I made this with the explicit purpose of wearing it in the morning while reading to keep from being too chilly without needing to wrap up in a blanket.

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Grainline Studio Lakeside Pajamas

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As someone who studies the transition to adulthood, I am acutely aware of how others portray themselves as adults. I see on social media that 20-somethings are frequently proud of themselves for “adulting,” whether that means buying vegetables at the grocery store or getting their oil changed. One signature of being an adult for me is wearing real dedicated pajamas rather than that t-shirt from middle school.

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