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Alison Swimdress/ tankini

Added Jun 17, 2009

by ginabean

Ada, Michigan, U...






I took the Alison bathing suit pattern, opened up the bottom and extended it. Getting the right hem shape was tricky, since it was shorter in the back at first! Anyways, I think I might get some cool beads to sew onto the top. I even bought some cute retro sunglasses to complete my look :) Keeps my covered and still stylish!

Material Notes

Lyrca… pattern I originally didn’t like, but it grew on me.




Garment Type
Beach, Vintage

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    Jun 11, 2013, 09.00 PMby PinupGal

    Are you kidding me? This is by far the cutest bathing suit I have seen in the longest time. Girl you nailed it!! I love it and you have inspired me to try my hand at your version! Can you please tell me what changes you made to the back strap? It looks different than the pattern. thanks and happy swimming :-)

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    Nov 11, 2010, 12.26 AMby Maureen Kubisz

    Very creative and beautiful!

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    Jun 21, 2010, 08.08 PMby swimwearplace

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    Jun 15, 2010, 07.03 PMby lbmet

    Brilliant! The fabric pattern is perfect for the swim dress.

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    Jun 6, 2010, 08.30 PMby shamaram

    how did u extend it?

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    Feb 23, 2010, 06.35 PMby macoskrm

    where did you find that fabric? i love it!

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    Feb 1, 2010, 03.02 PMby austenut

    This is ridonkulously cute! I’m feeling inspired. Any rough guides as to how long you extended the bottom? I’ve got these thighs, y’see… :D

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    Jun 28, 2009, 10.14 PMby sewingbecky


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    Jun 19, 2009, 09.16 AMby safemme

    Amazing! I abslutely love this!

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    Jun 18, 2009, 09.17 AMby wiseeyes


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    Jun 18, 2009, 08.17 AMby jj1

    This is so fantastic. What a great idea. What did you do with the bikini part? Is it a seperate piece or built in?

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      Jan 26, 2010, 08.22 PMby ginabean

      yes! I took my favorite bikini bottoms and copied them to make a matching pair that goes under the swimdress.

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    Jun 18, 2009, 04.50 AMby dkocsis45

    Great swimsuit! good idea to make it a swim dress.

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