Added Aug 3, 2011
by Ellen L
Houston, Texas, ...
The bottom of this swimsuit was made from the Alison pattern. The tops were cobbled together through measurements, ideas, and awkward self-draping. I will probably make the triangle top again with some adjustments (for more coverage and better fit), but the bottoms are definitely going to become a staple in my swim wardrobe!
I don’t have a serger, so the suit was made entirely with zig-zag stitching.
Bottom: elastic at the legs, waistband at the waist.
Triangle Top: elastic on the center edge of the triangles. The straps cross and are sewn onto the band in the back. The band ties.
Strapless Top: I gathered all but about 1.5 inches on each side with a straight basting stitch at the center and covered with a 1 inch (or so) circular band, which I hand tacked onto the wrong side to keep it in place. The band is secured through a belt buckle “slider.”
Swimsuit spandex, swimsuit lining.
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