Maternity Alison Tankini
Added May 30, 2009
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I’ve been slightly appalled by the price of Maternity swimsuits. Seriously, the piece is only wearable for 4-6 months! I bought the bottom at Target ($19.99 for just a bottom!) and bought a yard of swimsuit fabric for $6.
I took the Alison pattern and chopped off the crotch portion, added about 4" length (I’m super long waisted!), added 1 1/2" to the side seam of the front piece (altering out the waist curve), and cut the front piece so it was slanted on the fold to add an additional 5" to the bottom width. This will fit probably for the next month or so, but I’ll have to make a second top to finish out the summer. I’ll add 2" or more to the bust panel width (it’s definitely drafted for an A-B cup) and will probably add a swimsuit bra for more support in addition to adding more twin belly ease.
The instructions on this pattern are really in need of rewriting! They seemed especially vague if I were to make this suit as a one piece. Some how I misunderstood that I was supposed to gather the cups along the outside. Perhaps I would have had more room for my bust then?
Anyone interested in a visual how-to when I make this top again for a larger maternity size?
Liz Lange maternity for the cute swim skirt.