Navy Alison Bathing Suit

Added Jun 30, 2010

by freshdaily18

Phoenix, Arizona...






I did something today that I never thought I’d do… I sewed my own swimsuit! From scratch! And it turned out ok!

I really had never sewn knits before, so this was entirely new for me. I read through my sewing machine manual, and who knew that my machine had all of the special nifty stitches that work great on stretchy fabric?!?

This pattern is cute, but the instructions were lacking for someone unfamiliar with sewing bathing suits. So I made the instructions up as I went along, and I made some mistakes as well. I ended up adding length to the body of the suit (originally 3 inches, but then it was too long— so probably around 2"), lowering the back, and making the straps longer so they could go in an X on my back.

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Material Notes

Navy Swim Suit Lycra




Garment Type

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    Apr 11, 2013, 06.27 PMby wzrdreams

    Really great back strap variation!

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    Jul 4, 2010, 03.02 AMby cantare

    oh wow this so impressive! it looks great and maybe (maybe) I’ll try in the near future!

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    Jun 30, 2010, 09.15 PMby ellaaye

    Thanks for the motivation. I looked at the instructions and doubted myself. It looks great on you and the strap variation is awesome.

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    Jun 30, 2010, 09.15 PMby mshell

    I love the back. Fantastic. I made swimwear last year for my kids and this year I made 2 for nieces. It’s not as hard as it seems. Plus, you can make something fun and great with so little fabric.

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    Jun 30, 2010, 02.56 PMby tamezdc

    I loooove the color. It turned out very nice, but although it fits you very well, it seems to minimize your breasts. Is this something you did on purpose?

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      Jun 30, 2010, 04.30 PMby freshdaily18

      It looks like that because I have a small chest… and proud of it!

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    Jun 30, 2010, 02.39 PMby fosteretalk

    It looks great on you. I hope you have a wonderful summer.

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    Jun 30, 2010, 01.49 PMby jaimesews

    Really love your strap variation… Wish I had done that on mine-great idea!

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