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Adventures in Alison- The Mamadiosa Redux

Added Jun 12, 2011

by Lucha Suarez

Denver, Colorado...






This is the Alison bathing suit. I have wanted to make it since it came out and finally decided to test my chops with swimwear and go for it. I made quite a few changes so that it would fit my vision.
First I made the body pieces longer because I have a longer torso and one piece bathing suits never fit me well because of it. The next thing I did was draft a whole new piece in the front to give the suit a dress look. I made the piece longer than the suit so that I could gather up the sides to create a ruching affect. After all is said and done, if I made this suit again, I would have made this front panel even longer so that it would come down lower and cover my lady bits better! I also would have lined this front panel so that it was more substantial. I did line the back with the same fabric and I split the back into 2 pieces with a center seam as to take away a bit from the uni-butt look. I raised the back up and eliminated the center back strap. I added a bra to the bust. I just cut the back straps off of a straples bra and threw it in there. It is well padded, but in my defense, I have had 5 children and my bust is small and sad, it needed a lift. I ripped up the bust quite a few times and in the end I didn"t bind the bust but sewed on the strap to the back and side bust just by laying it on top and top stiching with a 3 step zigzag. Before I sewed it to the bust I tried it on and pinned the hell out of it so it would fit right, and it is still a little big in the bust, but not enough for me to rip it up again. The strap I made a bit longer of course. i lined the crotch with t-shirt remnants, and I sewed the whole thing up with a 3 step zig zag, didn’t use my serger once.
Well that’s it, that is my adventure in Alison.
P.S. please don’t laugh at my pale legs!

Material Notes

red shiny swimwear fabric.




Garment Type

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    May 21, 2013, 06.16 AMby Cookiez777

    Hello! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your version, and I wanted to ask, how did you “draft a whole new piece in the front to give the suit a dress look” ? I would really like the dress look as well, but just have no idea on how to change that so that it looks that way!

    Thank you! You look beautiful!

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    Jun 8, 2012, 12.08 PMby Tegan J

    Love it. I’m trying to make Allison with the longer front (see :http://www.pinupgirlclothing.com/the-hello-sailor-bettie-one-piece-swimsuit-from-pinup-couture.html) like you did. What did you sew the crotch piece to? Obviously to the sides, but then is it free in the front? I was thinking I would sew it to a lining.

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    Apr 24, 2012, 06.07 AMby chelseacraft

    Stellar! Most excellent. Rosie the Riveter goes Marilyn Monroe. You go girl!

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    Aug 17, 2011, 07.55 PMby threadsquare

    Hot damn, mama! Hope you don’t mind me saying that, but you look great, and the suit looks great! I’ve had this pattern on the back burner for a while, WILL tackle it some day (if you promise not to laugh at my pasty legs… they’re blinding!). This is just stunning. What is a 3-step zigzag? Do you recommend this over serging?

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      Aug 17, 2011, 08.21 PMby Lucha Suarez

      Lol! Thank you! I will take the complement gladly! I do reccommend a 3 step zigzag, for me it results in better seams, no waviness. A 3 step zig zag is a zigzag stitch with 3 stitches on each side ofthe zig zag, instead of just one big stitch on each side.

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    Jul 12, 2011, 09.40 PMby denecier1

    I think you look Great! Oh, and so does your fab suit! LOL

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    Jul 4, 2011, 11.52 PMby Irina Schwab

    Yep! Looks great!

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    Jun 16, 2011, 05.47 PMby mshell

    I found that no one pattern works for the suits I have made. Great job making it work for you. That’s the beauty of making your own suit. Right?

    BTW, 5 kids and you look like that? Sister, you got it goin’ on.

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      Jun 17, 2011, 04.13 AMby Lucha Suarez

      Thank you soo much!
      I hope you find a pattern soon, atleast one you can adapt to your vision!

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    Jun 14, 2011, 02.31 AMby jrosebud

    omg i totally love the outcome!! beautiful color and it looks great on you! u have inspired me to stop procrastinating n start on mine :-)

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      Jun 14, 2011, 02.35 AMby Lucha Suarez

      Thanks! You should totally make one, it was not as scary as I thought it was going to be!

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    Jun 14, 2011, 02.30 AMby marloncosta


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    Jun 13, 2011, 05.45 PMby peaches2218

    This looks fabulous on you, and the slight sheen in such a rich red is gorgeous. You will most definitely turn heads this summer! Enjoy it!

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    Jun 13, 2011, 10.58 AMby poppykettle

    I think you look totally fabulous – and I adore the red-ness and the sheen of your fabric!

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      Jun 13, 2011, 01.10 PMby Lucha Suarez

      Thank you, I have a red obsession!

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    Jun 13, 2011, 05.45 AMby cambra

    this is fabulous, the color is stunning and you look so good in it! I tried the allison a while back but as I’m a little fuller chested (no kids yet, so we’ll see how long that lasts!) and the original pattern didn’t work for me at all. I will have to try your strapless bra idea!

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      Jun 13, 2011, 01.10 PMby Lucha Suarez

      You should try it! It made a world of difference! The bra had a good amount of padding too for that extra lift! For a bigger bust though, you probably wouldn’t need the padding, just a bra with formed cups and underwire. I didn’t seperate the cups either, i left the bra intact except for the back straps.

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    Jun 12, 2011, 10.56 PMby anniekmcn

    Looks stunning! Where did you find the beautiful red fabric?

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      Jun 12, 2011, 11.02 PMby Lucha Suarez

      Thank you! believe it or not, I got it at Joanns!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was pretty expensive, but I had a 50% off coupon! I bought 2 yards for like $15 and have plenty left over that I will make my daughter a swimsuit with!

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    Jun 12, 2011, 09.34 PMby Debby H

    You look beautiful in it and the colour is fab too.

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      Jun 12, 2011, 10.57 PMby Lucha Suarez

      Thank you so much! I love red, it makes me feel glamorous, and matches my favorite shade of lipstick!

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    Jun 12, 2011, 09.22 PMby Olivia Anne

    love it and it looks amazing on you!

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    Jun 12, 2011, 09.00 PMby michbee

    Absolutely stunning! Great colour choice – suits the style perfectly. I’m just beginning my sewing adventures, but I may just remember this one day… x

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    Jun 12, 2011, 08.31 PMby NeederMoo

    I love it! I really want a swimsuit like that. It reminds me of Esther Williams from old movies.

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      Jun 12, 2011, 10.56 PMby Lucha Suarez

      Thank you, I was going after an old hollywood feel!

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    Jun 12, 2011, 07.46 PMby mojo elgin

    looks great! (i wish my five kids would have left me looking so good…)

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      Jun 12, 2011, 10.56 PMby Lucha Suarez

      Lol! thank you! I run around after them alot to stay in shape, but alas, there are some things that exercise will never fix, sigh……

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    Jun 12, 2011, 07.05 PMby tranquiltornado

    You did a great job, love the skirted look, I have a long torso too and hatee not being able to find a one-piece! Dying to try this pattern but have no idea how to sew stretch fabrics well yet!

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      Jun 12, 2011, 10.55 PMby Lucha Suarez

      Thank you! You should try your hand at sewing stretch, it’s not that difficult, especially with bathing suit knits, they are more stable than others. just remember to use a stretch or zig zag stitch.

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    Jun 12, 2011, 06.56 PMby janene

    This is stunning. I have yet to attempt swimwear but I should really because I have never owned a good fitted one-piece. Thank you for the inspiration. You look amazing!

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      Jun 12, 2011, 07.04 PMby Lucha Suarez

      Thank you sooo much for your nice comment! You should totally make one, it was a nice project!

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    Jun 12, 2011, 06.13 PMby frkbustad

    It looks great! I love the shiny red colour. Great fittings and adjustments also!

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      Jun 12, 2011, 06.53 PMby Lucha Suarez

      Thank you! It was actually pretty fun to sew up!

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