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Alison the Beast

Added Nov 28, 2009

by dewreb

Tacoma, Washingt...






This project was a beast. I had never worked with a stretch stitch before, and learned that ripping out stretch stitched seams is a LOT of work. When I first “completed” it, my breasts would pop out the side, so I added bra cups, including underwire (I just cut up an old bra that no longer fit). This helped a bit, but my breasts were still sliding out the side. I realized that ideally I would take an inch or so off at the side seams, but because I had already put the straps on, this would have required a great deal of seam ripping. I ended up adding a dart up the back to pull back the front piece to help prevent my breasts from popping out.

Material Notes

Some lycra-type stuff that I got at a thrift store.




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    Aug 18, 2011, 08.26 PMby fuzzyg

    I think the back strap is needed to keep the girls in..

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    Sep 8, 2010, 06.49 PMby lisabells

    can anyone help me with how to do the crotch? the pieces don’t fit together properly, and i’m confused on how to sew them together. one is a 1/2 circle going one direction, and one is a 1/2 circle going another!

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      Sep 9, 2010, 02.35 PMby dewreb

      I didn’t understand that either, and ended up making my own crotch piece. I just kind of guessed what would fit, and it worked out okay. It’s really an awful, unclear pattern.

      Hope that helps!

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    Jun 17, 2010, 03.41 PMby bound4broadway

    Love this suit! It came out very nice in spite of your difficulties! I want to make the Alison, but I’m having trouble because the instructions are so unclear. Do you have any tips? Also I wasn’t sure where a sizing chart is.

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    Nov 30, 2009, 11.57 PMby nglalala

    Love the swimsuit!! Great job and I love the look of the dart!

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    Nov 29, 2009, 02.06 PMby kosmika

    You did a great job! the dart on the back adds a cool detail with its v-shape.. congrats to the photographer too, you look like a ’40s movie star! :)

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    Nov 29, 2009, 10.41 AMby ink

    I love this suit! It came out beautifully and I can imagine how frightening it must be to work with this material, my first attempts at jersey have been pitiful……..baaahd…….. Then on top of it to have the girls head out on you! Congrat’s for fixing the problem…I would have given up!

    Great photo’s, super cute fifties stylin!

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    Nov 29, 2009, 02.33 AMby camilaustral

    you look very good! good job!!

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    Nov 29, 2009, 12.02 AMby dewreb

    Thanks for all the compliments! I am mostly happy with the result, despite my problems along the way! If anyone starts this project and has questions, I can do my best to assist you with the answers.

    Also, thanks for the compliments on the photos! I uploaded more, but for some reason they aren’t showing up. My boyfriend loves hearing that people said nice things about his photos!

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    Nov 28, 2009, 06.47 PMby ichigogirl

    A beast, but it looks great!

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    Nov 28, 2009, 06.22 PMby fabricaddict

    It looks great and beautfiul pics, the sea looks lovely

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      Nov 29, 2009, 12.05 AMby dewreb

      Ha ha! It was quite cold doing a swimwear photoshoot during November! I kept trying to hurry my boyfriend along, as he was adjusting the settings on his camera and I was shivering!

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    Nov 28, 2009, 05.41 PMby nettie

    It looks fantastic!! The fit is great after all your hard work!

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    Nov 28, 2009, 02.00 PMby xnickerxje

    clever save on that dart!

    you look fab in this suit! It has such a great final polish to it!

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    Nov 28, 2009, 10.12 AMby nynna

    Beautiful!! =)

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    Nov 28, 2009, 08.27 AMby nenasew

    Love the end result. The bathing suit looks great on you. I love the pictures. You look like a pin up girl.

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    Nov 28, 2009, 08.08 AMby malinfjell

    Looks amazing! I really like the back part! :)

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    Nov 28, 2009, 07.17 AMby frkbustad

    Beast or not, the result is really amazing and it looks great on you!

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    Nov 28, 2009, 06.31 AMby styles

    Looks great! Well done with the daring attempt. Lycra is not the easiest material to sew with.

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    Nov 28, 2009, 05.52 AMby freakusbzzz

    Great swimsuit Fantastic legs

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    Nov 28, 2009, 04.58 AMby judeb

    Great work with your adjustment, you and the swimsuit look great

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    Nov 28, 2009, 04.18 AMby emilykate

    Well you look great! And it looks as though the girls are staying put ;o)

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