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Floral Boyleg Alison Swimsuit

Added Sep 7, 2014

by sewing fanatic

Nth Is, New Zealand






Alison – Burdastyle #BS-002/2009

I skipped using proper swimsuit material as usual, and instead I just used a purple stretch knit remnant I found in the thrift store as lining for the whole inside body, and a floral stretch polyester for a bargain from the sewing store for the outer body. The degree of stretch in the fabrics weren’t as much as I expected, so it may appear tight, and also to fit my slightly longer than average torso I had to draft a few extra inches length. Can you tell the print is upside down at the front and sideways at the back; I forgot about placement, but I hadn’t actually realised it was a subtle one-directional print while I was busy trying to use every available inch left of the remnant lol. I also added extra length to the leg openings to make a boy leg. I used zig zag stitch just fine. The purple knit can ladder due to the pulling tension if you’re not careful. I accidentally put holes in some of the edging/binding around the lower back, so I sewed the back strap in place lower, exactly over the areas I ruined. However there’s a possibility of being vulnerable to showing more side boob now lol. Location: Milford Beach

Material Notes

floral 4-way stretch poly-knit, purple 4-way stretch knit/fine ribbing, reclaimed foam bust cups from an old bra.




Garment Type
Beach, Vintage, Preppy

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    Mar 24, 2015, 02.18 AMby sewing fanatic

    I just test swum in this swimsuit down at the beach, and it felt very tight, almost like a wet suit. It actually felt warm which is good as the water was cold lol. It was hard to put on as the boy-leg openings are tight fitting, but it felt comfy to wear and stayed firmly in place. However the bust area felt like it was pulling down and ready to expose too much side boob, so constant adjustment was required. Its a little unforgiving around the belly too, so that will teach me for not sticking to my new years’ resolution diet lol. The lining was definitely needed as the fabric is pale, but it shifted around a bit. The modern material took a wee while to dry, it even felt heavy when it was sopping wet, but its probably because of the double layers.. I loved the retro feel though, it felt like I was back in the golden olden days!

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    Oct 1, 2014, 04.45 PMby melthorley

    Thats great!! Love the shape and the purple edge with the fabric, great choice!!

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      Oct 3, 2014, 05.47 PMby sewing fanatic

      thank you so much hon! i’m glad you like it, i tried to make it look retro :D

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    Sep 7, 2014, 10.01 PMby zranitelna

    what I like about your project: 1. the description is just perfect! As Mary wrote, we all have these “well, I did this and this wrong, but it´s on the inside so you can´t see it”. It´s the best way to learn things (so, the next mistake is gonna be somewhere else :)) 2. great flower print 3. pictures (especially nr. 8) – I like when there are more pictures of the projects, from different angles, because then you can see where could be the problems with the pattern and you can take notes for your own work. Great posing!

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      Sep 8, 2014, 11.00 AMby sewing fanatic

      Thank you sweety! Yay i agree its a good way to learn things, by just getting stuck in there lol. I certainly am learning heaps from the process including the mistakes. I’m glad about the print choice ,as it was less than a dollar or two but i thought it well suited to this cool pattern.. Happy to hear about the angles, and i am getting rather posey these days lol, but its heaps creative! Xx

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    Sep 7, 2014, 09.46 PMby izbott

    Its a great swimsuit & the boy leg is giving this a retro vibe. Its flattering & the color are super fun. I like that you didn’t give up & got it done. Good stuff!

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      Sep 8, 2014, 10.56 AMby sewing fanatic

      Thanx your a honey, yep I’m trying to finish what i start these days, in my youngin’ days i never used to complete things lol! Glad to hear my version has a retro colorful look X

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      Sep 9, 2014, 01.21 AMby izbott

      You are most welcome. I just found two things from when I was 19 & my mom was teaching me to sew. I must of become impatient & discontinued. I will finish it & post later. Too funny. I am happy to be older now. I do more.

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    Sep 7, 2014, 12.47 PMby liliv-1

    very nice!

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      Sep 7, 2014, 12.52 PMby sewing fanatic

      thanks so much darl, thats a mega-compliment x

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    Sep 7, 2014, 09.19 AMby Mary Athey

    This is lovely on you. We have all been there with mistakes! I have a habit of poking holes in my projects when I’m unpicking lol and don’t get me Started on size issues, I use the gung ho approach which dosn’t always work lol x

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      Sep 7, 2014, 12.52 PMby sewing fanatic

      Thanks heaps Mary, yep I also take the gung ho approach lol (& put holes in my projects too)…the only way to go!! Hahaha

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    Sep 7, 2014, 06.32 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Looks lovely on you! Great job my friend :)

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