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Gold Floral Alison swimsuit

Added Jul 23, 2009

by digitalgeisha

Kansas City, Mis...






I used a serger on this swimsuit, and it was my first time using a serger and this was definately a fun and educational project. The lycra is pretty slick!!! The instructions to Alison were kind of vague, so if you make this pattern, I would suggest gathering the bust piece a total of 4 inches (toward the lower half of fabric). Also, I would sew the pieces in this order.

  • 1. Sew all straight pieces first. I went ahead and cut some leg binding pieces and after I got them on wished I had left the pattern as is!
  • 2. Pin center ring half way between bust piece and then sew the bust to front swimsuit.
  • 3. Sew front swimsuit to back swimsuit.
  • 4. Pin back ties between front of suit and the longest binding strip. Measuring this so that the neck straps were even was a little tricky, so just beware.
  • 5. I sewed the 2 crotch pieces together first. Then sew the crotch to front and back pieces.
  • 6. Sew leg bindings on if you choose to make them. I cut a long piece and sewed it to the body then to itself and cut off the excess.

I also went to the thrift store and got a cheap swimsuit and harvested the hardware. I used it on the neckstrap since there didn’t seem to be enough fabric to actually tie it. There was an excess of fabric to tie the back strap, but I suppose you could use a clasp for that as well

All in all, I think it turned out pretty cute! Happy sewing!

Material Notes

Chlorine-resistant Lycra spandex I ordered off of Ebay.




Garment Type
Beach, Vintage

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    Jul 25, 2009, 03.50 PMby stephiaffi

    I really like it! The fabric is very cool!

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    Jul 24, 2009, 11.34 AMby paulajean

    Nice!! What a great fabric and fit! Hope you’ve also sewn a classy beach bag to compliment it!

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    Jul 24, 2009, 09.12 AMby kquade

    great job! i made a swim suit just recently and it didn’t turn out the way I’d planned, haha. Yours looks lovely. You should think about putting those steps into a how-to, i think it your improvements on the intructions might get a little more attention there, for longer, and it would make it easy to find when searching the pattern. just a suggestion!

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    Jul 24, 2009, 07.24 AMby re3ecca

    Amazing retro-looking lycra – great eBay find! Good work too… I’m still not brave enough to attempt anything with this much stretch. I’m sure when I do that your tips will come in handy. How kind you are.

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    Jul 23, 2009, 07.23 PMby judeb

    You did a great job on this, it looks great and thankyou for the extra instructions.

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