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my homage to 50s and alison

Added Jan 3, 2010

by gillthecat

Perth, Australia






first attempt was easy enough many mistakes i hope to rectify next version, i think its nice suit shame im a fat cow,, awe well onwards and upwards even put on some lippy,, it was made out of an old maternity dress!!!




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    Feb 15, 2010, 04.30 PMby threadsquare

    I agree – great color on you! The fit is very flattering, too. Props for tackling the swimsuit! I really need to make one for myself, because shopping for a suit is he**, but making one might not be much better.

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      Feb 15, 2010, 11.20 PMby gillthecat

      its really easy i didnt really follow instuctions, i made trap longer so i could tie it,, give it a go i,, im making cindy too, it uses tons fabric though

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    Jan 14, 2010, 11.09 PMby lilybart

    Hi Gill! Am please to meet another Perth sewer! Great bathers! I’m pretty keen to make a high waisted bikini with ruffles (my boyfriend will FREAK, he can’t deal with Bridget Jones knickers). What fabric are you supposed to use? I definitely need something very elastic to suck in my gut! Is there a special “swimwear fabric”? And obviously you use your overlocker to make them, right??? I am clueless.

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      Jan 15, 2010, 02.13 AMby gillthecat

      hey im cluless too, i used an old spandex lykra dress,, you can get swimwear lycra, but i think any 4 way stretch i bought some in op shop,,,, i dont think it matters too much though as long as its stretchy,, one of the burda patterns for bikini says use jersey so , give it a go, i always make a trial one out of cheapo mayterial first ,, ididnt use overlocker, jusy a zigzag stitch hope this helps

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      Feb 15, 2010, 11.20 PMby gillthecat

      hey you know we have a burda sewing club in perth

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      Feb 16, 2010, 11.40 AMby lilybart

      I do! I meant to go to the last meet but I was a total moron and got the day wrong. Do you attend? I will come to the next one.

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      Feb 16, 2010, 12.45 PMby gillthecat

      hey there yes i go , its great small group but its always such fun, nice women, magazine obsessed we are but great diversity of talent, do come

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      Feb 19, 2010, 03.48 AMby gdac

      I like the sound of that bikini… 2 children have done no favours for my pounch! I do like the red here. My suggestion for material would be a tight knit lycra for support and to keep the shine down… but thick spandex would also do the job. I have a friend who had no idea that you could do a hi-waisted bikini…. Samantha – Sex in the City movie… game, set and match! Can’t wait to see yours

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      Feb 19, 2010, 04.12 AMby gillthecat

      13th march be there or be square x

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    Jan 5, 2010, 03.05 AMby Ana B

    You did great! Looks fab. Red looks really good on you; definately your color.

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    Jan 4, 2010, 01.29 AMby gillthecat

    thanks to everyones kind comments,, makes a girl feel quite triumphant,, next one looming already

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    Jan 4, 2010, 12.27 AMby jellybean

    Looks great. Fabulous colour on you.

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    Jan 3, 2010, 11.59 PMby judeb

    You look great, nice job of the alison

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    Jan 3, 2010, 11.46 AMby freakusbzzz

    Too groovy gill..

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    Jan 3, 2010, 11.18 AMby gillthecat

    oh god bye the way she has NOT had lipo,,, how dull,, i made this this afternoon for a laugh and its nice, bit big on top, boo hoo so im making another in nice 50 style copper lycra, was in my bag of fabric from mother in law,, the cindy one is nice too ill see how you get on with it first,,

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      Jan 4, 2010, 07.41 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Copper Lycra = HOT! Go girl ;) Just cut my Cindy so fingers crossed, might even try using my elasticator foot on the overlocker. See you on the 16th?

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    Jan 3, 2010, 10.38 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Oh Gill, it’s really very flattering, that neck line is super-licious :) Right, that’s it then, I better get on and make my Cindy suit then we’ll have a photo shoot together ;) in you neighbours new pool, hehe!

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