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The little she-sailor.

Added Aug 24, 2010

by silvermink

Malmö, Sweden






Den lilla hon-sjmannen.
The little she-sailor.

This summer I felt the urge to take on the challenge of making swimwear. Since I love the vintage-look, the Alison-pattern was perfect! When making this garment I was inspired by the sailor look: the navy with white details and the sailor button to keep the straps together at the back. You can’t really see the button that detailed in the pictures, but you all know the look – a silver button with an anchor on it! The alterations of the straps is made due to the unfortunate reason of me getting cramps in the neck-area when wearing a garment that ties at the back of the neck. However, I think that the outcome of this alteration is a more sailorish look!

The pattern states the level of difficulty to be intermediate, but actually I will say that it’s a bit more advanced than that.

Material Notes

swimwear-material such as lycra or viscose, and one button.




Garment Type
Beach, Mod, Preppy, Vintage

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    May 25, 2014, 06.38 AMby sewing fanatic

    what a cool naval look X

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    May 21, 2014, 01.44 AMby Carly Hayter

    this. looks. amazing! is the fabric for the straps the same lycra as the suit?

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    Jun 14, 2013, 06.59 PMby Sonriente47

    I do not understand this pattern I need more details

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    Sep 24, 2010, 08.38 PMby ruthp-1

    You said its more difficult than intermediate. How long did it take you? I live in Texas and its always time for a good swim suit :)

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      Oct 16, 2010, 10.20 PMby silvermink

      Well I had to rip a few seams a couple of times before I understand how to sew it. the instructions are not that gret. And the fabric you use for swimwear is harder to sew than “regular”. But I would absolutly recomend it anyway, it’s a fun project!

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    Aug 25, 2010, 09.13 PMby katzl

    I love the blue/white trimming

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    Aug 25, 2010, 07.24 PMby sibeli

    Jättefin! Elsker det! I’m totally in awe every time I see someone made a swimsuit, love the colours and the whole style of it!

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    Aug 25, 2010, 07.26 AMby nikotina

    it’s better then the one on the model, the design is charming and the navy blue is beautiful ! was it hard to saw this kind of fabric ?

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      Aug 25, 2010, 09.41 AMby silvermink

      It was a bit more tricky than regular cotton. But I’ve sewn a bit in knits, wich is something that I recomend before getting it on with lycra! :) Thanks a bunch for your kind words :)

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    Aug 24, 2010, 11.23 PMby zickzack

    I love the back! It looks really good and more sailorish as you say.

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    Aug 24, 2010, 08.32 PMby frankiesoup

    This is stunning! I love it!

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    Aug 24, 2010, 03.01 PMby lisamm

    The alteration on the straps looks great :)

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    Aug 24, 2010, 02.42 PMby wackyblonde

    Great job on the swimsuit. Did you line it? I have been considering making this, with alot of alterations of course.

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      Aug 24, 2010, 02.58 PMby silvermink

      Thanks :) I only lined it in the crotch, otherwise no lining!

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