An oldie but a goodie. A couple years ago I picked this pattern up at a thrift store in a size 10, cuz that’s what they had. I decided that my trip to Austin and Vegas would be a perfect time to dust this pattern off and give it a go. I was so obsessed with it when I finished that I packed this suit and another two top but no other bottoms. Which didn’t work out well since nothing else of God’s green earth could match this pattern.
This was very easy to put together and much quicker than I thought. This is actually my second version. The first was made with a super cute black and white hounds tooth pattern fashion fabric that ended being up too stretchy and thin. So I went and splurged ($10yd) on a fabric at Michael Levin’s after going to Mood on the west side and spending some time around downtown. A good swim fabric is HARD to find. I am not in love with the fabric but it was good enough to make due and seemed to be thick enough to keep the structure and hide certain things (you know). Unfortunately swimsuits are one of the most difficult items to make. Not because of the patterns but because the fabric, linings, trimming and closures all have to be SPOT ON for it to not only look fabulous but also for the suit to function properly. This get up is fantastic for sitting poolside or floating in the pool but inappropriate for diving or swimming aggressively.
See the full review here and below.
Vintage style bathing suit, view E.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Easy to follow and surprisingly quick to put together.
Stretchy knit swimsuit fabric from Michael Levin downtown LA. $10yd and I used one yard.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I cut the waist high instead of adding an additional waist band. I lined the waist with 1″ athletic elastic and the legs and top with clear ‘bathing suit’ elastic (that is how is was labeled and sold at Walmart). The bra liner was left unsewn at the side seam so I can slip a bra liner in and out. I don’t like neck ties, they are bulky and uncomfortable, so I bought a gold slip ring at the leather store and sewed a fixed neck length. The bottoms have a high cut leg and wide cut bottom, so I may lower the leg and narrow the butt on the next round for a more modern look.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, however sewing athletic wear is difficult and very rarely do I find a way to make it tight enough to stay on but not so tight that it doesn’t cause fat rolls. The elasticity of the fabric, elastics, straps and closures are all very difficult to dial-in. Throw on top of that the weight of fabric wet or the drag through a pool while swimming and you have a recipe for nipplegate. This is a great bathing suit for sitting at the pool and relaxing, I just can’t think about diving or actively swimming. Maybe a smaller size and thicker fabric would make it better for active swimming.
Cute for poolside and floating in the pool, which is all I usually do on vacation.