Saturday, June 4, 2011

Mosaic Maillot



Hey guys!  I had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, and I hope you did too!  While I was away, I had boyfriend take a couple shots of me in the suit I finished last week.  I'm so excited about it!  Here are all the details.  I'm going to adopt the "The Facts" section from The Sew Weekly because i like it so much and I think it's a great way to keep track of how much I spend!


Fabric: Spandex/lycra swimsuit fabric from Hancock Fabrics.
Pattern: Stretch & Sew 1362, View A ($9)
Year: 1992
Notions: Lining, 3/8" and 3/4" wide elastic, bra cups
Time to complete: About 5 hours
First worn: May 2011
Wear again: Definitely!
Total cost: About $30



I've been wanting a one-piece for a long time, and I spent way too many hours lusting over suits from Anthropologie that were way out of my price range.  I'd seen a couple handmade suits around the Internet and I figured it couldn't be that hard!  I found this pattern on Etsy from seller Patterns New 2 U.  I did View A, which has a crossover gathered bodice and tie, choice of high medium or low leg openings (I chose low) and a low back.  



The suit couldn't have been easier to put together!   I cut out the pieces one night and sewed it up the next.  The directions are really easy to understand and they include instructions for making alterations, but I didn't need to do any.  I cut a size 36, which exactly matches my measurements, and it fits perfectly.

I traced the pattern pieces first so that I can use the pattern in different sizes later.  (It includes bust sizes 30 to 46.)  I opted for bra cups instead of just a bandeau bra, and although I was initially worried about View A not having a crotch lining piece, the way the front wraps around makes the whole front piece double layered.  



I was also worried about sewing in the elastic, but it was a breeze!  I took the advice of Patternreview.com member Tessa and used a stretch stitch for seams, a wide zigzag for stitching on elastic, and a short zigzag for sewing the elastic once it's turned under.  


I can't say enough good things about this pattern and I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to try their hand at making a custom swimsuit.  My absolute favorite part is the low back.  I think it's so flattering!  I wore it multiple times over the weekend and I didn't have any problems.  Still, I'll probably hand wash it rather than throw it in the washing machine.

4 comments:

  1. That is so lovely! I'm impressed with your sewing skills as your swimsuit looks flawless. Great job :)

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  2. Brilliant job! I agree with Cecili - it looks flawless!

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  3. really loving your swim suit. I have to make one for this summer, just need to get around to doing it. I particularly love the back section! nice work

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    1. i need to know what size needle or kind of needle you used. thread also. I cannot get my machine to sew on spandex. the suit looks lovely.

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