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 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.


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

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

  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

    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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