For my first attempt, I found the Abigail swimsuit pattern by Ohhh Lulu. I’m a huge fan of their undergarment patterns, so I was excited to see a bathing suit available on their website.
I made one version (too tight!) and while this, my second try, felt like it fit better, it doesn’t look very flattering. The style calls for the back to dip a bit, with a strap across the back.
My back flub was bulging a bit more than I would like (and these two are the very best photos–my ego couldn’t handle posting the mediocre and bad ones), and the butt wasn’t quite as full-coverage as I would like, despite some pattern tweaking. At the end of the day, while a super adorable style and good drafting/ instructions, the Abigail suit just isn’t the style for me.
Back to my TnT 1970s swim suit pattern (McCalls 5036, which, if you can get your hands on it, you should buy. The construction is super clean and there are so many options!) Thankfully, I had enough fabric to make a 3rd suit, with addition of a bit of a black and white diamond print for the bodice.