bathing suit, handmade wardrobe, McCalls 5036, ohhh lulu, sewing, swimsuit, vintage pattern

Two bathing suits, but only one winner

It’s been two years since I made my last two bathing suits (here and here).  I love them, but much like underwear, bathing suit sewing is addictive, so when I spotted this fabric, I had to make another.  

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.

Super full butt coverage and less visible back rolls!  Hurray!  This pattern has a center back seam, which was a pain to match up, pattern-wise.  But, it’s super functional fit-wise.
I just love the little cut out under the bodice (and, I saw the same feature on this suit at Anthro!  Mine has better butt coverage, that’s for sure!).   I used a 1/2″ clear swimsuit hook at the back neck instead of ties for a cleaner look.  
We aren’t discussing the pattern placement 🙂  
My class isn’t finished for another week, but then I step (or rather, fly) directly into vacation, so I’m ready for some beach action!  
2015 Resewlution, June garment #1+2 (not counting a pair of pants and shorts I have yet to post)

5 thoughts on “Two bathing suits, but only one winner”

  1. Looking good! I like the style of the second suit better on you and great pattern matching on the centre back seam.
    The other unmentionable pattern placement got a smile from me with the very first photo! Still it had to go there! 🙂

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  2. Love the second suit. Great combination of prints. And it looks comfortable. Beautifully done. Thanks for posting despite not liking to be photographed! You took one for the team and I am grateful. Now to see if I can find the pattern.
    Vancouver Barbara

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