Craft, stitchin' and sustainable living

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Stitchybritt makes a swimsuit

In a recent bout of heat-induced madness (it has been excruiciatingly hot in Sydney lately) I decided to have a go at sewing my own swimsuit. A few others in the crafty community were making Burdastyle's Alison swimsuit, and it does look pretty good, so I thought I would try it out.

(sewing supervisor, the Snork Maiden, on duty)

There are two reasons why I think I'm mad for trying this:
1. I have little experience sewing stretch fabrics, and
2. I never go swimming (just not a beachy person by nature)

Nevertheless I have persevered and am getting closer to an end result (which might even fit! Hooray!)

I will say, though, that the Alison pattern is troublesome to say the least. The pattern misses some important instructions and I have had to rely on some more experienced sewing peeps to help me along (many thanks Tegan, Nikki and Isabelle). If you are a beginner sewer, I probably wouldn't recommend it.

I am hoping to finish this before summer is over, so I will keep you updated!


  1. OMG this is so super cute. I love it! You are a very talented lady despite all the sewing troubles. x

  2. oh CUTE!! Ilove that fabric, and the style! Awesome!
    Pepper x

  3. I've been wearing precious little in the heat.

    good for you for accepting the stretch fabric challenge..

  4. Hey, I just found your site, and I think it's really good. Maybe when you have finished the swimsuit you could write down what you have learnt about the pattern, so that other sewists would find making it easier. Yours looks like it's coming along really well, I love the fabric.