Sewing Adventures – Alison SwimsuitBy Susan | Comments: 3 | August 4, 2015
Wow just wow, I almost don’t have words for how bad the instructions and pattern for these BurdaStyle Alison swimmers are. I expect Burda instructions to be brief and I’m fine with that as I rarely read pattern instructions to begin with. But when the pattern pieces themselves are mislabeled, missing information, have spelling mistakes and in some cases have no label at all. Well I was skeptical.
That skepticism was warranted. So I threw out the instructions, labelled the pattern pieces correctly and got cutting. These swimmers are going to be an instore sample for Pitt Trading. I work there a few days a week and they just took delivery of the most amazing collection of designer lycra.
This floral is beautiful, has a beautiful thick handfeel but with good drape and stretch. The print is on the oversize side so grab a little extra to ensure you can centre your print for maximum impact. I matched it with a contrast colour to emphasise the bust gathers and wide straps.
My lovely model here is a few sizes smaller than what I made so she isn’t filling out the bust or bottom quite right. I’m not happy at all with the wide band at the lower back gaping. I think I perhaps I need to stretch it some more or possibly it flattens out on someone with more curves?
The way I’ve added the band to the swimsuit and then up into the neck ties is not great. It looks clean but it just felt overly complex to sew. It’s one of the areas I’ll take a look at to improve construction of the next time.
Despite the pattern dramas I think it’s a really cute swimsuit. I’m hoping I get some time to write down my method of assembly so I can remember what I did when I make another pair.