My old swimsuit was bought from Land's End about 10 years ago, and has served me well, but the time had come to replace it. The latest edition of Ottobre Woman had a great pattern for a Tankini which I wanted to try. I was wary though....Would I be wasting my time, and would I look like crap in it....Ottobre are very good at showing their designs on real women, but the swimsuit was only shown on a mannequin....I took a chance. I had some inexpensive swimsuit fabric which I bought on ebay from In Fashion Fabrics. It is sold as dancewear fabric, but it seems fine to me. I have made Maeve a swimsuit in it too, in Navy. The colour of mine is Niagra.(I think!)
I made a couple of changes...I made a bigger bra part...for obvious reasons, and the pattern told me to. Well basically, it said if you have big boobs make a bigger size bra...same thing.
I also made the legs slightly longer on the shorts. I did not want a bikini style bottom, nor did I want short that cut in, so I added a doubled piece of fabric to the bottom...the lower legs make up for the lower top...I hope!
Apolgies in advance...it was cold!
No modeled photos of the bottoms...not a hope!
I made the straps differently to the pattern. I added them later, hence the seam at the shoulders. I think this style is better for me. The original pattern was Halter-neck, I made them criss-cross type things.....a word to the wise...do not pin the straps on, and put the top on to see how it looks, and then try and pull it off over your head...you will stick pins in yourself! Get someone to help you with this.
I wore it swimming everyday on our holiday. It was great....we were only splashing about with the kids, but I felt good in it (well as good as I ever do in a swimsuit!)
The whole thing is completely lined and it weighs 13oz...yes I did weigh it..!
If you are not a subscriber to Ottobre and would like to sew something like this, Amanda over on Kitschy Coo has done a tutorial on how to make your own Pin-up Swimsuit. It is fantastic, and free!
Good swimsuits are very expensive, but fabric can be bought quite cheaply, and it really is not difficult to sew.