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Reviewed by:Ms. Monica G

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Posted on:9/1/14 9:22 PM
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Pattern Rating:Easy & Great for Beginners
Filed Under: Momkini  
Fabric:Nylon-Lycra  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: A vintage 1968 Kerstin Martensson child's swimsuit pattern, for making a "Mom-kini". (A Momkini is a two piece bathing suit devised by a mother to accommodate a daughter's desire for a two piece swimsuit which provides MODEST coverage and cut.)

Pattern Sizing: 8 - 12

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Fairly easy. Although the instructions "line the suit" assume you know how to do this. I consulted a vintage Stretch-N-Sew manual for assistance.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I did not like that advice to use additional elastic at the neckline and armholes for stretchy fabric was buried near the end of the instruction sheet, without including those elastic measurements with the others on the chart provided. Otherwise I really liked it. Lots of coverage is provided, especially for the crotch. The pattern includes bust darts.

Fabric Used: nylon Lycra 4-way stretch, lined with swimwear lining.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I raised the front leg openings for better movement. I added two back darts to accommodate a small hip to round bum ratio.

Would you sew it again? I will indeed. Would you recommend it to others? Yes. It is a good pattern to use to conquer a crippling fear of knit fabrics.

Conclusion: A nice, modest straightforward pattern for a child or tween. I saw a young girl wearing this exact same model, commercially manufactured, this year, so it's a classic.

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