|Pattern Description: |
A one-piece swimsuit inspired by the suit worn by Brigitte Auber in Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief. It has shirring in the front panel, decorative trim/side panels that extend into a tied halter neck, mock skirt across the front, sweetheart neckline, and a scooped back.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty darn close.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Blue nylon-lycra with white polka-dots that has a pique-like texture that I've had in my stash for about 15 years. Finally doing something with it!
The trim is a nylon-lycra print from Mill End purchased specifically for this project. I couldn't find solid white in a good weight/texture, so I used a print.
I also used recycled bra cups and some spiral steel boning.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I ended up having to use spiral steel boning to get the suit and bra cups to stay in place. It collapses a little without the boning, which I wasn't planning on doing initially.
If I make another one of these, I need to lower the neckline and raise the side seams to get it to look more like my croquis, as well as adding more boning to the front side seams to get it to stay in place even more.
I'm not sure how practical this suit will be for swimming, but it will be a great sun suit, at least. I'm pleased it came out looking so much like my initial design.
You can see a back view here