Finally I made myself a pair of bathers! I have wanted to sew a swimsuit for so long and have bought various patterns and swimwear fabric for my stash over the past couple of years which I kept putting on the back burner as I just couldn’t make my mind up on bikini or full piece…
After seeing so many gorgeous full piece swimsuits on Instagram I thought I’d better give this 90’s vintage Knit-N-Stretch 498A Low Back Maillot pattern a go. Yes, they call the 90’s vintage! The fabric is divine, it’s a designer printed snakeskin nylon/lycra from Tessuti fabrics called “Cobra”. I have plenty left over so may have to whip up a bikini next time.
This pattern was super easy to sew. I just used a zig zag stitch and it worked fine. The fabric was really easy to handle and is thick enough to give it stability. The back straps were a little tricky as the are so narrow and I had to fold it into 3 and stretch whilst sewing but I got there! The only flaw for me is that the bust darts sit too high and because I didn’t sew a toile (tut tut) I ended up with a less than perfect fit. I might even add a ruffle down the track to cover up this mistake.
Recently I visited Italy and Croatia with my family for my very special Five O Birthday. The weather was perfect for three weeks so there was alot of swimming and snorkelling in the beautiful Adriatic sea. I packed my ready to wear bathers and my me made bathers and guess which ones I wore all the time? Yes, my me made Cobra bathers.
I’m very happy with them and can recommend this pattern although please do sew up a toile first!
Ciao, Pozdrav x