With March finally behind us, I am officially thinking about nothing but the beach. I’ve always been a bit terrified to try my hand at swimwear, but I knew I’d have to make something with this amazing zebra tricot. A surprisingly easy-to-make body suit ensued!
- 1 yard Zebras Printed on a UV Protective Compression Tricot w/ Aloe Vera Microcapsules
- 1 yard Nude Shaper Power-Mesh
I began by draping the fabric right on the dress form. I love the more retro shape to the bottom and the deep V neckline. Two thick pleats at the shoulders also gave the suit faux lapels in lieu of bust darts.
Since I don’t typically work with swimwear, I can only include a template of the pattern I created. My model has a 28″ waist, so it’s roughly a US size 10. You can download a PDF below!
I began by sewing the two front panels together, starting at the bottom and ending about halfway toward the top. Each shoulder was pleated before being attached to the back of the swimsuit. Once it was attached at the bottom as well, I had the outside of the suit mostly constructed, with the exception of the sides.
Before closing the sides up, I needed to attach the lining. I began by sewing it to the arm and leg holes, like you can see below.
Leaving the neckline still open, I sewed the lining into the sides of the suit by closing each side with French seams.
Lastly, I slip-stitched around the entire neckline by hand to be sure the lining fit inside the zebra tricot perfectly.
I love that bodysuits are so on trend right now. This can be worn at the beach or to a casual night out with some tights and denim shorts. It’s giving off some serious 80’s summer vibes!
I just saw an article and video blurb about how dangerous it is to be on the train tracks and also illegal. Cute fabric, love the zebras.
Really cute! Love the low neckline and faux lapels. I want to make one!
Thanks, glad you like it! Be sure to tag Mood if you make one. I’d love to see how it comes out!
Would you recommend zig-zag or straight stitch?
Zig-zag would be best!
I love this
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Hi, I get the E-Mail but when I open the link for the pattern I get told it’s invalid.
Is this pattern still avalible?
Hi Kira, we’re sorry about that! It appears that the link is working on our end, however, if you’re still having trouble downloading it, just email [email protected] and they will be happy to send it directly to you! 😀
Awesome! Finally a swimsuit with a high covered back!! Bless you!!!