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PATTERN CRITIQUE & REVIEW for Burda Style Vintage Swimsuit



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Burda Style Vintage Swimsuit by Alison

Sewing pattern review and critique for Burda Style Vintage Swimsuit by Alison.

Sewing Pattern review & critique for Burda Style Vintage swimsuit by Alison, Love to Sew Studio.


Grade: A

The Good
     This project is free from, where users can post and share open source patterns and directions and print them from their home computers. The web address to find this pattern and directions is // I was very pleased with the results: the style, fit, and coverage are turned out perfectly. You can also post photographs of you in your suit on the pattern makerís Burdastyle page!
     When making this project, be sure to use a stretch needle and polyester thread. Rather than using a straight stitch, use a zigzag stitch with a thin width and short length.


The Bad
     The directions donít tell you how much fabric you need, so I would suggest printing and piecing the pattern pieces first, measuring, and then going to the fabric store. I gave a large estimate to be safe (2 yards), and now I have an extra yard of fabric to make another suit. Also, remember that only the crotch (rather than the whole suit) is lined, so you will need only very little lining. 
     My only other concern was the pattern pieces included a back-strap piece to cut two of, but I didnít ever find out what I was supposed to do with them. Instead, I extended the band to go  all the way around the back, sides, over my shoulder, and stitched together as a halter around my neck.


My Project:  
     I have been searching for a long time for a reasonably priced one-piece pinup style swimsuit. I could never find what I was looking for in stores, and all online options I found were $80 or more. Finding this pattern was ideal, because it was exactly what I was looking for and it was not very difficult to manage. I made this suit in a solid navy. 

     If youíve made this project and would like to share your work, send us pictures! We will be happy to post them here. Also, if you have anything else to add in regards to the critique of this pattern, we would love to hear. For both pictures and comments, email us

Thanks for reading. :-) Jessica





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