Growing up in Oregon I often saw the Stretch & Sew patterns in thrift stores so I have a kind of nostalgic fondness for the now-vintage styles. Stretch & Sew revolutionized sewing knit fabric at home and their pattern collection is treasure trove of amazing designs. Revolutionized might be a strong word but read this article from Threads and I think you’ll agree with me. These days it’s easy to find knit fabric and notions. Plus our fabrics are really different than in the 70s. Hello double knit! We don’t need to literally stretch as we sew now but these patterns are still a great way to try out vintage designs.
Way back in the summer of 2016, two long years ago, I set out to make the one-piece Soma Swimsuit by Papercut Patterns. I’ve always been much more of one-piece gal than a bikini gal. (I just don’t really feel the need to show that much skin.) I worked on it for hours and hours and followed all of the online tutorials but I could not get it to fit me in a way that made me feel comfortable and have my bust supported.
I think I may have caught the swimwear sewing bug. It’s a tough one and the only cure is lots of cotton elastic. (lol! what a dork ;) But seriously, I made my first swimsuit earlier this year and when I saw the pattern for this bikini from the August issue of Seamwork magazine, I just had to “dive” in again (somebody stop me!).