Fast forward nine months and Mimi has come through on her promise…whew! It was a close call. Although I got some input from my fellow ASG member and the fin pattern she made, I still wanted the ensemble to be convertible and easy to take off for swimming. Thus, the three piece was designed.
Someone was really happy!!! And so was I. It was a big hit at the birthday party. She was able to jump into the pool a couple of times before removing the overskirt and swimming in the suit alone.
Pattern Description: McCall's 3566(OOP) Two-piece bathing suit and cover-up skirt. There are several variations for the tube/bandeaux/tank top, and one bikini top. The bottoms are for shorts or bikini bottoms.
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I made a few modifications to get the mermaid look, by adding a sequin trim to the front of the tank top and adding the shirring to the waist of the tank. For the bottoms, I added a 2inch band to make sure it went high under the tank top. (for some reason, I did not write down her bodice length)
Skirt: I made the skirt using the basic pencil skirt drafting technique. I measured 4 places- waist, hip and knees and ankles with the measurement for each point in order to determine the the cut. Then I just slit the back up the middle and inserted the modified “godet” fins with ruffle trim insert.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I did not follow any instructions. The insertion of the elastic was done on my Bernina 234 serger first, and then I folded over the elastic to the inside and finished the hem with a regular zigzag on my Bernina 640 . I stretched the elastic slightly under the rear-end to get it to "cup" under. For the straps, I included elastic inside to keep them taut when wearing. I learned this in my knits class in school, and it seems to work very well for all my swimwear. All elastic used on this suit was 3/8" swimsuit elastic. I buy this stuff in bulk!!! because everybody likes me to make their swimwear.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love everything about this pattern. I have been using it for a long time. It’s a great versatile base pattern to own.
This is swimwear Lycra from Hancock.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
As I have found for me when using McCall’s, the pants crotch is "always" too short, and this was the same for even my GD.
Tank top: I added a sheered band around the bottom to match the skirt as part of the whole ensemble. I could have left that part off, but without the skirt, it would not have still looked "mermaid-ee"
Skirt- was just a pencil skirt made from her measurements and the "fins" inserted as a "godet" inset in a slit up the back.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have sewn this pattern multiple times over the years, either as panties, or swimwear. Mostly though as a bandeaux and panties (view G with modifications) A really all-around pattern for the entire family.