Vintage Swimsuit

Have you heard of Funki Fabrics? Today I’m showing you the results of trying out their Flexcite stretch fabric. I am proud to see a Northern specicalist fabric company doing so well, and the Manchester-based team design and print here in the UK! That’s rather impressive if you ask me.

almond rock funki fabrics ohhh lulu abigail swimsuit

So what did I make? I could have chosen to make dancewear or sportswear but I decided to make myself a swimsuit. Swimsuits can be so boring and unflattering; but what if I made one that I actually enjoyed putting on!

almond rock funki fabrics ohhh lulu abigail swimsuit

This is the Abigail Swimsuit pattern by Ohhh Lulu Sews. It’s a retro style suit with halter ties and bikini back clasp. The cherry print fabric seemed like the perfect match to the suit the vintage inspired swimsuit I had in mind.

almond rock funki fabrics ohhh lulu abigail swimsuit

I ordered sample prints with cherries, kisses and the galaxy and have I to say the quality is really excellent. You’ll be pleased to know that the stretch recovery is very good in both directions. Out of curiosity, I washed the samples three times and they didn’t appear to lose any dye and the sheen of the fabric stayed nice and glossy.

almond rock funki fabrics ohhh lulu abigail swimsuit

The depth of colour in the galaxy print was wonderful and the cherries I eventually plumped for look photo realistic! All prints appear to be applied to a white base. This does mean that if you pick a print with a dark background and your fabric gets overstretched, it does appear a little faded, due to the white ever so slightly peeking through.

Nothing you can’t solve with a bit of gentle handling!

almond rock funki fabrics ohhh lulu abigail swimsuit

Elastic is used around the cups, legs and back to achieve a snug fit. I ordered a Prym bikini clasp from Minerva Crafts.

I used my overlocker for the seams, a simple zig zag stitch to baste and a twin needle for all my top-stitching. That’s the beauty of stretch fabric, you can make the construction as simple or as complicated as you like.

almond rock funki fabrics ohhh lulu abigail swimsuit

I wonder if Mr AR will whisk me away on an impromptu holiday so I can wear my new swimsuit on the beach. Optimistic I’m sure.

At least I’ll feel fantastic next time I go to the pool at the gym!

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    1. Thanks so much! The quality really is excellent so I feel it’s worth £18 a metre. Especially if you’ve ever had a cheap swimsuit go all saggy on you!!

  1. You look amazing! Fabulous cozzie. Thanks for the heads up. I so wish I knew about this lot when I was looking for cozzie fabric. Hey ho. Maybe I’ll make some more!!

    1. Awww thank you. I’m rather terrified of what comments I’m going to get! It’d be interesting to hear what you think of the quality if you make something from FF. The fabric is so secure feeling! Much better than what I’ve had from fabricland.

  2. Ooooh lovely work. I’m keen to try this pattern, see how it compares to my own 😉 can’t wait to try my suit on holiday next week!

  3. This is stunning Amy! I love the design of the swimsuit and the fabric looks great! I’ve been looking for awesome lycra for leggings and I’m always a bit put off by FF relatively high prices, so it’s good to know the quality is good if I do go for it.

    1. Thanks so much! I definitely think you’ll notice the difference. I hate it when cheap shop bought leggings go fuzzy or saggy. Their plain spandex is cheaper but the prints are just so fun!

  4. I have a swimsuit on my all time wishlist, I just don’t want to model one onmy blog. You look fabulous and that is a great pattern. Jo x

    1. Thanks so much! I had to really psych myself up to pose in it. You can totally photograph it flat. At the end of the day as long as you share it with us all we’ll be happy to read about it 🙂

    1. Awww you’re too kind. They’ve started doing a sample sheet so you could try that to confirm the quality. Hope you got plenty of use from your bombshell before it croaked to justify the time spent!

  5. Wow I love your bikini! And that fabric choice amazing! (I also really like your flower styling makes it almost like you are on holidays, hehe) I haven’t tried my hands on a bikini yet and that althoughy I have the bonmbshell pattern in my collection.

    1. Heheh thank you! Trying to glam up my hallway since I sadly couldn’t be abroad. You could totally tackle the bombshell with your knit experience!

  6. Aww, how cool! I love both the pattern and your fabric choice! I also just finished a funkifabrics dress! I can only agree, the fabric quality was amazing! I ordered 12 samples, hehe 🙂 I have 1,5m of fabric left and am thinking about making a bikini (or another bombshell) now.

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