Well, forget the Alison swimsuit pattern. What a piece of crap. Between the vague (that’s being generous) instructions, the one illustration being a photo of black fabric, their disregard for finishing the leg openings, lack of markings (even when they claimed they were there), and all around poor drafting, that suit was a waste of time. I’ll go buy a Kwik Sew pattern. At least I’ll be getting a quality product. I think I’m going to buy this one and modify it:
This is Kwik Sew 2690. As is, I’d never wear this, but I’m buying it because it has the skirt part attached to the bottom, so I wouldn’t have to do a tankini and have to pull the top down all the time to keep it from exposing my gut. Also, the bodice of the blue version is almost exactly what I want, just as a halter. I’m thinking I should be able to replace the a-line skirt with a fitted, ruched skirt. I’ll be covered up without looking matronly!