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Cottesloe swimsuit tester roundup

Cottesloe pattern tester round up

It’s time for our next tester It’s time for our Cottesloe Swimsuit tester round up and I can’t wait to show you all of the Cottesloe makes! After we finished our tester round there were some important changes we decided to make based on the feedback we received as well as from our own internal testing. The final pattern is a bit different compared to the original, but we’re so happy with how it turned out and think there is a lot more versatility in the final options!

You might notice some differences between the tester makes below and the final pattern, but rest assured any changes have made the pattern even better!

Sarah Tate Cottesloe Tester Photos Sarah Tate Cottesloe Tester Photos Sarah Tate Cottesloe Tester PhotosWHO

Sarah // Take a look at her blog Lace & Pine Designs

MADE

View D // High waist bikini set

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I love how this suit is the perfect foundation to work from. The cut is extremely flattering just the way it is, but if I want to add any unique design elements, I can easily do that with this pattern.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I’d love to do the one piece version with some color blocking and maybe even adding some cut-outs.

Teri Dodds Cottesloe Tester Photos Teri Dodds Cottesloe Tester Photos Teri Dodds Cottesloe Tester PhotosWHO

Teri // Find her on Instagram @teridodds1 or take a look at her blog.

MADE

View D // High waist bikini set

HER OVERALL IMPRESSION OF THE PATTERN

I really like it! It’s a nice, simple style swim suit and I thought it was a great pattern for my first time ever sewing swimwear.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I would love to try the one piece or experiment with changing the back of the bikini top to a racerback.

Robynne Cottesloe Tester Round Up Robynne Cottesloe Tester Round UpWHO

Robynne // Make sure to take a look at her blog, Robynne and the Bobbin

MADE

View D // High waist bikini set

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

Booty coverage!

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I plan on making a one piece, and maybe also a second two piece, with hacked variations

Heather Cottesloe Tester PhotosHeather Cottesloe Tester Photos Heather Cottesloe Tester PhotosWHO

Heather // Find her on Instagram @heatherhandmade

MADE

View B // One piece swimsuit with high scoop back

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The simple lines and the beautiful open back.

WHAT SHE LOVED ABOUT MAKING THE SWIMSUIT

Swimsuits seem really intimidating, but they are one of the most satisfying pieces to sew. It uses such a small amount of fabric, and you can play with prints that make you happy. I always enjoy making swimsuits!

Carly Cottesloe Tester Photos Carly Cottesloe Tester Photos Carly Cottesloe Tester PhotosWHO

Carly // Find her on Instagram @luckysewandsewing and check out her blog!

MADE

View D // Athletic inspired bikini top and high waisted bikini bottom with a thin waistband

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

I love the simple but wearable shapes. Classic swimwear shaping but with a modern twist. I love the many views and options. One pattern can give you so many different looks!

WHAT SHE PLANS TO MAKE NEXT

I plan on making a matching pair of the lower rise bottoms so I can mix and match my two-piece.

Abigail Cottesloe Tester Photos Abigail Cottesloe Tester PhotosWHO

Abigail // Find her on Instagram @abbeydabbles!

MADE

View A // One piece swimsuit with high scoop back

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The simple lines and the resulting ease of tweaking the pattern to suit you and the pattern’s simple elegance.

WHAT SHE IS PLANNING ON MAKING NEXT

I muslined all views because they I wanted to see which views best suited me. The variations possibilities are endless!

Michele Cottesloe Tester Round Up Michele Cottesloe Tester Round UpWHO

Michele // Find her on Instagram @swissarmywife and be sure to check out her blog also!

MADE

View D // High waist bikini set

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

Incredibly simple and easy to construct. Such a wonderfully quick make.

A FEW OTHER THOUGHTS

This is a great pattern for someone who wants to start out using stretch fabrics for a swimsuit. It will also make a fabulous basic underwear option as well. Love it!

Jessica Cottesloe Tester Roundup Jessica Cottesloe Tester RoundupWHO

Jessica // Check out her Instagram @jessicamal1

MADE

View A // One piece swimsuit

HER FAVOURITE THING ABOUT THE PATTERN

The fit of the front I feel is very beautiful.

SHOW US YOUR CREATIONS!

What about you?! We’d love to see what you’re creating from the new Cottesloe Swimsuit pattern! Don’t forget to tag your creations #MNcottesloe and @megannielsenpatterns to share what you’ve been working on, and check out what everyone else is up to!


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About Author

Anita is the Operations Manager here at Megan Nielsen Patterns, and happily works on multiple areas of the business in any one day! Anita is the first port of call for any of your customer service enquiries, manages daily operations and oversees all pattern production, graphic design, website maintenance, inventory management & drinking all the coffee/eating all the cookies in the cupboard.

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Danielle
Danielle
3 years ago

I’m disappointed in the fabric options available for DIY swimwear. Most print swim fabrics are not nearly as sturdy as RTW. And i can’t source any miraclesuit, spanx-level swim fabric. Nor do I know which fabric characteristics to look for (e.g. GSM, weight, gauge, thickness, compression, etc).