Friday, April 6, 2012

The Much-Anticipated Bathing Suit Pattern Giveaway!

My lovely readers, you have been so patient with me. I put off the main part of my pattern drafting work to do the Pin-Up Sew-Along and now that we've reached a nice lull with that, I have finally had time to finish the much asked-for and anticipated bathing suit pattern!


Many of you are familiar with the famous photograph of Marilyn Monroe in the lovely and clingy white bathing suit and that was my main inspiration for putting the pattern together. I find myself getting a bit curvier than I used to be (isn't that always the case?) and I love the idea of a suit that emphasizes those curves while still providing a bit of modesty for the one's you'd rather not draw attention to.


I also created it in sizes x-small through x-large, in two versions, one strapless and one with halter collar strap for supporting those more endowed like Marilyn than myself.

Before I got started I had fun using an app called Penultimate to create a mood board with bathing suits and patterns that fit into this glamorous Hollywood image that I wanted to recreate, adding sketches and ideas to incorporate into my cover image for later as I progressed.


And of course, as I always do when I release a new pattern, I'm offering a free copy to one lucky winner!

To enter the giveaway you can do one or all of the following, just leave a comment for each entry to get your name in the proverbial hat.

1. Tell me what kind of pattern you'd like me to create next. I'm always open to suggestions!

2. Become a follower of A Few Threads Loose on Twitter, Google, or Bloglovin'.

3. Like A Few Threads Loose on Facebook.

4. Like Mrs. Depew Vintage on Facebook.

5. Mention this giveaway on your blog.

I'll announce the winner this Monday the 9th.
Good luck! 


51 comments:

  1. yay! I am really excited about this one. I am so far behind on my list of sewing projects that I want to complete it is not funny. I might need to put a few a side and make one of these so I will have it in time for summer (though we are not planning on going to the beach or anything this year :(

    Anyway, I would really love to see you make a bathing/playsuit with bloomer style bottoms.
    For example:
    http://pinterest.com/pin/83879611779935736/
    and
    http://pinterest.com/pin/83879611779940562/

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  2. I follow you on twitter, google, and pinterest :)

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  3. I "Like" A Few Threads Loose on Facebook.

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  4. Now a follower on facebook. I think pattern wise it should be cami and french knickers, these are great for the summer and be doubled up as pjs.
    PS Sorry I haven't made any of the bra, such a slacker!!

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  5. and I "Like" Mrs. Depew Vintage on Facebook.

    Do you have any plans of doing a sew-along with this lovely?

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  6. Oh my, I would love to have that pattern. I was struggling to create the perfect 50s swim suit pattern last summer, but soon gave up because it just wasn't happening.

    Oh and I'm following your blog :)

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  7. I would love a pattern for a stand alone garter belt.

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  8. This looks so fabulous - I'm going to look fabulous in this suit once I sew it up! I think a cute beach cover-up or playsuit would make an excellent future pattern. (You'll need one to wear with this suit since summers aren't very long in Norway).

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  9. My next project is actually a swimsuit, so if I could win this pattern it would be perfect! Here's hoping ;)

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  10. ... already following through Google...

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  11. ...and A Few Threads Loose on facebook

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  12. mentioned this on my blog.looks great.

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  13. ...and now following Mrs. Depew Vintage on facebook too! Thanks :D

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  14. Following already on FB! I'd love a fan '50s style robe, long, fitted on top and wide on the bottom, to go over the pretty lingerie you've designed!

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  15. I would love to see a pair of high-waisted pants/shorts, pin-up style.

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  16. I like A Few Threads Loose on FB.

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  17. I also like Mrs Depew on FB.

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  18. The red with white borders is great

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  19. I like A Few Threads Loose on FB

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  20. I would love to see a Sarong Dress :)

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  21. Now following you on Bloglovin!

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  22. And I think I have to agree on the high-waisted shorts!

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  23. Love it! I'm already a follower on FB..:)
    Hmmm..how bout 1930's beach pajamas(i think that's what theyr'e called) :)
    AND I had Good Friday off, so finally got to start the Oooh la,la sew along!!
    Leave it to me to get the boobs switched around wrong!! LOL....

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  24. Ooh la la! I'd love to win this gorgeous pattern. I'm following your blog. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. hi :)

    im already a follower or blogger, fb, and everything else i use lol, and ill mention it on my blog

    suggestion for next pattern = maybe something cute, like a geisha tie robe to complement our v. pretty lounge wear? Like possibly Lana Turner in this pic http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lc4lrkuoHf1qetv7ao1_400.jpg thank you again for your awesome blog!

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  26. Follower of your blog and FB page, I'd like to see more pants! When there are so many dresses, skirts and tops out there, I think we are missing vintage inspired pants! Cigarette pants, high-wasted pants, flared pants.

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  27. I'd love to see another blouse pattern, or a robe!

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  28. I follow you on Google Reader, Twitter, and Pinterest

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  29. I would really love a petticoat pattern to go under shorter skirts. The ones I find are always long dresses and skirts and I would really like one for above the knee skirts. Love your new pattern.

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  30. I would love this pattern. I would love to see a buttoned shirt 1950 style. They are hard to find.

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  31. I follow you in google and pinterest

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  32. i am following you where ever possible already:) have been waiting for this pattern for a while now, hopefully i'll be lucky, just this once!! :)

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  33. I hope you'll consider drafting a vintage looking Hawaiian inspired dress. You know, the ones with a shelf bust, sarong style skirt? That would be beautiful.

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  34. I'd love it if you would consider drafting some sailor shorts or a sailor inspired dress. With buttons, of course, because they are my favorite. =]

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  35. Oh, would love this. A lot of competition though! I've followed you on Twitter, follow me back: KatEzat

    Cheers!

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  36. I love this pattern! I would love to see a 1930s beach pajama or hollywood style robe...Thanks!

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  37. I would love this pattern!
    And I liked you on FB :)

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  38. Great pattern. I think I a strapless sun dress would be great! Something that is inspired by this swimsuit or the underwear patterns you have but with a flowing skirt!

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  39. I would just love this pattern! I followed you on Google...

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  40. ... And liked A Few Threads Loose on FB.

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  41. AND Mrs. Depew Vintage on FB.

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  42. I'd love to win this! I'd buy any/all hat sewing patterns you would find from the 40's, especially wool ones. I have been watching a show called Wind at my Back which was set then, and the hats are drool-worthy.

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  43. Hi,

    I've just downloaded the wonderful "Marilyn swimsuit" pattern, and I've started to sew. I'm swedish and I don't quite understand all the steps. Is there any description with pictures that would be a great help? Or maybe someone has taken photos when doing this suit? I would greatly appreciate some guidance! Thanks for lovely patterns! Ann Olsson

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  44. I followed you on Twitter, and liked Mrs. Depew Vintage and a Few Threads Loose on Facebook. Would love to read a washing tutorial for handmade delicates.

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