Warning - VERY pic heavy post ahead!!!
So here's the rundown on the bathers (swimmers, togs, swimsuits, whatever you like to call them!)...
I managed to finish two fluorescent pink with white dots racer backs, one red with gold dots tank-style one piece, two pair of bikini bottoms in blue stripes and blue with dots, one dotty skirt and a matching tank top.
|Tank top is the Brooklyn from the book Sewing Clothes Kids Love|
Don't be put off the envelope images - they look pretty dated, but imagine them made up in something you like!
|I'm thinking I'll stitch an updated version of this embroidery...|
There are two points at which to add body length - the chest and the crotch.
For Miss L - I made the medium and then added 3cm in the length at the chest and 2cm at the crotch.
|These suits got plenty of action during the last week!|
These fit her beautifully, they have enough length that she is able to move comfortably and not worry about her bathers pulling.
Miss A's medium sized bathers have 4cm at the chest and 3cm through the crotch. As I've mentioned before the girls are long and very lean.
(No wonder I can never get store-bought swimwear that fits properly!)
|Does anyone look good in goggles???|
All suits had lining in the front and for some I used it in the back too. The lining fabric is slightly thinner than the main fabric and 'skin-coloured' so not very attractive to look at, but functional!
This is the Kwik Sew 3785 view A.
These bathers have a seam down the back and that probably would have put me off this pattern but I had read about it on Cindy's blog and so knew that her kids found them to be comfortable, and there was no comment at all from my girls about it.
In fact it made me more aware of the construction of other suits and I saw a number with this back seam during the week.
|The skirt stayed on for most of the week!|
The two-piece pattern has a number of top options, but I prefer a tank-style top so went with the Brooklyn from the book Sewing Clothes Kids Love.
But the biggest hit was the swimming skirt - I have orders for two more of these!! (and it was super-easy to make).
|Ready to hit the water!|
If making this again I will lengthen the top first as it could be a little longer.
I did a simple rolled hem on the bottom of the skirt and top so they were quick and easy to make.
These Kwik Sew patterns were a breeze to sew, I really enjoyed making them.
They were straight forward and simple to use with great instructions and easy clear pattern pieces.
Apart from the body length adjustments for fit all I changed was the elastic measurements.
I found the elastic in the legs to be a little loose when they were made so I took out 1-2cm and re-stitched them.
|Someone is pleased with their new bathers...|
|This is not sitting properly!! But it was great in action.|
As mentioned previously, all the fabric was remnants and so each pair cost only about $5 to make including the elastic.
I'm looking forward to making more up and having time to experiment with a few details and finishes such as a few ruffles here and there and also putting a 'hole' in the back as per Katy of No Big Dill's tutorial.
Do you sew swimwear?
If you have any hints or tips to share then let me know - or if you have any questions feel free to fire away.