17.12.10

Children's swimmers

 Summer sewing always means a lot of swimmers around here.  We are in and out of the pool several times a day, just trying to survive the heat.

The first pair is for little miss.  I used Jalie 2792, a leotard pattern, for the body, then added my own straps. 

The straps are rather cute and easy to make.  I folded a length of lycra in half and stitched a line 1 cm from the folded edge to form a casing.  I threaded rubber elastic through the casing.  The elastic was about half the length of the lycra strip, so it makes a pretty ruffle.

The fit of this pattern looks the same as on the pattern envelope.  There is quite a bit of negative ease, so it is a very snug fit.  She is very happy with the fit, and says that the elastic is not too tight.  I think if I were to make a ballet leotard out of cotton lycra I might go up a size or two.

I only lined the front.  Next time I will modify the front of the pattern to shape it more like the bikini top below.

She still loves to dress in the same clothes as me, so I made her a bikini very similar to mine.  The top was made using Kwiksew 3165.  The kwiksew instructions are very good and showed me a new way to apply the straps / elastic.  The bikini bottoms with this pattern have never fit her particularly well, so I drafted my own using Stuart's children's swimwear block.  The bottoms are reversible. 


She has plenty of swim shirts, so then it was onto the boys.  Again, I made the pattern for the boys' briefs.  For my older son, I cut the shirt off a perished RTW shirt.  The shirt for my younger son was made using Kwiksew 2888, which must be out of print, because I cannot find it for you in the catalogue.  I went up 2 sizes because the pattern is for a close fitting raglan sleeved top and bike pants (actually, I was too lazy to trace off the pattern.  Tracing is one of my least favourite sewing activities.  My children have nearly all grown out of this pattern so I just cut it in the largest size).
 
I bought the fabric from Glitter and Dance.  I think it was called "aqualife" and is supposed to be chlorine resistant, so I am hoping it lasts better than most swimwear.

Now, back to the swimming pool.

8 comments:

  1. Nice job on the the swimwear.

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  2. Adorable swimsuit and bikini! I always envy you your gorgeous weather until I remember than I'm not heat-resistant at all. Several times in the pool just to survive? Thanks for reminding me to be thankful for the snow that's just falling outside my window!

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  3. So cute. Strange to hear about swimming in a pool and heat when here it's only snow and freezing. Enjoy!

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  4. Fantastic job on those swim tops, and the boys look as though they just love them! And that bikini is too adorable... I love the contrasting lining. Is the top reversible too?

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  5. These are awesome! And I love that your daughter likes to dress like you and you accommodate by making her matching stuff. That is SO cute! I'm hoping my daughter will enjoy the same thing.

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  6. I can't even imagine what it would be like to live in the climate you live in - I can barely cope with the heat in ours which would be like a Spring day to you. Good thing you are so handy with a machine to whip up some cool swim wear for the kids.

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  7. I like the strap idea and might copy it for the next time I make an adult swim suit...which is soon! But I would suggest lining the entire suit in the future...I just had a RTW swimsuit that start disintegrating...in the front, I'm ok with the extra coverage of the lining...but in the back, uh oh!

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  8. You are becoming a swimwear expert! Love both pairs. My daughter has just ordered a second pair.

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