11.7.12

Stripes and frills

My daughter recently graduated to squad swimming, and I thought that a one-piece might be a little more streamlined than the bikini / t-shirt combination that she had been wearing.  So even though it is the middle of winter, I am sewing swimmers (the pool is heated).

I usually use Stuart's blocks for my children's swimwear, but the link was not working on the day I was sewing these.  So I dug out an old Knitwit pattern that I picked up in an op shop.  I sewed size 8.  She is an average sized 8 yo.

Based on the cover photo, I decided to raise the leg line.  My daughter does find the leg line too high, so this was obviously an unnecessary alteration.  Lucky it is covered by a frill.

I also lowered the armhole and narrowed the straps.

This was to be a quick project, so I was going to sew them up just using the overlocker and my sewing machine, rather than fiddle about using the coverstitch machine for something new.  Well, I ran out of thread half way through stitching down the elastic, and the coverstitch machine was sitting there already threaded, so I moved seats and had a go.  It worked out fine and now I have tried something that I was fearing.


I added frills to the leg opening and the neckline.  The leg ones turned out fine, but I think that I should have added the neck one after the elastic, as turning under the gathered frill and the elastic was little too bulky.



The fabric was from stash, via Spotlight.  I lined the front with lining from Beach Bubble Swimwear.  The elastic is rubber elastic from Glitter and Dance.

10 comments:

  1. Wow those are super cute, I want a pair for me! :)

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  2. Very cute! The leg frills look great!

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  3. Very pretty!! She'll be the envy of her swim squad.

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  4. I'm so impressed with all the swimsuits you make. This one is so cute!

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  5. Cute swimsuit. I can't believe your still swimming. A icy this winter in Sydney.

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  6. They are very pretty. I haven't been game enough yet to try a one piece, only trunks for my son. It is on my to do list though!

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