Sewing and Swimming

 

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Sewing swimsuits really freaks a lot of people out.  I was one of those people until last year when I found a cute vintage-style one piece pattern for myself.  I tried it out and, after some tweaking, got one of the most flattering swimsuits I’ve ever owned.  YESSSS!

I have some plans for a swimsuit pattern and more spandex sewing for myself in the future, like after I’ve become a little less squishy. 🙂

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This year I decided to put my skills to the test on suits for the kiddos.  Juliet and Toby have been swimming on a team this summer so their suits have seen lots of use.  Not only could they use brand-spanking-new ones but poor Toby never even had a form-fitting one, he was just swimming in his boxer-style suit.  And he kept leaving it behind in his races.  Ha!  Funny for me, awkward for him.

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I found some super sweet printed spandex fabric at The Fabric Fairy.  And I’m talking seriously cute prints here, not just “less-ugly-than-usual” prints.  Why is it so hard to find good swim fabrics??

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Juliet’s suit was my first attempt at the Cosi swimsuit pattern and I LOVE it!  Super simple, with lots of options.

The pattern mentions having success with regular elastic as well as swimwear elastic but I’ll mention that I had a hard time getting regular elastic to lay well on the leg openings.  I made a couple suits for the twins too (coming soon!) and ended up cutting out the hem and replacing with that rubber lingerie elastic.  It’s a lot stretchier and thinner so it worked much better, IMO.

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Toby’s was just a quick attempt at a boy’s suit using a basic legging pattern.  The one I used isn’t available anymore but any simple legging pattern would do.  I just used his regular size 8, cut it off at the knee and hemmed with a double needle.  The waistband is just a strip of fabric folded in half and sewn to the top.  I was going to add elastic but the fabric was so stretchy that it didn’t need it.

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Because he’s an 8 year old boy, he refused to do a fancy photoshoot like his sister so this is the only modeled pic you get.  I suppose if he WAS eager to prance around in front of a camera in his skivvies, then I’d have bigger problems to deal with.

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It’s this one turned teenager that I’m beginning to feel some apprehension towards.  If those legs of hers keep growing, we might have to lock her up!

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So, if the idea of sewing swimsuits make your palms sweat, start here!  Kids suits are super simple, take just a tiny bit of fabric (both kids’ took about a half a yard!) and they don’t have any pesky curves to flatter.  Plus they look super cute when you’re done!

Check out my other Cosi swimsuit makes here!

Comments

  1. carol wood says:

    YAY! SO cute! I wanna see the one you made for you! Did you line your swim suits? If so, with what? I bought some cute swim suit fabric last year and got stuck when they said i needed to line it!

    • I lined mine but not the kids’. Just used some cheap solid colored spandex for lining. It worked great!

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