#swimsuitsewingchallenge2016

Hey all! I’m a little late to the party, but I *did* manage to sew some swimsuits for my girls! I’ve actually had these completed for a few months, but the girls weren’t very excited about having photos taken in their swimsuits. They just wanted to get in the water!

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For my middle daughter, I used the Coco Cay Colorblock Tankini with some of Peek a Boo Pattern Shop’s amazing swim fabric. The thought of sewing a swimsuit was completely intimidating, but man…it was So. Easy. I used the Ocean Cuties and Mermaid Scales for this cute colorblocked suit with the bikini cut bottom style.

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I did have a little trouble with stretching the elastic around the racerback, but I made another for my niece and it went much better the second time. My advice? Go slowly, and make sure you’re distributing the elastic evenly as you stitch.

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My oldest picked these aqua polka dot and rainbow stripe swim fabrics (also from Peek a Boo. After much (so much) deliberation, we (finally) settled on the Bahama Mama Bikini Bottoms and the Bahama Mama Peplum Tankini. The bottoms were kind of a no-brainer.  She wanted a traditional bikini bottom, and I wanted a decent amount of coverage. I like that there is a more modest option on the waistband with this bottom, and also the amount of coverage around my daughter’s bottom.

I did alter the tankini slightly, although not that you’d see from the outside. I wanted a little more support and coverage on the inside, so I cut a double layer of swim fabric for the included shelf bra, and added a layer of swim liner, too. Once you add the elastic to the bottom, it feels very secure and gives good coverage. These cheerful patterns are perfect for a 13 year old!

So, if you’ve been intimidated by swim sewing, fear no more! If all four of us here at the Sew and Tell Project can do, so can you!

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1 COMMENT

  1. Felicia | 12th Sep 16

    These are both cute and modest suits! I love them. I hope to dive deeper into swimwear next summer.

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