Good morning! Friends, I am under the weather. The sniffles turned into a full-blown head cold, which probably explains why I had so much trouble with this super straightforward swimsuit pattern from peek-a-boo. What a great pattern! I love that the size range is 3 months to 12 years, which is fantastic because I’ll definitely be making this again and again. The ruching on the side is adorable, and it’s fully lined. The original design also has little side bows, but I left them off.
K currently has one extremely ratty Speedo navy one-piece and an adorable yet too-tight Baby Gap swimsuit. So it was high time I made her some cute bathing suits! Especially since there will be a lot of swimming at the lake.
First, my all-time favorite swimsuit ever. I have a plastic bin full of swimwear fabric from my mom, and this aqua striped one is by far the best. The great part is that bathing suits require so little fabric, I can make at least three more aqua-striped swimsuits with what I have left over.
That orange ribbon happened to be on my sewing table, left over from another project and I think it adds just the right touch to the already sweet swimsuit. K, in her infinite wisdom, pointed out that the ribbon will probably not do so well underwater. She’s probably right, but it’s so cute!
Many things went wrong with this version. The ruching is uneven, and the fabric is puckering all over, and I completely screwed up the binding around the chest, so I had to chop the whole thing off. I knew that I would end up doing something unfortunate with the straps too, so I just left it halter style. Despite all the problems, once K put it on, it looks almost store-bought. It fits her perfectly!
Because I had so much trouble with the aqua striped version and because I’m tenacious to a fault, I decided to try again to see if I could make a less shoddy swimsuit. I discovered that the key is to pin like crazy. I had literally a pin stuck in there every half inch.
So much less puckering, nice and even ruching, much better results overall.
Look, she’s preparing for the Miss America pageant. I can practically hear the words, “My life goal is to save the world one penny at a time…” (for the record, I have no intention of becoming a pageant mom)
And whoops! She accidentally threw the globe bank. Thank goodness it missed the camera. The expression on her face is priceless.
The funny thing is, even though the aqua-striped swimsuit is full of mistakes, I like it way more than the second, better made version. A lot of it has to do with fabric choice, but I love the halter style and I think the fit is actually better. K agrees. I highly recommend this pattern – it was the first peek-a-boo pattern that I’ve ever purchased and well worth the price. The instructions are very clear and well-written, and if you’re not sick like I am, it’s a quick sew. I want to try making a tankini next and might be able to make up my own pattern now.
OK, time for me to do something about this raging headache…