It's a summer tradition for me to sew new swimsuits for the girls. This year, MG chose a bikini with boy shorts and BK chose a one piece with a skirt.
pattern: Kwik Sew 3605
size: small (6)
fabric: Tactel-Nylon from Chez Ami (these 2 prints are no longer available)
I've sewn this pattern many, many times but this was the first time making the boy shorts and bikini top. The top closes in the back with a swimsuit hook which was a new to me. MG loves it and it stays in place...win, win!
pattern: Kwik Sew 3998
fabric: tactel-nylon from Chez Ami (no longer available)
mods: added an inch in length to bodice fronts and back
I've sewn this pattern one time before for MG last summer. I added an inch to the bodice length since BK is so tall but I think I would have been fine with out it.
I can't say enough good things regarding Kwik Sew swimsuit patterns. I've even used an adult one to make K a tankini top to wear to Daytona Beach (no pictures yet, I'll have to have her wear it around here sometime). The instructions are clear, the construction methods give a good finish, and the fit is always spot on.
I tried a Jalie pattern to make boy shorts for me this morning and have to say, it's giving Kwik Sew a run for the money. I didn't follow their instructions (or even read them for that matter) since I was changing them up a bit. But the fit is really good. I'll have to get one of the kids to take a picture next time we're at the beach or waterpark!
Sewing swimsuits is one of my favorite things to sew! It's nice to be able to get a spot on fit especially since my girls never seem to quite fit in to what's available in RTW. ;)