Tuesday, July 1, 2014

First Set of Swimsuits for 2014

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
size:  8
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. ;)



13 comments:

  1. So cute!! I have been bitten with the swimsuit bug, I must say. I'm even contemplating sewing one for myself!!! Will check out Jalie and Kwik Sew, thank you!

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  2. Amazing! I love the idea of sewing swim suits. Yours turned out so perfectly.

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  3. You always make it look so easy! I love the one-piece version with the skirt (so cute)
    I'm in the process of sewing a swimming suit for my girl (first ever) and I'm quite anxious about it :(

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  4. Do I recognise the bikini fabric from one of last year's costumes? The one with the skirt is so cute... awesome photos, too!

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  5. They look great! I am going to check out those patterns.

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    1. Thank you, Masha! Did you see that Liesl is talking about designing an Oliver + S swim pattern?

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  6. Love all your cossie sewing - I'm intending to make a couple next summer!

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  7. I didn't know swimsuits were one of your favorite things to sew! I will be sewing a swimsuit for the very first time very soon (I'll be making 2), let's hope for the best!

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  8. Great stuff Cindy. I'll be following in your footsteps when summer comes around down here. I'll look to the Kwik Sew ones I think.

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  9. Love both those suits!! I fell in love with the Jalie pattern for the tank and then the shorts one too, but now you have me wanting the Kwik Sew too!! (It's important to have variety - I'll tell my husband that excuse to buy more patterns! LOL).
    So are you using regular elastic, clear elastic, or "swim elastic"?

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    1. Let me get my crown and scepter...;)

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  11. They look fantastic as always! I just finished the third swimsuit for the year and I was so ready to throw in the towel - probably my worst thing to sew! You have to share your tips. :) I can't seem to get the double needle to work without skipping all kinds of stitches and even the zig-zag was doing it. I had better luck using a universal needle instead of ball point.

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