Second. Happy June 1st. May all your summery dreams come true.
And third. Swimsuits. This is like straight up scruffy nerf herder of me, but I really dig making swimsuits for my girls. I like to customize them. My girls like picking out their own material and they get all tickled when they get their own one of a kind suit. That being said, I don't know that I'll do this swimsuit making stuff every year, but it's a great option when you missed last year's swimsuit sale and you can get the fabric at a discount price. Plus you have all the swimsuit elastic from last year.
The best part about a swimsuit is that while it's not the easiest thing to sew, I'm discovering that it's definitely not the hardest. So what I'm saying is that it's attempt-able.
I love peplums and I'm a huge fan of the Pretty in Peplum pattern, so I did a little hack and turned it into a swimsuit.
Plus another swimsuit.
I made a few notes on each one that I thought I'd record. For posterity....but really just for me next year when I'm sure to forget what I did.
- Sew using a double needle or a stretch needle with a zigzag stitch. I used a simple zigzag on these.
- Take off 1-2 inches from both sides of the shirt so that it fits tighter like a swimsuit.
- Don't do a facing, just turn the neckline wrong sides together and zig zag around the neckline.
- Omit sleeves. Simply turn the arm holes under wrong sides together and zig zag around
- Use the dress length of the shirt for a higher peplum top. (like the bright coral suit)
- or leave the the shirt length for a longer suit top (like the light pink/purple suit)
- Use swimsuit elastic for the neckline and clear elastic for the arm/leg holes. Gently pull the elastic while you sew. Don't pull so tight that you ruffle the fabric, just pull it enough to make the opening a little smaller. You still want it to have a little "give" so that it will lay nicely. You can tell that Lila's top wasn't pulled enough so it's a little loose. I unpicked and re-did that after pictures. :)
I drafted the bottoms myself and while they don't look amazing in the pictures since they're covering a lumpy diaper, they actually turned out pretty well.
These are tankini style so potty trips/diaper changes will be a breeze....I mean as easy as potty trips and diaper changes can be, right?
Happy swimming! My little girlies will be blinding all other pool goers for the rest of the summer.