I’ve got an ever-replenished supply of wet towels strewn about the patio and a constant pool of water collecting under some wet little body in my kitchen which indicates that yes, indeed, it’s Summer. My kiddos sort of just live in their swimsuits, so I find that I need several to rotate through–I’m not sure what’s so tortuously awful about putting on a wet suit, but you’d think it was akin to water-boarding by the way my gal protests. Consequently I’ve had to whip up a couple to accommodate her growing torso and demand for a supply of dry suits.
This swimsuit was inspired this Marc By Marc Jacobs Colorblocked Peplum Maillot, and I used this Kwik Sew K3785 as a jumping off point. I had already cut the pattern out from her suit last summer, and although she’s grown and needed a size up, I tried to just eyeball it, and that process, in combination with completely altering pretty much everything about the pattern, took approximately too long. Although I COMPLETELY LOVE IT, and sheesh, does it look scrumptious on her, I’m not completely happy with it. I’m not sure how long it will fit her, and I can already tell after two times wearing it, that the fabric isn’t high quality and is going to fuzz and ball (I think I bought it from Denver fabrics last year). Oh well. It’s pretty adorable right now, and swimsuits are (usually) quick and easy to whip up. I’m actually already working on another for her.
I am also seriously contemplating a Mama-version of this suit for myself. Yes? Although I really love the first suit I made for myself (it’s holding up great), I’m hesitating to make another because I wasn’t happy with the bra insert in the end, and don’t know if there’s anything better out there. My sister Em just made an ADORABLE swim shirt and she just used a normal bra, which I hadn’t thought of. Maybe that’s the ticket? Or do you have an insert that you have used and really liked?
As always when I talk about swimsuit sewing, I must refer you to the fount of all swimsuit knowledge aka Renae’s blog. I review all her tutorials each time I start a swim project, just because there’s so much helpful information there. I’ll say it again: THANK YOU for providing such a wealth of information!
Are you intimidated by swimwear? Have you ever tried sewing a suit, and if so, did you wear it and did it hold up? Have you seen any killer swimsuit designs out there that you’d love to recreate? Dish!