To say I’ve been busy is an understatement! Caring for three kiddos that are 4 years old and younger does not leave me with a whole lot of free time/me time. I’m realizing I’ve been seriously delinquent in finding time to both sew and take/edit pictures. *sigh* That being said, I’m going to *try* harder since sewing has become a way for me to de-stress. De-stressing is always a good thing. I’m sure my kiddos agree. 😉
I made K’s swimsuit (as seen in my last post) and naturally E’s response was “where’s MY swimsuit?” Since I had plenty of extra fabric, I used it to make a coordinating suit for her.
For E’s suit, I wanted a one piece, but again with ruffles. I discovered the Waikiki Swimsuit Pattern by Peek-A-Boo Patterns and felt it complemented K’s swimsuit perfectly.
Sewing with swimsuit fabric has been a learning experience to say the least. I tried using clear elastic as called for, but for whatever reason it didn’t like me or my machine. I still have no idea what the issue was. I used a ballpoint needle and walking foot, just as I always do with other knits. Once I switched to rubber elastic (also suitable for swimming conditions), I did much better. It’s just much thicker. The clear elastic seemed to keep sticking to my needle??? Clearly I need some help with this.
This swimsuit turned out great and again the instructions were easy to follow with detailed photos. I made a size 2T since that is her ready to wear size even though her chest size measured for an 18month. It does seem that the top part where the ruffle is located is a little wider than I’d like, but I’m hoping it just means she’ll be able to wear it longer. It also fits her well with her swim diapers. We have yet to tackle pottle training/learning with her yet…
I LOVE these swimsuits. I love the pink with the brown damask. I love the ruffles on my sweet little girls. I love that I’ve received questions as to where I bought them! I usually refrain from informing people that I’ve made their clothes except when specifically asked where I got them. However, my husband and oldest daughter usually tell people (isn’t that sweet of them?). I still see the small imperfections….
We tried out the suits at a fantastic splash pad/playground near our home and they held up well! We had several compliments as well as questions about whether or not the girls were twins. Granted that happens regardless of whether or not their clothes match/coordinate.
We spent Memorial Day weekend at one of the islands of the coast of Georgia and had so much fun with our friends. The girls had a blast at the pool/beach and baby T basically slept through his first trip to the beach. Hah! The girls wore their new suits and have cute little tans to show for it. Love those Coppertone baby bums! Anyone else remember those ads? Do they still exist?
P.S. Sorry the pictures aren’t the greatest and we’ve got random hands/feet photobombing. Sadly, I didn’t take as many pictures as I thought!