The title of my post hails from Dora… The Explorer. When you have a toddler who tends to watch the same show over and over, the songs tend to get stuck in your head, you know? We have DVD players in our cars which are
helpful life saving for long road trips. It is this reason that my husband knew all the words to Frozen before he had actually SEEN Frozen.
The weather is warming up here and we are getting excited for summertime fun. Our weather gets HOT and stays hot most of the summer so we tend to spend a lot of time at the water table, in the sprinkler, or playing at the pool. We also enjoy taking vacations to the beach. We have one planned soon that we are looking forward to.
I was cleaning out the kids dresser, putting away old clothes that no longer fit and pulling out ones that do. Unfortunately I realized we were lacking in the swimsuit department for BOTH kids. I decided it was a perfect opportunity to try my hand at making them.
There was a Facebook post in one of the many sewing groups I belong to about a company closing shop and selling all their fabric at greatly reduced prices. I snagged up some swimsuit fabric and set it aside. (If you were wondering, it was called Chez Ami, but they are no longer open).
I had eyed this pattern for ruffle swimsuit bottoms from Peek A Boo Patterns since Christmas time. I am fond of tankinis for my potty trained 4 year old, but not fond of the fit on so many that I find in stores. The nice thing about this pattern is that it fits well, but also provides a pattern for skirted bottoms, ruffle bottoms, a regular bottom and a skirt alone. Since the top was not included in the pattern, I had to find one! Enter Zaaberry. I found this free 5T pattern/tutorial from Zaaberry’s site which also provided a link to modifying it to a top only. I thought it complimented the bottoms perfectly. I made slightly larger seam allowances for my 4T toddler and it worked out well.
The fit was perfect. Bum coverage was exactly what I was looking for and the tankini top came down enough to cover most of her abdomen. Daddy approved. (We are not big fans of bikinis on little girls, personally. To each his own). This was the beauty of making the suit to my daughters measurements and another reason why I enjoy being able to make clothes for the kids. My skinny/not short kids get better fitting clothes this way and I have a creative outlet. Win/Win. If you can’t tell from the pictures, my daughter is pretty happy about her new swim suit too! Next up, a swimsuit for E! (And maybe all the family if I’m feeling brave!)