Ivy started [indoor] swim lessons this week. When I pulled out her suits that she wore all summer long, I discovered that the kid grew a little over the past few months, after all. Who knew!? None of her suits fit. Lucky for her, I have a bit of swimsuit knit in my stash, and the Waikiki Swimsuit from Peek A Boo Patterns (affiliate) that I bought 2.5 years ago and had never gotten around to.
Ivy really loves the bum ruffles. A lot. Also, our local pool requires all kids three and under to wear swim diapers, potty trained or not. So her bum and lower half look a little bulky and…odd, but it’s the diapers. We took pictures really fast before her lessons, so it just is what it is.
The first suit I made was the simple butterfly print.
The fabric is all from Jo-Ann stores, with the print in the Red Tag section. The trim and the lining are both part of the regular stock. I made this one more as a muslin, to make sure the fit would be okay and that I would actually end up with a functional suit. I didn’t add any of the pattern’s ruffles, and instead of the halter-style tie at the neck, I crisscrossed the straps and secured them at the back of the suit, then trimmed.
And you can see, there is a bit of gapping at the back, between the straps. I ended up making the second suit more narrow, and I also probably should have placed the straps a bit more closely. And the pattern isn’t for a crisscross back, I just did that.
I also wish I had made the straps just a bit shorter. The front dips down a little more than I’d like in the front. I will probably go back and fix it. Also, she was in such a funny mood this morning, taking these pictures. She kept dancing and striking really interesting poses.
And then she decided to be a bunny.
Both suits are fully lined, this one in white. The crotch seams are both enclosed within the lining, so it’s smooth through that area, which is really nice.
The pattern recommends using a twin needle. I don’t know why, but I am really intimidated by twin needles and have yet to ever use one. So I did a zig zag stitch at the legs on this suit. It worked out pretty well. Not super clean, but not horrible.
And the suit works great! Other than that gaping mentioned earlier, the fit is fantastic. And if I’d gone with the halter, on pattern, in the first, the gaping would be a nonissue anyway. I went with a size 2T based off Ivy’s measurements, and the length is perfect.
The next suit is my favorite. Like, ever.
Which Ivy could not stop touching, she loved them so much. I don’t blame her.
My machine, however did not like the fabric I used on the ruffles. It is the same as what I lined the suit with, just some basic swim lining from Jo-Ann. But my machine kept catching and pulling and the thread kept breaking. GAH! It was super frustrating, and the ruffles kept shifting and bunching wrong. But I eventually made it through. And now I feel maybe I should be-ruffle all the bums!
I made this suit *right* after making the first, and it was late, and I was tired. But I wanted to get it done because I was loving the pattern and the fabric. In my tired stupidity, I decided to skip the step where the pattern says to baste the lining to the main fabric all around before sewing things up. And I paid for that omission at the leg openings.
Also, I did a stretch stitch at the legs, instead of the zigzag, like on the previous suit. I’m not sure which I like better.
What I am sure of? How very, very, very much I love the back of this suit
Having to tie a halter on a three year old, with her hair falling in the way and catching, isn’t super fun. By my word! It’s just so cute!
So, I was going to tell you all about the fabulous fabric I used on this Waikiki, the Eiffel Tower print. I adore it. I got it at Funkalicious Fabrics on Etsy. And when I checked yesterday it was even on clearance for super cheap. But then I shared the info on Instagram, along with the picture of Ivy’s back above. And it sold out. If you ever find it, though, grab it because it is just lovely. The print is so fun, and the fabric is nice and thick with a super soft hand. So the Eiffel print is gone, but there are other fun swim knits in her shop.
You can grab the Waikiki Suit from Peek A Boo Patterns HERE