My sister Julie is back again with another post about sewing. This time she’s telling us how she sews swim suits for her daughters.
For many of us moms out there, we know how hard it can be to find modest attire for swimming and yet we don’t want to give up our pools and fun summer activities, right?
About three years ago, we planned a trip to Florida to visit the in-laws. I knew we’d be swimming for two straight weeks and my husband didn’t want the girls to wear “men’s attire” (that ruled out swim trunks) so we had to find a solution.
After a lot of web searching, we found a site that sells swim dresses that we liked but “ouch” at a cost of $70 to $100 an outfit!!! We went ahead and bought our two oldest girls an outfit and myself. They arrived and we loved them.
I still wear mine and the other girls have passed theirs down to their younger sibling. However, being a seamstress (of sorts), I looked and looked at these suits and thought, “I can sew these and probably MUCH cheaper”.
So I have gone to work this summer and have figured out how to sew them swim dresses. I am so excited as we now have a 27’ above ground pool and it will be well used this summer!
Basically, all I did was take a bodice pattern from a dress that I knew would fit the girls and cut four out on the fold (two for front and two for back – no need of extras like buttons or zippers).
Then I cut out two sleeves. It is easiest to use sleeves from same pattern you took the bodice.
I sewed the two front bodices with right sides together and turned them right side (leave the bottom of bodice open to turn and attach to skirt. Then repeated this with the back of the bodice. I sewed on the sleeves and the bodice was done.
Next I figured out 1 and ½ x the girls waist (thickest part is best) and the length we wanted in the skirt part. I cut a piece of this size (ie. 45” x 30”) and then gathered the waist and attached to dress. Sew up the hem and side seams and you are done!!
The leggings are easy if you have a pattern for leggings just sew the length you want them. Here is a picture of my Genevieve wearing hers.
If you wanted a “two piece” then you could use Simplicity pattern #1334. I made the top as a short sleeved.
I used the skirt pattern they enclosed and just made it to the length I wanted. BUT, do not put the waist in yet. Lastly, I made the leggings, minus the waist, to the length I wanted.
When I had the two pieces (skirt and leggings) finished except the waist, then I put them together and folded down the waist to the width I wanted and sewed them together. After this you can put in your elastic and you’re done. Easy and fun to make. I made this one for a friend’s daughter, but now I’m thinking of making one for my youngest daughter☺.
We love our swim dresses and they are not only modest but are practical. Here is a picture of my daughters mowing the lawn between swimming times.
I love, too, that they are covered enough to help prevent sunburns and thus skin cancer!! Happy sewing!! ☺