We are putting in a pool.
So everyone needs new swimmers.
Lidia's had disintegrated so she went first.
Liddy is tricky to buy swimmers for. She is so thin naturally and after having nasty bout of tonsillitis that actually required an antibiotic, she is even more so at present.
(Although she proudly announced this morning she has gained two kilo in a fortnight)
She has broad shoulders though and is long in the body.
Liddy always loved Zara's and requested a pair.
I drafted a muslin off on pattern interfacing and tissue fit it first.
I had to alter it a lot.
The 12 was a good fit around her chest but impossibly baggy through the waist and bottom.
I ended up taking several inches out. I pinched an inch from the middle and reshaped the sides by over an inch on each edge.
They ended up with a cute boy-leg look.
As part of the construction you sew two casings down the side seams and thread ties through them.
They make a bow at the leg.
It's a very cute detail.
I purchased the fabric off of eBay. It was marked as 'Speedo' and it is certainly fine quality.
We shall see how it lasts.
She loves them.
I didn't get the fit quite right, they are still a little loose but she is eating like a trooper so hopefully she will fill out a bit more.
When you see those shoulders you understand her swimming ability. She is a little fish!
We both love the vintage swim suit vibe the pattern and fabric create.
It is definitely not a competition suit, Liddy prefers a race back for that, but as a fun, pool party look, it is perfect.
I still have a big enough piece left to make her a rash vest and I will try my hand at a KwikSew racer back pattern.
xx N (& Liddy)