Sunday, July 12, 2009
The day before a trip to Illinois with my older girls, I decided to take 4-year-old Emily with us. She didn't have a swimsuit, so I pulled out my Ottobre magazines and made her one. I used two patterns to create a 2-piece tankini top and "boy leg" bottoms. I like this type of bottoms because it provides more coverage than a traditional swimsuit. The fabric was bought about 3 years ago from Joann's. I highly recommend this style of swimsuit if you want something more modest than most swimsuits and if you want a 2-piece for ease of dressing and toilet breaks.
The tankini top is design #20 from the 02/2004 issue of Ottobre. It is a size 104, modified by lengthening the pattern and leaving off the bottom half. A ruffle is attached to the hemline.
The swimsuit bottom is design #35 from the same magazine issue. The pattern is actually for boys' swim trunks, but it works just as well for girls. I made no modifications to the swim trunk pattern.
I've always been a bit apprehensive about sewing swimwear, but after sewing this size 4 suit I realize it wasn't too difficult. I might just be able to try a more challenging swimsuit pattern someday.