This was my baby in 2009 when she was 4
and wearing the swimsuit I made then.
And here is my baby, now 7.
Yes, the swimsuit is almost the same. The same fabric, same pattern, but a few size bigger and this time without the ruffle on the tankini top.
The pattern: Ottobre (of course!) 04/02, Summer issue
The top is design #20 in a size 122, modified from a one-piece into a tankini. The shorts are design #35 in size 128.
The fabric is the same at Emily's request. This girl likes purple. :)
Since I did not have any purple thread for my coverstitch machine, I simply used a zigzag stitch to apply the elastic. I stitched the elastic first to the wrong side of the fabric and then turned it under and stitched from the top side, slightly stretching the elastic as I stitched. Using a zigzag (or other stretch stitch) and stretching the elastic gives the seams an elasticity which is a must for swimwear.
True confession: I have enough of this fabric that I can probably make yet another swimsuit! I wonder if Emily will still like it in another few years? Probably not.... One of my granddaughters may just get a purple swimsuit someday. :)