swimsuit-a-thon : galaxy

Summer has finally arrived in our parts. And it came with force! One minute it was so cold we needed jackets and the next we were sweating buckets. As always, I try to plan some swimsuits for the girls around this time of year. Last year I didn’t really get around to it, since they had swimsuits that fit, but this year is was an absolute necessity to get these sewn up. And then I procrastinated until I got some motivation from a friend 🙂 I made a couple of swimsuits that I’ll be showing you guys this week and next, so let’s get started!!!

 

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If you’ve never sewn a swimsuit before because you think they’re too complicated, well I’m here to tell you they’re anything but!! Have you sewn a tee before? Then you can sew a swimsuit!!! The only technique that you’ll need to master (and really I say that like it’s a big deal but it’s not) is to learn to insert your elastic. Here are two videos that I’ve found super helpful in the past (here and here).


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Of course, a good pattern is always a must. My go to is the cosi swimsuit by sewpony. It’s a great beginner swimsuit with great instructions. And once you get comfortable enough you can branch out and make one of the many variations offered. Here I maybe view C in a size 2, leaving out the leg ruffles. The galaxy print is from Spandex World, this is where I tend to get my swimsuit fabrics since they have such a large selection of prints and colours and I typically can’t find anything good locally (and of course it saves me the drive into the city). I’ve found that I tend to go with fabrics that are a little bit heavier (6-7 oz/yard) and this saves me from lining the whole swimsuit. And it won’t become see through quickly over time.

 

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Well now we’ve got one swimsuit down and a few more to go for the season. But at least this one can finally hit the water!

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