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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Assorted Swimwear


Before our recent vacation, some of us desperately needed new swimwear. Well, more accurately, the speedily growing 8 year old needed new suits, and I wanted to try some ideas for a suit for myself.

For mine, I decided to modify some non-swimsuit patterns to make a tankini and swim shorts set. I modified and lined "Bloom Camisole" (Ottobre 5-2009-1) for the top. 

Then I turned "Jazz Pants" (Ottobre 2-2008-5) into shorts, using wide elastic for the waistband. I lined the shorts with "Simply Basic Undies" (Ottobre 5-2009-2), attaching the two layers at the waistband. The shorts worked surprisingly well, although my black fabric wasn't very stretchy, so I'll try a different fabric next time.




I blogged the above suit before. Can you tell I used the same floral fabric as in my suit? Crazy lighting.

The suits got a beating on the trip - chlorine, sun, multiple washings, so they're a bit faded now.


The orange suit with crazy Chez Ami fabric is a tank suit turned into tankini top with swim shorts.
Seahorse swimsuit (Ottobre 3-2009-38) and Seamus trunks (Ottobre 3-2009-40).



And lastly, the Mermaid suit (Ottobre 3-2011-30). My mother-in-law helped me narrow down fabric choices for this one and I think it's my favorite of the suits I've made.



13 comments:

  1. Wow. Very nice. I haven't dared trying to make swimsuits yet, but yours are very inspiring.

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    1. Thanks! Swimwear is much easier than you'd think.

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  2. These are all wonderful pieces. You have a great eye for colour and design.

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  3. These look great! My favourites are the orange spotty ones.

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  4. Lots of inspiration joy!! They are as always so professional looking and individual. What a great idea to make your own tankini, I've always found bought ones aren't long enough and I'm always tugging the top down. Did you use lycra or cotton jersey?

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    1. Thanks! Store bought ones never seem long enough to me, either. This one's definitely long enough.

      I used nylon/lycra for all the pieces.

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  5. These are all so cute! Making swimwear is very impressive. Are those matching mother daughter suits? So cute!

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    1. I guess they are matching suits, but I hadn't thought of it that way, heh!

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  6. I also love the last suit. After sewing a ballet outfit in rather bright colors and seeing "Black Swan" I decided to return to ballet pink/black/white. So classy, and yet, as in your suit, there are endless variations possible in these colors.

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  7. Lots of great swimsuits! You know that they were well used when they show signs of fading!

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  8. I love your tankini, and all of these suits are in the cutest colours!

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  9. I think the Seamus trunks are my favorite--love the directional stripes! These are all great suits.

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  10. Wow, each one of these are really cute! Great job!

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