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.