With swimming lessons and a trip to the family (in-laws') lake cabin looming, I knew I had to get cracking on some swimwear. Both are now past (phew! swimming lessons with 5 kids are a chore and a half); worm holes are always stealing my time.
I still do buy some of my kids' clothes (seriously, I don't have THAT much time!), but the girls' swimwear available in the stores appeals to me very little, especially when I know I can make it cheaper.
And when I make it, my girls can be super picky. Trust me, they totally take it for granted that they can have custom designed swimwear - or any clothing!
I bought a NEW swimsuit pattern (Jalie 3023) for variety and because I plan to use this one (or a variant of it) for myself. The oldest girl was sure to like the tank top. However, neither regular swim bottoms, nor a swim skirt (the horrors!) were okay with her. The only thing she could see herself wearing were swim shorts.
So I slept on it. I could use a legging pattern, but what do I do about the lining piece? Hmm... Then I remembered the unitard pattern I've used (Jalie 3138). Aha! I'll use the bottom piece of the unitard and attach the swim skirt waistband to it. It worked perfectly. (See above.) The shorts are entirely symmetrical, meaning the front and back are the same, but it works all the same.
For a detail photo of the unique crotch lining piece, look here at one of the unitards I made previously.
The swim skirts are very cute and I did get to make some for the little girls. There is a contrasting wide waistband, which you can't really see here.
How about the fit? Other reviewers of the pattern did mention the tendency of the front yoke to gape, especially when wet. I found this to be true - but made worse by poor posture or scrawniness.
On two of Sara's (below) suits, I added a little elastic at the top edge, but that wasn't the right solution, as it gathers the fabric but doesn't snug it inward. Next time, I'll try stretching the yoke width-wise when attaching it. Either way, the gaping isn't all that bad. Always striving for perfection, right?
Otherwise, the fit is great. I think all 3 girls are skinnier than the pattern indicates for their size (by height), so there's a little additional ease in the tops.