I had never sewn swimwear (togs for people in kiwi-land) before, I had wanted to but to be honest it seemed a little daunting! But after finding some gorgeous fabric at spotlight last month I had to give it a go! Not being quite game enough to start with a pair for me Hannah was up first.
A little on the big side but other than that I think they look great! And more importantly she loves them too ♥ She’s wearing them under her bathrobe since we took the photos it’s really not swimwear weather yet brrr!
I haven’t done a full tutorial on these, I drafted the pattern off her old togs with a lot of editing. Here are a few photos from along the way.
Cutting the pieces, they looked ginormous! After I sewed the sides together I waited till Hannah woke up the next morning, didn’t want to have to unpick them! They were a little big but not too bad, and at the rate that girl grows it’s probably a good thing!
Just in case the fabric wasn’t colourful enough lets add some purple shimmery trim. Yep that was at Hannah’s request! With that fabric I doubt anything would clash, it has so many colours in it. Added the leg trim first, adding quite a bit of gather on the back to allow for bum room.
I decided on a halter neck, I love the look! But I stitched it together to prevent it coming undone while swimming, and so she can put them on by herself. I didn’t fold and sew the straps all the way to the end, I liked the look of the bow without seams. It is a stretch nylon/lycra so it won’t fray, it’s not as strong but the bow is just decorative since I stitched the straps together before the end of the seams.
Of course I didn’t forget the tag! You can also see the small zigzag stitch used for the whole pair of togs, that way it is still stretchy.
Hopefully summer arrives soon so she can wear them without her bathrobe over the top!
If you want a full tutorial let me know!
Coming Soon…Swim Trunks for Harry!