Monday, June 9, 2014

Jalie 3023 and 3351 ~ Swim Tank and Shorts

If everyone knew how easy it was to make a swimming suit.... Seriously. This was mostly easy and relatively fast.



This was my wearable muslin test for K and it turned out great.

Jalie 3023 Tank; 
Tankini / Skirtini Sewing Pattern Cover
Size L in shoulders and bodice to an N at the waist and hip.  I fully lined this puppy because it is white fabric. (well, underlined technically because I serged all edges together and treated lining and fabric as one).  I knew K would not want the shelf bra either so lining it eliminated that.
front
 back

I flew through the beginning steps and things were looking great. Then I got to the straps and I was so confused.  I read the directions a million times and the diagram was no help.  So I winged it but in the future, Meigan at Get My Stitch On has an excellent tutorial and shows each strap step in nice pictures. (Thanks to Joy for pointing me in that direction!)
inside

I had the skirt for that pattern all traced and then K told me she didn't want a skirt but shorts. Perfect timing because Jalie just released 3351 - a swimshort with brief pattern.
Jalie 3351 - Swim Shorts

It came Friday? Saturday? I'm not sure but it came a few days ago.  I cut and sewed a size O - the size I use for K's Jalie undies.  This shorts pattern has cute criss-cross pockets on the sides.  I wasn't going to add them, but then decided I liked the feature.
side pocket!

Make sure you follow the directions.  I had to unpick stitches a few times because I went against the directions. The right side of the pocket faces up on top of the right side of the side panel. Also, when attaching the panel to the side of the shorts, there will be a longer piece hanging down on the main shorts - This is ok! It is for turning up and topstitching.
nice coverage


The only thing that disappointed me about the pattern directions is the last step. I thought I was missing a part.  It doesn't explain how to attach the briefs inside the shorts, with the waistband.  I used common sense and the picture they show - waistband inside with R side to R side of shorts (that are inside out) with briefs next. Whew, so it's a sandwich.  Next time I will baste the briefs to the shorts before I attempt to attach the waistband.


They fit great. I love them.  I will be making the top a tad bigger in width for K next go around.  We received 2 more swim fabric for her "real" suits - although this one is super cute and will get lots of wear too. This fabric was a clearance find at Hancock some time ago.  It just lists it as a nylon lycra and was $7.59 for the yard.  It is super soft and thick. The white bands are from a remnant at Mill End's closeout sale. It rolled so much I was pulling my hair out.  I also purchased some swimwear fabric for a suit for me :D  I can't wait to get it sewn.
love these pockets!

inside

Summer is finally here at our house. Yay for no school!  We had our town festival this weekend so we were busy. And this week is pretty packed - with camping ending the week out.  I look forward to some down time which should come next week. I have 4 or 5 new patterns arriving this week and I can't wait to get some ME sewing done!!
K at the festival

The kids are sumo wrestling as I type this... 

June Totals:
(stash is anything purchased before this year)
Stash used: 2.5 yards
Fabric Out: 3.25 yards
Fabric In: 24.25

Totals for the year to date:
Stash sew this year: 30.50 yards
Fabric out in 2014: 118.25 yards
Fabric in 2014: 129.75 yards

~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~

18 comments:

  1. Both pieces look great. Especially for kids swimwear is so simple, definitely as quick as a shopping trip. Look forward to seeing what you have planned.

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    1. Thanks! I really never knew how fast one could whip these out! I'm almost sorry I didnt' start sewing her suits sooner!

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  2. Very cute suit! I'm glad my tutorial helped :)

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    1. Thanks Meigan, it really did help and I'm so saving it for future use!

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  3. I used to make all my daughter's suits when she was little - they really are much easier than people think. The only tricky part for me was managing several layers of fabric + elastic and getting it all stitched together. Cute suit - great job!!

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    1. Thanks Sew Maris! I did have a fun time with those layers ;-)

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  4. Ha! I love the sumo wrestling pictures, but I'm not showing my kids the idea, hehe!

    The suit is super cute - I want the same two pieces myself! It seems to fit her well and looks like it'd be really comfortable for a long day of use in and out of the water. The pocket seems to be an unusual idea at first, but then I can see how it would be really useful.

    My swim shorts pattern arrived this weekend....yay!

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    1. hahaha, my kids are nuts with their ideas. Dad helped promote this one. I was waiting for someone to get hurt or something to get broken. They thought it was so funny to be stuffed like marshmallows.
      I want this same two piece for me too :D I just hope it goes as easy for me. I will be on the lookout for yours!

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  5. Love this! It is really challenging to find appropriate RTW swimsuits for girls. This turned out so nice and great fitting so you can literally wear this anywhere! Our last day of school is Thursday here.

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    1. Thanks Shirley! I completely agree. K is sooooo modest too. She felt very comfortable in this though so I was happy and she was happy :) Yay for no more school!

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  6. I wish it would be that quick to make swimmwear for adults, sigh. The swimsuits looks really cute and it looks like K loves it :) I love that summo wrestling pic, haha.

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    1. I hope it will be that easy to make this set for me :) We shall see! Thanks Daniela!!

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  7. This whole set is so cute! I love the print and the trim complements it perfectly. I will be really interested to know how you get on with making your own swimming costume, as it's something I'm currently too scared to tackle!

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    1. Thanks Philippa! I don't know what scares me more, sewing my suit or taking pictures of me in it and putting them on here !! lol. :)

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  8. The swimsuit is fabulous! I haven't purchased any Jalie swimsuit patterns yet but I think it's time I do. That pocket is handy on the shorts...I bet they'd make great running shorts.;)

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    1. Thanks Cindy! You really should try them. You would get lots of use out of them for all your girls, and yourself! I've seen them as running shorts, too. Very cool!

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