I'm trying to be ahead of the game this year :) K has outgrown her last swimsuit and thus needed a new one. She and I both loved her Jalie one but the band on top irritated her. She didn't like the seam right at the bust. I decided to try and modify a Kwik Sew 2725 leotard to make a plain tank, and pair it with the Jalie 3351 swim shorts. This is also my 2nd entry into the PR active wear contest.
Kwik Sew 2725
This pattern is for a leotard and you can make it plain or with contrast fabric. When I first tried it on K it was 1" to long in the neckline and armhole. So I took 1" off at the shoulder seams and it was much better. I used a size 10 in shoulders/bust for her and tapered to a 14 in waist. I cropped it off as a tank instead of a one piece suit. I used clear elastic in the neckline and armholes.
The first top I made with flowers and teal contrast fabric, but K doesn't like the seams on the front. (that girl, I tell you!) Perhaps she will get used to it in time. I lined only the flowered front part with the teal swim knit.
The second top I made with leftovers of her old suit and an aqua swim knit for the back panel. I also lined the front panel with a white swim knit.
Floral is "Italian Swimwear Print - Neon Multi" and is nylon/spandex. I picked it up last May from Michael Levine, Inc. LOVE THIS PRINT!! Perfect swim weight. 1 yard, $10.
Teal paired with floral is: "Teal Green Activewear" and is nylon/lycra. I purchased it last May from fashon fabrics club. It is thin and really slippery, plus it is very stretchy. I would use it more for dance and not so much for swim. 1 yard, $6.95
White floral is scraps from her first suit. This fabric was a clearance find at Hancock a long time ago. It is nylon lycra and was $7.59 for the yard. It is super soft and thick. I wish I could have yards of stuff this nice!
The aqua paired with it is "Aqua Blue Activewear" and is nylon/lycra. I purchased it last May from fashion fabrics club. It is a weird knit. Not slippery, but soft. I wouldn't expect it to be a swim knit. 1 yard, $6.95
For both bottoms I sewed a straight size Q and the fit was great. I added the pockets to the side of both pairs. I used clear elastic for the hidden brief legs. Not much more to say except that this pattern is awesome!
~ Happy Sewing! ~ Kristin ~