Sunday, June 7, 2015

Rash Guard and Swim Bottoms–Jalie 2805 & 3351

I know, I know; I said I was done with swimsuits, but they are so addicting, and fast!
Miss K loves all her swim shorts but she keeps complaining about the tanks.  I got so tired of it that I picked her up a rash guard at goodwill a few weeks ago.  She loves it but it matches none of her bottoms and is sort of big on her.  The other day she wore it in our pool and I got an idea to use a Jalie pattern to make her a rash guard myself.  I mean, it’s really just a swim t-shirt.  (How crazy it was for me that I sewed this up yesterday and then seen Dawn’s blogpost this morning that she sewed up 3 with this same pattern!)


I traced out Jalie 2805 with her exact measurements because I wanted it snug.  “M” for the shoulders/bust and “O” at the waist/hip. 

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I lined the front piece with the aqua so that nothing should show through but the strawberry ended up being thick enough.

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I also made her more swim short bottoms (gosh I’ve made these like 6 times now? 7? I can’t even count) to match with Jalie 3351. Size “S” at waist to “O” at hip; they are a little loose on her but she will grow.  I omitted the side pockets and just retraced that part to be even with the bottom of the shorts. They sew much quicker without that pocket Winking smile

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Miss K loves this – YAY for mom!  I really need to let her make the decisions from here on out with what I sew for her.  She says the fit is great (except the armpit is a tiny bit tight).  I will definitely make this again for her.


Fabric for both:The strawberry is an Italian Swimwear Print - ML228125 - from Michael Levine, Inc.   I purchased it May 2014, 1 yard for $10. It cut and sewed like a dream and is a nice weight. The pastel aqua I just purchased from Fabricmart, 1 yard for $4.40.  It was very slippery to cut and sew – no fun.  It is also really lightweight and see-through when wet. Why are solid swim colors always more lightweight than the prints… Total for the outfit = $14.40

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Summer Fun!
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15 comments:

  1. This made such a cute suit! I am definitely going to make some rashguard shirts one day. It always concerns me if it will be a long day in the sun. I don't always trust the sunscreen with bare shoulders.

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    1. Thanks Shirley! I was getting so excited to finish it and try it on her :D K is my burner too so I am glad her shoulders are covered with the rashguard. :D

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  2. Super cute :D
    I wish I had a dress in those fabrics!

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  3. I have learnt the hard way, input results in the recipient wearing it.
    Love the swim suit, we are putting in a pool too. So excited.

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    1. Lol, stinks because I want to make what I want to make and she wants what she wants! hahahaha. Thanks Nicole, and omg you will LOVE having a pool! (ours is only up 3 months out of the year so we did above ground)

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    2. Have a few more, you may get a more pliable one ;)

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    3. No, no more for us. :) Physically I don't think my body could take it; and mentally we are past the baby/toddler stages. LOL. I'll enjoy all the nieces and nephews and then give them back to their parents when I'm tired ;-)

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  4. Great swim outfit, with adorable fabric. Rash guards are the best!

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    1. Thanks Meigan! It has gotten lots of use already :)

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  5. I love that fabric print and she looks like she's enjoying her new swimwear. I'm always scared to try swimwear. When I try it I might be asking you questions!

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    1. Thanks Amy! it is such a fun, age-appropriate print :D She does love it. Swimwear is super easy once you get past the initial fear. I'm hooked now! Ask any questions, I'd be happy to answer :D

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  6. OMG that's the cutest rash guard ever! And matching swim shorts. SUPER FUN. I love how professional your garments look. Do you have a coverstitch machine? I haven't invested in one yet. Any recommendations?

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