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I love sewing swimsuits, and this new suit is part of a summer pattern collection from Marisa at Laela Jayne Patterns! She has gone all out with matching women’s and girls versions of this pattern, and several other patterns too! I love putting my girls in one pieces for modesty, and comfort. And I love even more that I can sew for my girls to make them fit their bodies! My oldest put on a RTW suit yesterday to play in the sprinkler, and it was much too short for her. But a suit that’s 2 sizes larger to fit her girth would be too loose, and not decent either.
This is the Vi-Vi suit, the women’s is the Violet suit. It has a faux crossover design. The neck and arms are bound, and the legs are finished with 3/8″ swim elastic. I went pretty basic on the style, because I wanted to go crazy with the color blocking! But there is optional high or low back (this is the low back), optional ruffles to go around the neck, and optional circle side cut outs, which I think are SO fun!
So, I love solids, but have only learned recently to buy them. Haha! I have so many beautiful printed fabrics, and never want to wear them. But my swim stash has only developed recently, and so it’s mostly solids! Well, I actually do want fun prints for suits, so I need to re-work my shopping criteria. But I do love neon, and had a few solids that I thought would be fun together. Since the binding would cross over all the colors, I just decided to do white, to make it all pop. YAASSS 80’s neon fashion inspiration!
The morning I was planning on taking pictures with a fun colorful wall in the background, and styled with high side ponytails, I woke up in the middle of the night to get my son, who was crying, and broke my little toe on his brother’s bed 😦 So, since i was hobbling around, we didn’t do anything fancy for the photos, and I just took them on my front porch again. But I love them. I especially love when I take photos of the girls together, since they have so much more fun, than when they’re in front of the camera alone.
If you’re new to sewing swimwear, this is an easy one to start with! I find swim fabric more stable, and easier to deal with than a lot of knits. And if you get a slippery one, it can be more tricky, but just pin carefully, and you’ll be fine! The pattern comes in sizes 12m-10.
Nylon spandex swim knit
Neon yellow: Joann
Peach and purple: Needle Nook Fabrics
White swim lining I used for binding: Joann