Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Swimsuits at Sandbridge

Our week at the beach was a perfect place to capture my little girls in their new swimsuits.  I didn't wait for the lovely evening light as I wanted to get pictures before the swimsuits were drenched in salt water, sand, and chlorine.  Chlorine, you ask?  Yes, the house we were staying in had not one, but two pools.  I used to think that having a pool at the beach was frivolous but after experiencing it when BK was a baby, I'm convinced it's the way to go.  Little kids (and sometimes big kids!) get fed up with the sand, crashing waves, and sea life (jellyfish).  Having a pool means plenty of water time and is also a great way to "wash" off the salt water after some time spent down by the ocean.;)
 
 
Kwik Sew 3998
 
Kwik Sew 3998

Pattern:  Kwik Sew 3998, view C
Size:  XS with added length in the bodice
Fabric:  Nylon/Lycra print (not available on the website) and Yellow nylon/lycra solid, both from Hancock Fabrics and white swimsuit lining fabric
Mods:  Left off the bows (no time!) and added an inch of length in both the front and back bodice
 
 
Gilda Bikini

Gilda Bikini

Pattern:  Ottobre Design summer 2009 #39, "Gilda Bikini"
Size:  122
Fabric:  same as the Kwik Sew swimsuit

The girls had chosen the fabrics on a trip earlier in the summer to Hancock Fabrics.  When it came time for me to sew them new swimsuits, I laid out all the swimsuit fabric and patterns I had and let them choose what they wanted. 

MG chose a new pattern from Kwik Sew.  The pattern sheets for Kwik Sew patterns are no longer printed on paper but a white medium that is a slightly heavier weight than the tan tissue paper that the Big 4 pattern companies use.  I highly recommend trying a Kwik Sew pattern if you're new to sewing swimsuits.  Though, I miss the paper pattern sheet!

BK wanted the Gilda Bikini from Ottobre Design.  She's not quite in a 122 which is the smallest size it comes in, so her swimsuit is a little big.  Still functional but the bottoms especially start to sag a bit after hours playing in the water.  This was my second time sewing this swimsuit.

BK also got a rash guard...

Someone's ready to hit the beach! Ottobre Design rash guard and bikini #beachweek2013 #ottobredesign #hancockfabrics
 
Pattern:  Ottobre Design, spring 2006, #17
Size:  104, 122 length
Fabric:  same as the swimsuits
Mods:  Instead of binding the neckline, I cut a piece of fabric 2 inches wide and the same length as what was needed for the neckline binding.  Stitched the short ends together to form a circle.  Then, I folded that in half, wrong sides together and stitched it the neckline.  That gave it the same appearance at the neck of Dad's rash guard...
 

john walking to surf hm
picture taken by my talented niece, Heather Meinen ,who is a professional photographer
 
Though I made sure that the neckline wasn't as snug as a true rash guard since BK is prone to complain about clothing that is tight around the neck.

The swimsuits got quite the work out while we stayed at the beach:


Kwik Sew 3998
 
 
Gilda Bikini  
 
They also made it into the Atlantic Ocean but you'll have to wait to see that picture.;)

 

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38 comments:

  1. What great swimsuits and fantastic photos too. I must try making them one day!

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  2. Sounds like you had a great vacation at the beach. Swimmy's look terrific!

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  3. Swimsuit swimming....impressive! That is on my list of things to try! In a couple weeks we are headed to a beach house on the east coast....I'm so looking forward to vacation!

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    1. Sewing swimsuits really isn't that bad to do...once you get over the initial fear of it! Give it a try!:) Enjoy your time at the beach.

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  4. Wow - what adorable swimsuits!!!! I never thought I'd be interested in making swimsuits but now I am. You have inspired me. We live near the beach (3 miles away) and you have inspired me to want a pool too.

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  5. What a lovely set. I'd really love to make swimsuits, but in the UK I've not been able to find funky enough patterns!

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    1. Thank you! Perhaps there's a pdf pattern designer who has funky swimsuit patterns? I haven't taken much of a look to see what is offered these days...I've been sticking to my tried and true.:)

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  6. As always these look amazing Cindy, love the colours. I was thinking I hadn't seen that Kwik Sew pattern before - then I read it's new - another one to add to my stash perhaps. Thanks, as always for great swimsuit inspiration.

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  7. Both swimsuits look fabulous, Cindy, especially the top one with the little skirt. Smart thinking making the neck of the rash vest look like Dad's.

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  8. Everything is gorgeous, I love the fabrics especially the cheery yellow. That my favorite raglan pattern to use for rash guards--so cute.

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    1. Thank you! I was so worried about the yellow being too bright but I love how it looks against the floral print.:) That pattern is perfect for rash guards!

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  9. You are so inspiring! I must try sewing swimsuits someday.
    Sounds like you enjoyed a nice vacation at the beach :)

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    1. You really should! Thanks...we had a fabulous time at the beach. I wish we could stay there for a month!

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  10. I've never sewn a swimsuit (fear of knits...lol). Yours are just perfect! Your girls picked styles that go with the personalities I can see in their photos. I could have bet on which style for which girl and won! Bravo, Cindy!

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  11. Omgosh! You are a rock star!!! Thanks for show & tell...I love seeing what you're up too:)

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  12. They're adorable. Looks like everyone had a ton of fun. The girls have a good eye for fabric too :) My first swimsuit fabric arrived in the mail a couple days ago- I'm psyching myself up for it!

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    1. Thanks! They love to pick out fabrics at the store...it's dangerous to turn them loose in there.;) Good luck with your first swimsuit!

      Cindy

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  13. oh wow, you did an amazing job!!

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  14. Love them all Cindy! The beach looks amazing, great pictures.

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    1. :) Thanks, Brittney! We had the most perfect weather for the week...no rain and lots of sunshine.

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  15. Both of these are amazing. I am making a note of the Kwik Sew one, my little girl said she would love one with those ruffles on. No pressure!

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    1. Thanks, Katy! I've been impressed with the Kwik Sew swimsuit patterns I've sewn...they have good directions.:)

      Cindy

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  16. The swimsuits look great, Cindy! Very professional looking.

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    1. Thank you, Nicole! They've gotten a lot of use the last 2 weeks.:)

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  18. Cindy, These are gorgeous, you always have such great fabric, and the yellow is a perfect match. We were in the other side of the Atlantic about the same time!!! after finally getting a heatwave in Ireland!

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  19. Love the suits! Lots of coverage everywhere that's important, i can't stand how many store bought suits that are available that have no coverage for little girls.

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  20. The suits are adorable! I like the bright cheery fabric. (I'm starting to get sick of my endless two yards lengths I've gotten from Chez Ami.)

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  22. They look GREAT! Love, love that pale yellow!
    -Jenny Jo

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  23. so cute! i particularly love the ruffled suit. very sassy. :)

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    1. Thanks, Teri! The ruffled suit is definitely a favorite around here.:)

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