Thanks to my fabulous in-laws we were able to spend a week at the beach with my husband's side of the family. His parents weren't able to come down until Tuesday because his father had been in the hospital with pneumonia. Luckily, my father-in-law's health improved enough that he could fly down and spend the rest of the week with his 3 kids (+ 3 spouses), 12 grandchildren (+ 5 spouses), and 6 great-grandchildren!
The little girls
BK really wanted another one piece but I convinced her to go with a tankini to make it easier for bathroom breaks.
patterns: top- Ottobre Design 03/09 #38 "Seahorse" swimsuit bottoms- Kwik Sew 3998, view B
sizes: top-128 bottoms- M 7/8
mods: a bunch! see below
Since BK is so enamored by Kwik Sew 3998 I modified the pattern to make the bottoms. I used pattern pieces 15, 16, and 17 and then added a waist band with elastic. I could have made the tankini top with the same pattern but I wanted to use an old favorite...Ottobre Design "Seahorse". Last time I sewed this BK was in a 110! I cut the pattern off right above the leg openings to make it into a top. The straps are also applied a bit differently than the pattern calls for.
BK chose a pink/white polka dot tactel/nylon from my stash and I paired it with a solid pink that Rachel Le Grand from Nest Full of Eggs so kindly sent me. Thanks, Rachel!
patterns: top- Jalie 2564, view B bottoms- Kwik Sew 3605, view C
fabric: swimsuit fabric from Hancock Fabrics
sizes: top- I bottoms- small
mods: didn't do the adjustable straps on the top
Jalie 2564 is out of print but it includes a long camisole with shelf bra, double front pull on bra, and bikini or brief underwear. I originally purchased this for the long camisole but the pattern sat and sat until I this past year when I pulled it out to make underwear for the little girls. I've made 11 pairs (I think!) and the girls love them.:) Back to the bikini, MG requested a bikini top that was straight across. I debated drafting one but then realized that I could use the Jalie pull on bra pattern. I did add elastic to the binding to ensure a snug fit.
I added a little green tie to the front of the bottoms so that they tied in with the top better. If I had had more time while sewing these, I would have added a green waistband. MG loves the Kwik Sew boy shorts...no wedgies when you jump into the pool!