Wednesday, July 27

Sewing a Bathing Suit

Last year Eleanora chose the fabric for her swim suit and described to me what she wanted it to look like: a dress with sleeves and shorts underneath. I ventured into the world of swim suit making, not loving the choices available in stores or online, either finding them too skimpy or, at the other extreme - ugly and modest.

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Here's what she chose this year. She wanted no sleeves - fine by me as we don't believe bare arms are immodest, a swirly *thing* on the front and a skirt "down to her knees". She chose the fabric which came from etsy.com. It is bright and bold and completely *her*.
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It took about ten minutes to sketch, twenty to cut out and an hour to sew it all together. The fabric cost about $8.

21 comments:

Kara said...

That is absolutely adorable! You are so talented! I have to make one for my oldest when I get a spare moment (hard to come by with a baby who nurses on the hour). So very cute. Thanks for the idea!

~ Shannon said...

It's beautiful, Hannah! I love that Eleanora was so involved in the design process, and that her swimsuit of choice is so adorable and modest!

Blessings,
Shannon

...they call me mommy... said...

Love it! :)

Amanda said...

Oooh! I love this. We may copy your designs next year. I'm a beginner sewer (hopefully I will improve in a year)but is this hard to do? Did you use swimsuit material? You said you got your material from Etsy, is that the only place you found it. Can you do a tutorial for drawing your own patterns? I tried your maternity skirt tutorial on two of my skirts and have loved it.

Diane said...

Super cute and definitely her! :O)

Heather said...

I love the swimsuit! I am learning sewing, but am not brave enough to try without some type of a pattern or guideline.

bookworm0709 said...

what kind of fabric is it?

Katrina said...

Oh, that turned out beautifully! She picked a wonderful fabric print for it, too. Nice work!

Paula said...

Wow! Amazing!

Allie said...

Hello Hannah!

Love the swimming suit and your blog! I had a question for you--I am getting married this weekend and have been looking for resources on homemaking and becoming a Godly wife. (I was not taught how to sew, have taught myself how to cook, and have limited overall homemaking experience). Could you or your readers recommend some resources for me? I have read your archives and would appreciate any advice you'd be willing and able to give. Thank you!

Emily said...

Absolutely beautiful and love the modest cut! Modesty is so much more beautiful...

Katie said...

That is adorable! And so much better than little ones in bikinis! I have fairly liberal views on modesty, but children wearing clothing that hints at developed bodies really disturbs me!

Anonymous said...

That is great.. Hanna. You are really gifted when it comes to sewing.. We use normal bathing suites for my girls here but I have really gotten into these T-shirts that they sell at Surfer stores. They block out UV rays.. so they do not get sun burned... I think they are expensive, but having a niece that is 2 years older than my girls, and a sister who likes to shop makes life eaiser !
Question though.. How do you sew that bathing suit material? Doesn't "kink' up in your machine? or do you use a surger or something else?
sue in NJ

Verna said...

Do you use a serger for swimsuit making? I really want to give it a try but I'm a little nervous! ; )

Teri said...

That turned out really cute! Do you make swimsuits for the other kids too?

Maya said...

It looks amazing!! Good work!

Janelle said...

Now that is sweet. Love it.

Sarah said...

I've never been able to sew stretch material. What is your secret?

Lynnel said...

So cute!! I really love it! Great price too!

Anonymous said...

You're so talented! It may seem *easy* for you to sew things like that, but for many of us it's so (read: very) hard. :) Thanks for such a wonderful post / tutorial.

april ausdenmoore said...

Hi Hannah,
I was wondering what kind of sewing thread do you use when sewing a swimsuit?

Thanks,
April