If you have been following sewpony for a while, you might have seen a few versions of a dress and tunic pattern that I was working on last year. I have stagnated on this pattern, and although I would love to finish it, I just need to put it aside for now as I have made several versions already and need a break from it so that I can be excited about it again. I might look at it again towards the end of the year.
So, that said, I had a brainwave the other night that the sewing world needs more swimwear sewing patterns for kids. I have made a few pairs of bathers (Aussie word for 'bathing suit') for my girls and they were a very satisfying sew. I was sure I had seen a pair on pinterest somewhere that I had pinned of a rouged/gathered centre panel but after searching and searching, I could not find the image that inspired these bathers...perhaps I dreamt it instaed? Anyway...here is a hopeful pattern in the works. A one piece and two piece pair of bathers.
My first prototype features:
halter tie neck
gathered centre front panel
low cut leg line
elasticised lace trim
Here is a close up of the gathering - I love the effect. I might make it a bit more gathered for the actual pattern. Do you also notice my tres awesome wallpaper? Orla Kiely - Linear stem in stone. I LOVE it. My sister helped me put it in last weekend.
I am not sure if the trim should just be around the legs? Anyway, people can decide where they would like to put it.
The two piece variation would look as though the one piece was chopped in half - it will have an elasticised hem under the chest and high waisted briefs with an elastic casing. I used rubber elastic around the top and legs but think regular elastic would have been fine. The rubber elastic is twice the price. I will probably not have the neck ties as long, but I am not sure...
So it might seem a bit strange that I am drafting a bathing suit pattern when we are in autumn here in Australia, but my girls have just started swimming lessons and will be donning their bathers weekly this year, so these babies won't go to waste!
I have a HUGE list of things to sew over the next five weeks but I am really excited to work on this pattern. I would love to release it in May in time for the Northern Hemisphere summer. I am also working on another dress pattern...but with three kids - two at home, school drop offs, pick ups, swimming, painting the house, playgroup, coffee dates, hanging out with my Mum and other busy things, I need more hours in the day!
I would love to hear what you think of my first version...any suggestions? Have you sewn bathers before? Would you buy a PDF bathers pattern? Thanks and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on these vintage inspired bathers/swimsuit/bathing suit!!