It was 43degrees CELCIUS (108F) in Sydney the other day and I found that the coolest place to be was my sewing room. I had got zapped the day before by some blue bottle stingers and I did not like the idea of putting on swimmers that had been soaking in vinegar to kill the last of the stingers so I made a new pair of swimmers.
KwikSew 3418 swimsuits and dress have an empire seam, they are lined at the bust, and the outside edges are finished with elastic (because if you don't everything will just fall out!) View A has optional bra cups and is gathered at the bust, sides and center front. The shoulder straps can be sewn to the top of the cups, or one strap can be tied to the center. View B & C have a deep V-neckline and gathers below the bust. (see the pic - I should have inserted bra cups LOL!!) The View C dress has a slightly flared skirt. I made View C and some briefs.
The pattern is sized XS - XL A nice multisize pattern to play with. I cut a L because I measure as a XL but I could have cut the briefs as a M.
I used a lycra remnant that I had picked up from the Remnant Warehouse in Sydney. A great little shop on Botany Road if you're ever passing by.
The instructions were easy to follow - even down to the length to cut the elastic. I used 1cm swimwear rubber and ran it through with the overlocker then used a twin needle because I couldn't be bothered rethreading for the coverstitch (it was getting hotter in the sewing room by this time)
I like the simple style as it is so easy to adapt. I cut View C shorter to make a tankini style top and then cut some briefs using the swimsuit pattern. Even though I went down a size I could have gone down one more for the briefs. They are a good cut for full rounded bottoms. I calculated the side lingth of the briefs and cut the swimsuit bottoms. When I sewed the crotch lining I just caught it on the leg edges so that when you get dumped in the surf it is easier to get the sand out. (don't you just hate the way sand gets everywhere?) I also insterted elastic in the straps so that they don't stretch when wet or get hit by a wave.
My very critical DD was impressed with these swimmers and has requested I make her the View C dress - to wear as a dress.
I have water tested these swimmers. They don't drag in the water too much when you swim and the sand does not collect too easily in the briefs. The lycra is a quick dry variety too so that's an added bonus.
A pretty cool outcome for one of the hottest days in Sydney!