|Pattern Description: |
View A, pullover cover-up has contrast lined hood, raglan sleeves, bottom ruffle, purchased applique, stitched hems and optional bow. View B, two-piece swimsuit has lined fronts on top and bottom, two contrast bows, edges finished with elastic. View C, one-piece swimsuit has lined front, contrast binding, flounces with raw edge, five contrast bows and elastic at upper edge and leg openings.
I made view C (one piece swimsuit w/flounces).
Girls sizing XXS(3), XS(4-5), S(6), M(7-8) and L(10). I made a medium which is size 7-8 for my almost seven year old daughter who is super tall (52") and runs small through the chest (23 1/2"). This size worked perfectly for her with no alterations despite her having an issue with almost every other swimsuit pattern I've made and/or swimsuit that I've purchased for her (which are normally too short in the torso),
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes however I criss-crossed the straps in the back so they would stay on better and also declined to put on three bows in the back (one was above the bottom in the small of the back, I don't think so! LOL!).
Back of swimsuit on DD
Swimsuit flat, close-up and also shows inside lining
Alternate front on DD
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Instructions were easy to follow. I would say they are not in the best order but easy to follow (more detail later). I would also note that at least for View C, Step 9 incorrectly shows elastic for a waistband, and there isn't elastic for the waistband on this pattern.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- I like the way things look on the inside and that I could do 100% of this on my regular sewing machine and ballpoint needle, didn't even take the covers off the serger or coverstitch machines. I used Kwik Sew's method of doing the elastic and topstitching (with a zig-zag), and it looks nice and will hold up well. I used Jalie's method for sewing the seams and trimmed some of the seam allowances to accomodate this (some seams are 5/8", some 3/8").
- I liked the way they instruct to not stretch the elastic from the front side seam to the front notch but stretch everywhere else. It makes it look nice and do well.
- The fit on this was pretty good. I went into this determined that I was going to have to add length to the torso but after measuring the pattern and DD, I realized I wouldn't which was a pleasant surprise as she normally has this fit issue in swimwear (and had it with Jalie 3134 last year).
- Finally a pattern that comes up to an appropriate bodice height on my daughter! For some reason a lot of the girl's patterns just are drafted so low....I was very pleased that this provides adequate coverage at the top and looks nice on her.
- Kwik Sew only calls for lining the front and then doesn't provide a one piece lining, instead having you just use the bodice and panty pattern. I think at the least the back panty ought to also be lined . I opted to make it a full lining and a one piece front/back.
- The straps as designed would slip off, in fact even in the pictures of this pattern it appears they are about to fall off the little girl. I criss-crossed them which I would highly recommend - the straps were plenty long enough to do this for me, but I had added extra in case but didn't need it. The curvature of the straps lend themselves nicely to angling the straps and crossing in the back.
- Bows for view C are completely left out of the instructions despite being pictured everywhere (and being 5 of them!) and in technical drawing. I ended up referencing view B, Step 9 on what size to make the bows (5/8" by 11") and then just sewed them on by hand in the locations shown for view C.
- The only fit issue I had with this is that the back "panty" is too wide at the bottom therefore bunches up a bit on my daughter's lower bottom. I thought it looked wide when I cut it out but easy enough to resolve next time.
- Not exactly the Kwik Sew of old, welcome to the McCalls version. This is a new Kwik Sew, and therefore the instructions are just not the same, seam allowances are all over the place (why not just make them 3/8", these are knits right?), instructions missing for the bows, execution order not exactly logical, etc. It makes me sad that Kwik Sew has well, become this.....oh for the Kwik Sew of old especially considering the prices still run higher even on sale than others.
A nylon/lycra blend cream/pink floral from JoAnn Fabrics and a dark pink nylon/lycra from Fabric Mart Fabrics for the contrast pieces. I used a nude poly/lycra blend from JoAnn's (Jet Set line I believe) to line the swimsuit. I used 1/2 yard of main fabric if that and 5/8 yard of contrast.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I drafted a one piece front and one piece back lining for the swimsuit. I detest seaming on linings, especially swimsuits for kids so I just made it one piece for comfort. This meant I had to reshuffle the instruction order to accomodate this since Kwik Sew only lines the front and uses two pieces. For reference for anyone wanting to do the same thing, I sewed up the lining sides and then changed the execution order to Steps 1-4, 8, 11-12, pulled lining crotch through leg hole and sewed the crotch seam of lining, basted leg openings (lining and fabric), 9-10, 5-7 and then the bows.
- I changed instruction order both to accomodate the full lining but also to make sure that steps 5-7 (attaching the back and shoulder straps) were done last so I could fit my daughter. It makes no sense to me to do these up front as Kwik Sew says to as you don't have the bodice attached to the bottom and can't size it at all.....I held off on doing these steps until the end so I could have her put the entire thing on, adjust the straps, mark and sew down. Much better....I think anyone sewing for a child would want to do the same.
- I only sewed on two of the five bows called for. DD and I had a discussion and agreed that the back bows were kind of silly for us so we just did the front ones.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Since this goes up to size 10, I'm sure I'll be making this again next year. It's cute, DD loves it, it fits her, easy to sew so yeah, I'll make it again. I much prefer the Jalie patterns however I couldn't talk DD into using them (of course right because I already had those, LOL). This pattern worked out better than I thought as I had lower expectations knowing it was a new Kwik Sew and that McCalls has drastically changed what that means (Kwik Sew of old, no problem, love them). I would recommend this pattern but definitely recommend also changing the instruction order so that you do the straps last for fit purposes and also recommend adding/changing the lining. Next up for me is to make the cute swim cover also included in this pattern!