Swimsuits for the girls

I found a new joy, sewing swimsuits (see all swimsuits which I sewed before). Our eldest swims every week so sewing a swimsuit will be used every week, not only during summer. But it all started when I wanted to sew a bikini bottom for our middle daughter. During summer our girls mostly wear UV shirts when they swim outside so they mostly need bikini bottoms. So I started looking for swim bottoms with a skirt attached, because of course our girls wanted skirts on their bikini bottoms.

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Our middle daughter is very small in her hips so I had to find a bikini bottom that had a size 6M-9M hips size (without a diaper) and needed to have the option of a skirt. It took me quite some time. Either I did find a great looking bikini pattern but it started at 2Y or 12M and was still not the right size for our girl, or I did find a pattern with the right size but without the right options. In the end I found the Children’s Mairin Swimsuit* by Sew a Little Seam and it exceeded all my expectations.

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The Mairin Swimsuit starts at 3M and goes up all the way to 12Y. In the sizes 3M to 4Y you can choose between with or without diaper ease. I also love the vertical trunk size it uses in the pattern. Besides that it has a lot of options, and I love options in a pattern. For the top options you can choose between narrow strap or wide strap (there are 7 different options) and the pattern includes options like a one piece swimsuit, bikini top length or tankini top length and several strap options. For the bottoms you can choose between a boy short cut or bikini cut with a medium or high rise. Of course ruffles and peplums are also an option.

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I sewed the bikini cut medium rise bottom with a waist ruffle. I lengthened the waist ruffle with several centimeters because I know she loves a good skirt. What I also like about this bikini bottom is the elastic in the waist band it gives it a nice clean look and stays put during swimming.
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Our eldest requested an official two piece bikini. I found the Girl’s Tropical Getaway Swimsuit* by Ellie and Mac Patterns and loved the colour block on the bikini top. I loved the bottom of the Mairin Swimsuit and since the skirt of the Girl’s Tropical Getaway Swimsuit is a separate piece I decided to combine the Top of the Girl’s Tropical Getaway Swimsuit with the bottom of the Mairin Swimsuit for our eldest.
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The top of the Girl’s Tropical Getaway Swimsuit is an easy sew and is fully lined. I lengthened the top of the bikini to get a little bit more coverage (about 5 cm). Also with the fabric I used I thought it would come out nicer with a longer top. With the bikini bottom you can choose to fully line the pants or just use a lining in the crotch area. I chose for the latter as with the extra long skirt I thought it wasn’t really necessary to fully line the pants.

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I also lengthened the skirt of our eldest, but in the end I think it could be a bit shorter. I prefer the length of the skirt of our middle daughter.
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Fabric: the swim fabric was a leftover from this swimsuit, I bought it at Lingeriestoffen.
PatternChildren’s Mairin Swimsuit by Sew a Little Seam (there is also a women’s Mairin Swimsuit)
Sizing: 3M – 12Y
OptionsOptions include wide or narrow straps in a variety of options (halter, cross back, v back, tie back, scoop back, shoulder tie), peplum skirt, waistband skirt, leg ruffles.
Difficulty: some options are a bit more difficult, but other than that it is pretty easy to sew.

Fabric: I bought the Astrokatze Gradient Spring (swim fabric) at OmaLie Stoffen
Pattern: Girl’s Tropical Getaway Swimsuit by Ellie and Mac Sewing Patterns for the top and the Mairin Swimsuit for the bottom
Sizing: 12M – 14Y
Options: Rash guard, bikini top, bikini bottoms and a separate swim skirt.
Difficulty: for beginners, the options are pretty easy to sew.

# Fabric this week: 0 in – 3 out (Total fabric in 2019: bought 62 – used 49 fabric – used 4 gifted fabric – used 5 scrap pieces of fabric) – in total 62 in 58 out
# Patterns in 2019: 14 in – 11 out (3 new patterns, 8 already owned unused patterns)
* Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links”. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission, the price for you will be the same. Thank you for supporting my fabric and pattern addiction!

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