Part 1 of May's sewing schedule is complete: Swimsuit for Itsa.
I really like the simple design of this pattern. It's open to a lot of customization, and provides full bum coverage. I didn't want to cut up my original pattern, so I photocopied it. I thought about tracing, but the pieces were so small, and I know I'll make it again next year, so I went the easier route of photocopying the whole thing, then printing it out in tiles and taping it together. If I need a larger size next year, I can just print it out again. I really like the convenience of digital patterns.
Since this pattern is from 1970, it's a bit outdated in it's suggested fabrics and techniques. I kind of just winged it based on my underwear and bra sewing experience. Winging it is usually when I run into trouble, but I think this was basic enough to be fine. The only thing I would change would be to buy the narrower swimsuit elastic. Itsa is tiny, she doesn't need the wider elastics I like in my suits. I hope I remember that next year when I make her another suit.
This is a functional swimsuit, and Itsa is dying to jump into the pool once it opens this weekend. I may need to make her a second one if we go to the pool often, but based on previous experience, I don't think it'll be necessary.
Pattern: Kandel Knits 75 - Vintage 1970 pattern from a Portland OR knitting mill
Fabric: Swimsuit nylon/spandex purchased from Our Social Fabric. I paid something around $0.25 for a half metre end piece and have enough left to make a second swimsuit. Also used some left over swimwear lining I had kicking around.
Mods: The pattern called for straight straps that fastened with buttons in the back. Due to the spandex content of the pattern I decided to sew the straps down instead. I also crossed them in the back so they'll stay on Itsa's shoulders. I then added a ruffle under the bust elastic because I could. I used this nifty vintage tool I found in a thrift shop that measures out even pleats.
Conclusion: Itsa has informed me she is ready for the pool. Totally a winner of a pattern which will see a lot of use.