Pattern: The M6991 Wrap Front top. I read the reviews of this pattern on Pattern Review paying careful attention to learn from others who've made it before me. I went down to a size 8 as per others suggestion. It does indeed run big, because I think even in a size 8 the shoulders are pretty big on me and the sleeves were very big as well. I ended up cutting the sleeves off as seen in the pictures because the volume of the long version was pretty silly looking on me. If you make this pattern be sure to mark your fabric carefully and note that the front is twisted back on itself- so you definitely need a fabric that is the same on both sides. I can't say that I am sold on the shape of this top, it looked funny when paired with my black pencil skirt. I just don't know about adding volume around my tummy and hips, I usually try to avoid things like that.
One thing that I didn't notice in the other reviews about this top was that the center front is pretty high up, meaning there is real potential for flashing your tummy whenever you raise your arms. That's what I'm trying to demonstrate in the picture below- dangerously close to coming up above my jeans. I am not a fan of that so I will have to wear a tank underneath this top.
Fabric: This fabric is a very thin rayon challis from Fabric Mart. I bought it ages ago and it is a J Crew fabric. I originally bought it thinking I'd make a skirt from it but when it came it was so sheer that I didn't know what to do with it. So this top was perfect because of all the folds in the front of the top you can't see through the front. I am really wondering what this shirt will look like after I hand wash it, will it go back to a pretty shape? To avoid washing it a lot I might put it away until fall when I can comfortably wear a t-shirt underneath it.
Now to the thing that I am most proud of today....I MADE A SWIMSUIT!
McCall 6729. I have seen this pattern and doubted my abilities in the past but this was the year I was determined to make my girls swimsuits. I thought this pattern would be a good starting point and it was. I knew it would be too short for my tall 6 year old gal so I slashed the pattern at the waistline mark and added a little over 1 1/2 inches to the suit, then after holding the pattern up to my daughter's torso I added a little over 1/2 inch to the very top neckline. If you use this method, note that the crotch wraps around from the front to back. It turned out to be the perfect length. You'll have to take my word for it. To get the estimate I needed for length I also measured a swimsuit my daughter tried on at a store. It always pays off to keep a tape measure in my purse!
Plus I added a bit more coverage to the bum, but it wasn't necessary. I added about a 1/4 inch to the back leg curve and then used 1/4 inch elastic instead of the 3/8 recommended. Next time I will cut it out as the pattern indicates and then just use 1/4 inch elastic to finish the leg openings.
I fully lined the suit in polyester swimsuit lining. I didn't want there to be any exposed crotch seams so I layered the pieces this way, Front of suit right side up, back of suit wrong side up, back of suit lining right side up and then front of suit lining wrong side up. I pinned them all together at the crotch, stitched and then flip the front lining up and over the trimmed seam. Worked great.
Fabric: I have had this floral swimsuit fabric for over a year and bought it at 90% off the original price at Hancocks. Its perfect for my daughter who loves bright colors and pink in particular. The lining is just plain white swimsuit lining and I lined the front and back of the suit. The elastic is 5/8 inch fold over elastic from Hobby Lobby.
Will she wear it? Yes! She likes it and its perfect for swimming lessons. Has more than enough bum coverage and chest coverage!! Yippee!
So there you go, making swimsuits is very doable! Don't think I will go back now!
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