Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Anyone for Swimming?

My mother swims several mornings a week, and recently spent quite a bit of money on a swim-suit. It began to disintegrate quite quickly....not impressed! We discussed where she might go to get a new one and at what price?! So of course being the good daughter that I am, I offered to make her one! What was I thinking!?
My Mum is not tall, about 5 ft (152cm) and has a short torso... (not helped by her recently, diagnosed curved spine) and like me she needs some sort of self bra thingy...without padding! So the plan was for a racer back, one piece swimsuit in a small size with a shelf bra. Not the easiest pattern to find, mind...most swimsuits are for "lounging" according to my mother! No lounging for her, I tell ya!
We ended up going for Kwik Sew 2962. I was really impressed with everything about it. We chose a swimwear fabric with an Opal background and Blackberry coloured pattern from Elingeria
The front...



The back, with the shelf bra showing inside...

I waited anxiously outside the bathroom while she tried it on and lo and behold...it fits her! Only just...We were a bit over the top in our shortening it, but it is fine...it will stretch...won't it?!


Before I started Mum's swimsuit, I decided to to a bit of practicing on that type of fabric, so I made Tadhg the boys swim shorts form Ottobre 3/09. They worked out really well too..very cute on... (the fabric is dark green, it sort of looks grey)



Maeve also got new swimmers with the tiny bit of left-over fabric from my mother's swimsuit. I used the Seahorse swimsuit pattern also from Ottobre 3/09.

8 comments:

Nicole said...

Well done you, they all look lovely!

Heather said...

Your mom's suit looks wonderful! The kids' suits are great too! I broke down and bought two new suits last night. Mine are literally falling apart. I've made a few suits in the past and enjoyed it. They just didn't give my bust the support it needs. I need to try to incorporate an underwire bra in it somehow!

Nö said...

Millie, I am lacking of speech! YOU ARE A STAR!

Millie said...

Thanks Nicole....lovely of you to say so...

Heather..you do water aerobics don't you?..I don't think my mother's would stand up to that! Just lengths of the pool..

Oh Nina..you're too kind! Thank you

Jenny said...

Oh my goodness, I am duly impressed. I have yet to make a simple dress for myself that either doesn't look like a tent or rips if I make the slightest movement. ;)

Millie said...

Thanks Jen...the proof of the pudding is in the eating...My daughter is to go swimming today with her school...here's hoping her swim-suit stays together! I know my mother's has held up ok. I still haven't made a dress either!

Mom of three said...

Love the boys swim trunks and I can't wait to make a pair for the baby once he's potty trained (I know, years away)

Millie said...

Mom of Three...It won't be long, my little girls are two in a couple of weeks...time flies! Only the other day they were new-borns!

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