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I recently tested the Camila swimsuit by Made for Mermaids. It was my first venture into girls swimwear. I’ve made swimsuits for my boys and they’ve worked out really well.
These Monaco swim trunks are so comfy for my boys! They’re made from swim knit are so much easier to move in, plus there’s so many more options for fabric! The shark shirt is one I drafted myself based on a shirt that currently fits. The turtle shirt is the Boulder Tee by Gracious Threads.
Back to girls swimsuits – I’ve never made one! I’ve thought about it, but never took the plunge. The Camila is an easy swimsuit and it comes with a couple options. For my first one, I did view B (ruffle under the arm) with halter ties.
A very simple, but nice touch was the ruching on the sides. It’s so easy and looks so professional.
The acid test was jumping in and horsing around with her brothers.
There were a couple small problems. I felt like I couldn’t tie it tight enough to keep the suit up but not be too tight around her neck. Also, there was a lot of extra fabric in the back. I decided that it was because there was nothing to hold the back up, so it just kinda sagged down. The elastic in the top was pretty loose too – in hind sight I should’ve measured the elastic around her before I sewed it to the swimsuit which would’ve helped with the sag.
Since I didn’t want to have a date with my seam ripper and rip the whole elastic piece out, I opted for the simpler solution – cross the straps and attach them in the back. I had her try on the bathing suit and shortened the straps enough so they pulled the back up, but were still loose enough to get the swim suit on and off. Presto! Perfecto!
What my daughter really wanted though was to have the ruffle on her shoulder. View A has an off-the-shoulder ruffle with shoulder ties, but there isn’t enough room to pull the ruffle up on the shoulders. So, I used the ruffle from the Daphne top & dress. I attached it just like you would normally for View A, but the part of the ruffle not attached was much longer. I used the elastic measurement from Daphne and attached it like Camila. The result was perfect!
Sewing swim suits is not hard! You need to take your time, make sure you have the right kind of needle (ball point), and remember pins or clips are your best friend! Take the plunge!
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