On a recent post, there were a few comments regarding the swim suit I sewed for Miriam, so I wanted to elaborate a bit more on it.
The general idea for the pattern was taken from Simply Modest Swimwear, after seeing one of their adult-sized patterns. I made my own pattern for a smaller version for Miriam exactly according to their instructions, except that I altered the skirt (more below).
However, when I made Becky's these last couple of days, I made several major changes which I think are improvements on the original pattern.
- Instead of having two pieces (top with attached skirt, and leggings), I made one piece that has the skirt AND leggings connected to the top part. This made it necessary to add a zipper in the back so that the suit could be put on and taken off. My main reason for doing this was that when the kids play wildly in the pool, or jump in, the top part of Miriam's suit can slip/float all the way up to where it was exposing half her belly. Not so with Becky's swimsuit. This also eliminated the need for an elastic waist band on the leggings part, which is slightly more comfortable.
No zipper on the left, zipper on the right
- I changed the length of the skirt to being about the same as the leggings, rather than quite a bit shorter. To me, it just looks better that way. The skirt is not restrictive whatsoever. I have a similar swimsuit myself, and have never found it to be a hindrance. Men wear knee-length board shorts that are at least as bulky as the light fabric these swimsuits are made from, and yet nobody claims they are cumbersome to swim in. It's a strange world we live in where men being dressed down to the knee is normal, but ladies covering the same amount of skin are considered prudish and unfortunate.
- Another change I made on the skirts was the shape in general, namely making it even length all the way around. The original pattern comes up about two inches higher on the sides than in the front and middle, which I imagined would look funny.
If time were not a factor, I would love to reproduce the pattern I designed and make it available to others who are interested. It is very different from the original pattern I used to get a general idea. I do find that the Simply Modest Swimwear pattern is overpriced. I wish their profit margin were a little lower in order to allow more ladies to sew themselves a modest swimsuit. I figured that if I ever got around to it, I could probably make the pattern available for about $15 including domestic shipping, and there would be no copyright on it. Simply Modest Swimwear comes out to $35 after shipping, and is copyrighted. I WISH more ladies had access to modest swimwear, and money shouldn't be the reason why they either have to abstain from swimming, or dress immodestly. Just my two cents. Chances are slim that I will get a personal assistant to do all the cooking, cleaning, and laundry for me, so I will probably never get around to reproducing my pattern in all different sizes.
BUT, I do think I will be teaching a sewing class next spring at our church, and making this our project, for ladies who are interested. Some things, you just have to be here for! :)
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