My first swimsuit was a hit! I was able to test the new Santa Monica Sweetheart Tankini pattern from Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop. This little number has a sweetheart neck, halter or v-back, optional bodice ruffle, and 2 bottoms: a boyshort or brief. It comes in sizes 3mo - 8.
This was my first time sewing with lycra, but it was no problem since I'm already comfortable sewing knits. This pattern is geared towards beginners and is very simple; no fancy finishing techniques here. I was able to make the top and both bottoms in 2 hours using only a sewing machine. The pattern calls for elastic for the leg casings, but my chubby Nugget had great fit without using elastic. The boyshort rise was a little high, but I'd rather have extra fabric and be modest than not enough and have her tummy hanging out. The fit on the top & briefs were excellent!
I'd found this vintage-looking swim fabric at the thrift shop for 50 cents/yd....score! This suit took about 1/3 yd for all 3 pieces. Go ahead and splurge on some cute swim fabric since it takes so little!
I give this pattern 2 thumbs up. Don't be afraid to give it a try. The pieces are simple and easy to sew and I bet she'll love the swimming suit! She has another cute tankini set, too, the Coney Island Tankini. Find it at the Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop here.