So last week I said I was not going to sew along with Week 3 of Project Run & Play...well, I changed my mind!! This was not what I would have sewn up if I were still in the competition. As I said in this post, I was going to make Isabella a muted plaid fitted duffle coat with a fur trimmed hood. A bit like this one. Underneath she would have worn a blue velveteen Debbie tunic with plaid collar and trim and a matching plaid skirt. But...it's spring her and today was 25 degrees!! So, I will be making up my original idea next year, and for now, a plaid swimsuit and hat was a good idea for my little Emily!
When I first started brainstorming ideas for this week a month or so ago, vintage style plaid bathers with swimming caps for my girls was one of my ideas. But plaid lycra? Hard to find!! I did find an awesome range at an online shop in the UK but they were going to charge 30 pounds to send 1 metre of fabric!! I was not that committed to the cause, so I put the plaid bathers idea to rest. Last week I happened upon this plaid/houndstooth spandex at The Fabric Store, and then I decided I would make up the bathers anyway, since Emily does not have a pair.
These bathers were unpicked in varying places about three times, but luckily you can't tell! I originally wanted a ruffle along the top, but it went all wobbly when I top stitched, so unpick, unpick, unpick, and I went for a plain white band instead. I added little plaid bows with buttons at the straps for fun. I used the bathers pattern from Ottobre magazine - Summer 2009. I shortened the body a little for Emily.
Ow.....how cute is this tummy???
The back is crossed (the two lumps you can see on Emily's back are not budding fairy wings, they are the straps that I hadn't cut down yet - I was in a hurry!)
The hat is from the same Ottobre magazine as the bathers. The fabric is thrifted (and happens to be from the Aunt Grace collection - circa 1995).
I have used this pattern before, but I am not overly happy with the shape I achieved in the crown. Ottobre patterns require seam allowances to be added - something you shouldn't do roughly when drawing out a hat pattern...Emily doesn't mind though!
So I am happy to have some bathers and a hat for little Emily for our warmer months ahead!!
For more plaid goodness, have a look here!