Thursday, August 7, 2008

Modest Bathingsuit

I am sorry that I have not been blogging lately as much as I should. This summer has been so busy!

I wanted to write about the need for a modest bathing suit for my daughter who is nine years old.

A few weeks ago she was invited to a friends birthday party. This friend of hers has this party every year in the month of July. So every year she has a group of friends over and there is always swimming!

My nine year old was in need of a bathing suit and of course every store I went too did not have anything that I would consider modest for her.

I enjoy sewing so I thought I would try to come up with something that she could wear to swim and still be modest.

Here is what I came up with.

I had some fabric for swim wear that I had purchased a couple of years ago for other swim suits so I decided to use what was left.

I took one of her shirts and cut around it leaving about 5/8 of an inch extra for the seam allowance. I did not include the sleeves with this piece just the body. ( I cut out two pieces, front and back)

I than measured around her arm and measured from top of sleeve to where I wanted the sleeve to end adding about a quarter of an inch at the bottom of the sleeve for a hem. I also added about 5/8 of an inch at the top of the sleeve for the seam allowance.

I sewed the front and back together at the side and shoulder seams and just turned the neck in about 1/4 of an inch and top stitched. I did the same on the bottom for the hem

I than added the sleeves and the top was finished.

I than made the culotte half with a pattern that I had on hand from Christian Womanhood but just shortened the length a bit!

The bathing suit was done and she was ready for her party!She had a really great time at her party and received a lot of compliments!

Do any of you have any great patterns or ideas for a modest bathing suit?
I would love to hear from you! God Bless, Kathy


Rachelle(aka mamabear) said...


What a really neat idea !! I'll have to try this with the younger girls.

Rachelle @ Mama's Little Bears

Kathy and Rebecca said...

Thanks so much Rachelle,

If you have any questions let me know! Kathy