Sewing Modest Swimsuits for Girls with Patterns from Peek-a-Boo (pattern review)



This year I’m so happy that I’ve already made new modest swimsuits for both of my girls! Sometimes sewing their swimsuits is the only way I can find cute, modest bathing suits. Since we live in Florida, beach season usually starts in March. It came late this year, but it is definitely here now. You can see the board shorts that I made for my boys in {this blog post with a tutorial}.

Anyway, for Chloe and Cadie I used the new swimsuit and leotard pattern from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop with fun new swimsuit fabrics from The Fabric Fairy. The pattern is called he Sun ‘n Fun Swimsuit and Leotard and it was exactly what I was looking for this year.


I’ve never seen them on a swimsuit before, but I can totally appreciate those little arm ruffles. Cadie is my one child who sunburns, and now I don’t have to worry so much about her shoulders (I always use sunblock, but somehow shoulders seem to get more sun than the rest of the body). And how darling is that coordinating Hello Kitty fabric{click here to see more} This little girl usually wants everything pink, but she loves her Hello Kitty swimsuit.


The bow in the back prevents shoulder straps from slipping and is totally cute.


And check out that bum! Totally covered. That’s what I love about making my girls’ swimsuits. I can make them totally age-appropriate and totally modest. 


If you’re scared to try making swimsuits, get over it! The secret to the openings is elastic sewn to all the edges, and it’s not hard at all. If you don’t have a coverstitch machine, you can topstitch with a double needle or just use a zig zag (that’s what I do… something has to show that it’s handmade – I’m proud of that fact!). This pattern from Peek-a-Boo actually has very clear and detailed instructions for the elastic, but if you want to try a free pattern first, I used one pattern last year with awesome results that I blogged about .

Happy swimsuit sewing everyone!


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