Right after sewing my first Cosi swimsuit I logged onto The Fabric Fairy looking for more swimsuit fabric. I immediately fell in love with this gorgeous black kimono floral print and went looking for a stripe to pair with it (sadly, it looks like both fabrics are out of stock now).
I bought the fabrics with View A of the pattern in mind and got sewing immediately after the fabric arrived. I lined the suit with some swimsuit lining fabric that I also bought at The Fabric Fairy.
She is very happy with the suit, as am I, but the fabric is a little disappointing. After the first wear that coveted floral print developed white pills all over the place. The following photo was taken after the suit had been worn just five times. The stripe held up just fine.
Big sister was not deterred by the pills and requested a skirted suit made entirely of the floral fabric. So I got to work on View D in a size 3 lengthened to a 6, which is the same size I used last time. I couldn't find the pattern pieces I had made when I sewed View C for her, so I needed to do the pattern adjustments all over again. I clearly did something wrong, because the suit is just a bit too short in the torso.
The sprayground photos were taken on Saturday morning. I spent the rest of the day mulling over what to do, and ultimately decided to chop it in half and make a two piece. It didn't take long, but it was a bit more difficult than I'd anticipated to cut two layers of slidy, stretchy fabric across the torso evenly.
I chopped it about 2" above the skirt seam, and then used 3/8" swimsuit elastic for the waistband. I like my girls' tankinis on the modest side, so I added a 4" ruffle to the top.
The proportions aren't right at all, but I think this is a decent salvage job. I was going for wearability and I got it (also she loves it even more now that is doubly ruffly so that's a win). I'm a bit concerned that she is going to find the serged ruffle seam to be scratchy, but she loves the print so much that she might not notice.
All's well that ends well, anyway ... I need to make one more of these for her and I think I'm going to do another tankini, but plan it a little better this time. I also think I might up the width of her suit to a 4 and cut a true 6 length this time.