I just signed up. Been lurking for a while but decided it was time to join in a bit.
I know there are some amazingly clever people here on Craftster, and I hope someone can help me.
My 5yr old daughter was confirmed as having anaphylaxis to Latex (natural rubber latex/NRL) this year. Anaphylaxis is a life threatening allergic reaction. I've had to case elastics, or remove clothing containing them from her wardrobe. It's easy enough to put her in cotton dresses and pants etc and drawstrings are very helpful.
Recently I have been thinking of the impending Australian summer. It got me thinking about swimmers, and if they're safe for my daughter to wear.
I have this information from a Latex list I've saved from an unknown source (I'd link source if I knew it)
MAY CONTAIN LATEX: ELASTIC IN UNDERWEAR, AND CLOTHING. SUSPENDERS AND BELTS, DRESSMAKERS ELASTIC, ELASTIC BANDS.
LATEX-FREE: "Stitch and Sew" NRL-free polyester elastic (has a yellow lycra label: code 0122101) is made by Thomas Cork Ltd (0115 948 4271) and is stocked by Tesco, Sainsbury, Saver Centre and Somerfield. Cover all other ordinary latex elastic with cotton cloth or tape. Lycra, Spandex, Elastane are synthetic polymers and safe. Composition labels in garments may exclude elastics and trimmings.
NB JML Ironing Board Cover sold by Robert Dyas and other stores does contain latex.
So if Lycra, Spandex and Elastane are all safe, how do I know what her swimmers are made of? How can I remove the leg elastics etc? It's so confusing!! I'm not sure if those stores listed are USA/UK or other.
If I were to make swimmers what could I make them from? How could I avoid using elastics in the legs etc, and then how would I keep them fitted? I was thinking a knit rib might work but I'm not that good at sewing, and have never sewn knit. I know I could crochet some, but again, from what I've read you need elasticated yarn to make them stay fitted when the cotton gets full of water.
She's 5, she wants to be like her friends. It's hard telling her she "can't" do/have so much (latex isn't her only anaphylaxis allergy). She wants pretty and frilly and the branded items like Dora and Tinkerbell. I am at such a loss. I guess I need to learn how to make her underwear too cos for now I just let her wear store bought, hoping the labels say Elastane! Let's not even think about her future (ie bras).
THANK YOU in advance for just reading this. Any and all help appreciated more than you can know.