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« on: June 01, 2010 01:31:56 PM »

Okay, so I went out looking for a swim suit for my 10 month old daughter, and didnt like anything that I saw.  The cheapest (and least covering, which being covered is a BIG thing for daddy) was over $30.  I then noticed that the swimsuit fabric at my fabricland was $15 a meter, and I know that I can pull off baby clothes with way less than a meter, so I think I'm going to attempt to make her bathing suit.  Here are some questionss.

Since I'm uber cheap (and can't find any anyways)  to buy a pattern, I was thinking of taking a onsie pattern I made up and adapting that a little bit for the suit, do you think this will work?  I like the idea of her having a one piece because it will appease her daddys concerns of her showing too much skin, but I want to be able to access diapers without having to completly strip her of a wet suit and then try to wrestle her back into it if we're not done swimming.  So I was thinking snaps on the crotch would be benifical, although Im not sure how the material would hold up to it? 
Any ideas or suggestions?  Or do you know of a free pattern or tutorial online I can look at?? any input would be greatly appreciated! thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2010 07:43:24 AM »

I think a tankini style would be more practical esp for diaper changes or going potty.  Snaps I dont think would work that well on swimsuit fabric, and metal ones might rust.  - you could even make the top long enough to overlap the bottom, or even make a little 'skirt' around the bottom of the top  (which would be more coverage, and be cute! 

You could make a shirt/shorts style like aussie cossies (good for sun coverage too!)

I would look at a tank top, and trace that to make the pattern for the top - add lenghth if you want.  Or use the top of your onsie pattern and make it a bit longer and hem or put a skirt on the bottom (long strip, hem one long edge and gather the other edge and sew it on)

For the bottoms, get an old onsie (keep it snapped) or underpants and cut it open to see the shape, leave room for a casing and sew it like you would underware.  You could also use 'katrina's quick soaker pattern' (its free, google it!), and adjust the rise. 
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