This week has been hectic but still I got some time off to sew a pair of bikini bottoms for my niece Aurora. She is 10 months old and is trying our swimming pool at home for the first time this year. I wanted to give her a present and I thought that a handmade garment would be something lovely. She loves clothes, even if she is so little 😄
For this sewing project, I had some inspiration. That is something important and I found two bikini bottoms for girl kids that are sooooo cute! Check them out in the following picture:
Both are quite simple designs but most of the times the simplest is the best. It is a normal cut bikini bottom with a flounce. What I also looked into were how the seams were made. For example, for the pink blue yellow mini floral print, leg openings and waist seam is first sewn with a serger (4 threads) and then they use a normal sewing machine with a normal zig zag stitch to finish all of those seams. See closely here:
For the butterfly and plants print bikini bottom, seams in the leg openings are made with a serger (4 threads) and then finished with a twin needle in a normal sewing machine. For the waist seam, they use a coverstitch, which not everyone owns one at home. It is a more professional way to finish swimwear, but, as you will see next on this blog post, I will show you another way of sewing it using what we all have at home, a normal sewing machine. Please, also have a look at the bikini bottom that I just talked to you about and pay attention to the way it is sewn. This is great to learn how a product is made!
Now, that we have checked our bikini bottoms for inspiration, I will show you the supplies that I used for the bikini bottoms I created.
♥︎ Swimwear fabric with heart print. It is from our shop. I used half meter and still I have some left for two more bikini bottoms :) You can find the fabric by CLICKING HERE
♥︎ Gütermann Thread in Light Pink. You can purchase it by CLICKING HERE
♥︎ Stretch Needle. Model 75/11. The ones that I use you can check them by CLICKING HERE
♥︎ Scissors. These are my favourites! Their cut is really precise. CLICK HERE!
♥︎ 6mm white swimwear elastic. It is from this shop. CLICK HERE
to see it.
For the pattern, I had the luck to find a similar design from the blog Oh Mother Mine DIY. Marta, the author from this popular blog, has two posts about girl kids bikini bottoms. I use her pattern to make the ones here. You can find the pattern here
The pattern pieces do not include seam allowance. As my niece is 10 months old, I chose size 1 year old. It turned out a bit big but using her diaper inside, it fits great!! Before cutting the pattern out, I added 1 cm seam allowance according to the instructions provided by the pattern. Then I cut all pattern pieces and cut the fabric. Two flounces, 1 piece for the bikini front and 1 piece for the bikini back. I sewed side seams using my serger (4 threads) and then, for attaching the swimwear elastic, I used my sewing machine with a normal zig zag stitch [Width 4; Length 3]. And now, you can see the beautiful result!!
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