When I was on line shopping to order some swimsuit fabric to get delivered to my SIL's in Indiana when we went in July, I found a colourful "leopard" print. Lucy liked it and I thought it was much more age appropriate. Lucy wanted a one shouldered suit--Meg has one so I thought I'd copy that. Then sewingpatterns.com had the Kwik Sew sale and I bought the basic kid's suit pattern. I really wanted to make it as is (one piece) before altering, but no, it had to be a bikini. I followed advice from the Creative Chicks. Lucy also wanted ruffles, but although I had her ruffled suit to reference, I just could figure how to do them like she wanted (along the shoulder and part of the top). Then when cutting the fabric, I found it rolls in, and it's a print so the backside is sort of white. So, no ruffles.
I had issues with the elastic around the top's top and bottom edges. I don't know if it's because it's the crosswise grain, or if it's cause it's a more cottony fabric, but it was wavy. I redid parts of it a couple times.
She tested it at a splash park, and deemed it a success, although a little loose on top. I took it in a bit, and then we went to a pool. Well, it didn't work so well there. She was trying to do handstands, and it kept falling down. LOL. I cinched it in with my hair elastic, but it still wasn't enough and it was a miserable public swim....esp. after she cut her toe, the bandaid wouldn't stay on, the power went out and we had to get out for 15 minutes...
I had a great idea to use some clear elastic I had just bought to make a safety strap. Along with re-doing the upper elastic, the strap really did the job. However, it's ripped off twice while she's taking the top off. I tell her to slip it over her head, not wrestle her way out! However, I've been told there are clear bra straps that might be a better option.
We had promised to take them back to the beach one evening, but it was pretty rough! The loved it anyway!
I love the fact I have made three swimsuits! It totally stuns me! Six years ago, it took me nearly a week to make a fleece pouch and I didn't believe that would work! I've stocked up on swimsuit fabric and patterns, and am looking forward to the next one!