Hi! I'm Karly from Zafarani. Mum to 5 crazy little monkeys (which all jump on the bed) and wife to a total gamer nerd. I'm over here today to do a revamp of the Zaaberry Swimsuit. Any-hoo, since my girls are little green beans and growing fast, we needed some new swimsuits. Last year we had some with cute little tutu's and they have been begging for swimsuits just like that this year. The exception is my oldest daughter who wants a bikini and all I can think about is "sunburns" and "skin cancer"......
With that lovely thought in mind, on to the tutorial!
You will need:
- approx. 1/3 yard of non-fray chiffon.
(You can find some great ones online at AFC-Express. They even have them in precut sizes too!)
- And one swimsuit.
I whipped my swimsuit up using Zaaberry's tutorial, but you can use any swimsuit you have laying around.
I wanted a layered look, so I cut 6 strips of chiffon in three different widths.
Cut two 4" by 44" strips
two 3.5" by 44" strips
and two 3" by 44" strips
Put two layers that are the same widths together and sew both ends together. Do the same with the other strips. And make sure they lay flat and don't get twisted.
Now you will have 3 strips of chiffon and your swimsuit.
Next, turn your strips inside out, so the seams are flush on the outside.
What you want on the inside:
What you want on the outside:
Stack your layers on top of each other, with the longest layer being on the bottom and the shortest being on top.
Adjust your tension on your machine to the highest it can go.
And put your stitch length to the longest length.
Ruffle your ruffles and set aside.
Grab your swimsuit and try to lay it flat and mark a line where you want your tutu to lay. I chose to have it be 2" from the top of the leg opening. And yes, I used a permanent marker since I couldn't find a fabric pen and figured no one is going to see this line anyways. :D
This is what your swimsuit will look like. Make sure your lines line up on the side's and adjust the line a bit if they don't.
Lay your swimsuit down and gather your skirt the rest of the way to be the width of your swimsuit.
Put your swimsuit in the middle of your tutu and adjust. You can pin this to the swimsuit to keep it in place if you like. I usually forgo pinning and wing it. :D
Sew on with the sewn line lining up with the drawn line. Make sure you use a long stitch so it can still stretch.
And that's it! You now have a cute little tutu swimsuit!