This morning my baby girl Chloe (she's really 8 years old) had her first swim meet. I was up late last night finishing up a red and black racerback swimsuit from Jalie's well-known pattern. I had heard good things about it from online sewing forums and groups, and it turned out to be exactly what I wanted.
Check out the awesome shape of the back. This is a small summer 'starter' swim team and pretty much only the older girls had competition speedo swimsuits. Except for my baby.
I was actually a little bit shocked that it looked so competitive looking.
Look at her big smile, finishing her first race... the 25 yard backstroke.
So, this pattern comes in a huge range of sizes from toddler girl all the way up to women's plus sizes. I'm looking forward to making one for myself next.
I really appreciate the huge sturdy pattern sheet that is easy to trace and fold back up again. The sewing instructions are printed right on this sheet, but I was able to download and print them from the Jalie website, so I used my own printed sheets to refer to as I worked. The instructions are concise but easy to follow and include line drawn illustrations.
I can think of lots of ways to change the look of this swimsuit with more (or fewer) fabric choices, and I'm really happy to have it in my collection. The fabric came from Megan at The Fabric Fairy. She's my favorite source for high quality solid and printed swim fabric. She carries the lining and elastic too.
If you love to make swimsuits the way I do, here's some more swimsuit reviews/tutorials I've done: