Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Kwik Sew 3605 Girls Swimsuit

Kwik Sew 3605
Size Large

My daughter grew out of her Jalie swimsuit.  I have to say, sewing a swimsuit up during winter time was not on my radar and I lacked motivation to do it!  But, duty calls and this is one of the reasons I sew.  It's great to whip up something when you need it today, especially if you don't want to have to buy it, or like now, not in the stores since it's cold outside.  

It's a new pattern and I was concerned about fit.   I do wish I had taken a little more time with ensuring even stitching.  Have you had that happen?  You sew with perfection and it has issues or doesn't fit altogether.  You whip it up and it fits beautifully.  I won't complain though.  My daughter loves it! 

I decided to baste clear elastic to the edges of the cups, sandwiching it between the fabric and lining.  I didn't want any sagging here when wet.  It may not have, but I didn't want to take the chance of having to remake it if it did.  I had 1/2" elastic, so I cut it in half to 1/4".  I should have changed my thread color on the band since it is predominately blue.  That would have taken a minute....lazy, lazy of me not to.

I recommend trying this on your daughter before attaching the swimsuit fastener.  I did have to cut off a good inch of the band.  As a result it is not centered on the back, but that's okay.  

As you can see below, the inside of the band doesn't have an enclosed finish.  The band is single layer, sewing elastic at the top and the bottom edge, folding it in on itself and stitching down. My daughter is very sensitive to how things "feel," and she has no issues with it.  

If I make this again, I will line the swim shorts--my only dislike.  The fabric is thick enough, so it isn't an issue.  Overall, it is a great pattern and simple to make if you are new to making swimsuits.

Fabric purchased from Spandex World--watercolor print on clearance for $6 yard.
Swimsuit lining from stash

Thanks for stopping by ~ Shirley


  1. We could never call you lazy, Shirley!!! You'd have no problems buying costumes in the shops over here. It's hot - expected to be 105ºF tomorrow. Bet you saved heaps by making it. Looks great!!!

    1. Thanks Pam! Wow, 105 tomorrow!! Stay cool and out of the sun. Yes, this suit cost about half as much to buy I think. I like to get swimsuit fabric on clearance and just have it on hand for athletic wear or swimsuits. That way if my girls need something, I can let them choose. No need to buy it for top dollar when they grow out of things so quickly!

  2. I love being able to whip up needed items on a whim :-) love the fabric and the suit. As I sit here at the pool today I notice that Kiela needs a new suit too :-)

    1. Thanks! Are you going to whip up a Jalie or try something different?

    2. Oh most likely a Jalie. LOL I'm too predictable :)


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