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Frivolous Vacation Sewing

March 6, 2015

When I thought about sewing some (let’s be real–quite a few) garments for our Disney vacation, I tried to reign myself in, making sure that whatever I made would fit into my regular wardrobe. For the most part, I was successful, but I did sneak in a couple of more frivolous projects.
Red Knits_Navy SwimsuitThe first is a new swimsuit, which felt frivolous since I had just made a swimsuit last summer. Unfortunately, that one found its way into the dryer and did not survive. I replaced it with Simplicity 1374 on top and a modified version of the out-of-print pattern for boyshort bottoms on the bottom.

The top went together fairly easily, and the only issues I had were with the elastics. I couldn’t find the called for 1″ swimwear elastic in stores or on Amazon, and I wasn’t about to pay shipping to get it sent from a fabric store. In the end, I used unfolded foldover elastic, and it seems to work just fine. I also had trouble with the center front elastic, which completely blew out from me stretching it so far per the pattern instructions. I took some hand stitches to gather everything back up to where it should be.

You’re seeing the back of the bottoms in the photo (I asked Steve to snap this, and he didn’t know), so just ignore that center back seam–there isn’t one in front. Hopefully you can see the ruching on either side of the yoga band. I’m hoping that it matches the vibe of the top and reduces the sporty feel of the boyshort style.

Red Knits_Villain PJsI would have loved to make a Disney print dress to wear to the Magic Kingdom, but none of the licensed prints were of a nice enough quality to be worth the time making a dress. Instead, I compromised by making some villain print PJ capris. Hardly anyone saw them on our trip because it was cold enough most nights that I dove straight under the covers, but I liked having a little bit of evil along–I’m not always a princess.

Thanks for tolerating the unmodelled shots today. I only have a bit more to share from my vacation sewing, and then I’ll show you what I’ve been working on lately.

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