My youngest brother jumped out of the back of the truck while we were in town one day and ripped his shorts on the way down. That got him a decent pair of trunks real quick! If only I could think up a strategy like this. Of course, it was pure accident, but it did get him some nice swimwear.
Then there was that time that I hung out at my friends house down the road a few miles.... her Mother spent the afternoon making us Wrangler jean cut-off shorts to wear. I remember how important I felt that she'd take the time to make us something that fit and with such style! But, alas, when I arrived home, the new shorts were a little too short and deemed OK for swim wear only. Guess what? That friend I was visiting is now one of my sister-in-laws!
So... I tried making a swimsuit once when I was in the 3rd or 4th grade... out of a red pin striped T-shirt material. I'll never forget that ridiculous thing. I wore it once in the "hot tub" my brothers and I dug out of the side of the hill and lined with a blue tarp. After the water sat in the lined pit a few days, it was fairly warm.... and probably growing things.
I always wanted something I could wear and not feel like I had to tug in various places just to stay comfortable, let alone modest. You know, something to run and jump and play in the sand and play water polo in. I've finally found it! Last year, we went swimming with another family several times and they all had the coolest swim wear. I asked them where they purchased it and she said they had them made. Here's the website:Simply Modest Swimwear You can order multi-size patterns, or they will make one for you. If you've ever wished for a decent suit to wear, go visit their site. I only wished I'd made these sooner.
I've had the fabric and patterns for a year now, and finally finished them today.
|We could hang out all day in these and still be comfortable!|
In one afternoon the girls pinned and cut all their pattern pieces out. In another afternoon and part of the evening, I sewed them together. It is two pieces: the lined top has an attached skirt and then it has a pair of legging like shorts that are sewn separate. That's it! My girls love them and are so happy they don't have to wear a skimpy and uncomfortable suit ever again.
Now, my third daughter who is seven, wants one too and I'm going to make one for myself after the baby is born this summer. No more uncomfortable, immodest suits for me either!