This past weekend was Memorial Day weekend and we celebrated out on the boat all weekend long. I wanted the kids to have cute swimsuits but still be protected from the hot summer sun.
My daughter doesn’t like wearing store bought rash guards, she thinks they are too tight around the neck and refuses to wear them so I decided I’d make her one myself.
I bought this adorable “One in a Melon” swim panel from Peekaboo Fabrics a while ago and it was perfect for this project. The panel comes with all three fabrics I used, making it so easy to coordinate. The best part is the fabric is UV 50+ so I can feel confident they aren’t going to get burned.
I used the Emmy T-shirt pattern to make the perfect rash guard for her. Because she doesn’t like them to be too tight, I made her a size 5. This is the normal size she wears so I was a little worried it would be too big as a rash guard but it worked out nicely. The only modifications I made to the shirt was shortening it about 3/4″.
For the bottoms I used the Deluxe Charlotte Leggings pattern. The deluxe version of Charlotte is amazing!! It comes with leggings and sweatpants styles in boy short, short, knee, capri, and ankle lengths. There is also a pattern piece to add a cute little skirt onto the leggings. The waistband can be made with elastic or a fabric band in regular or yoga style.
I cut a size 4 in the boy shorts version and added the skirt. Then I shortened the skirt 4″ in order to have it look more like swim bottoms. Since I added the skirt, I used the banded waistband.
If you are anything like me then you probably already have these 2 patterns in your stash. But if you don’t, then you can purchase them HERE.
I love how easily it is to make the perfect swim set using patterns I already had!!
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