This year has had a bit more of an athletic feel to it over at Sofiona Designs. We started out with the Tamarack Tights which paired nicely with the Cattail Tank (or dress). Then we added the Spruce Skirt/Skort and a cute/casual cropped hoodie (the Clover). The Sturgeon Swimsuit follows that same trend by offering streamlined details, shape and fit all while providing good coverage.
The options on this one are design related and give a different look to the front of the swimsuit.
A simple/plain front is the quickest option (View C).
Add a lower panel for a different look and to tie in a coordinating fabric (View B).
Or use the pieced lower panel to add a visual “stripe” to the swimsuit and mix-match various fabrics (View A).
The back of the Sturgeon features crossed over straps with a separate horizontal strap for colour/fabric blocking.
That horizontal strap also meets up at the side seam with the front lower panel, offering a cool opportunity to blend fabrics/colours from the front to the back of the swimsuit.
This pattern uses a fair bit of swim elastic to help add structure and continued support to the straps. We’ve created this short video with some important tips for using swim elastic in swimsuits. The basic tips include:
- Pre-stretch your elastic before cutting
- Don’t stretch elastic when pinning it around curves. Keep it as even with the seam size as possible.
- When topstitching do not stretch out or straighten the curves. Instead feed the swimsuit through the machine along a curved path.
- Use a longer stitch length to topstitch. Small stitches can stiffen or stretch out the seam.
Because of the fitted nature of swimsuits they just naturally hug kids shapes and curves. It’s definitely a garment where things like longer/shorter torsos, sway back stance, toddler tummies, etc. can become noticable and affect fit. It’s because of this that we always recommend doing a quick muslin first (this can be done without adding (or wasting) the swim elastic just to get a general idea of the fit on your particular child).
We hope you enjoy your own copy of the Sturgeon Swimsuit and share all your makes with us on IG and in the Sofiona Designs Facebook fan group! #sofisturgeon #sofionadesigns #sturgeoninthewild