Check it out, I made a swimsuit!! I had the pleasure to test the new Beachy Keen Bikini from E-Beth Designs. I was so excited to hear that I got chosen as a tester. I knew I would make this when it came out, but I needed one asap. I have purchased 2 swimsuits this year for my girl and was given two swimsuits for her. That is 4 swimsuits I have in every size surrounding the size she should be, and none of them fit nicely. My daughter is slim and has a long torso so suits that fit her in the trunk are too big on bottom, or just too big everywhere. I noted I needed to give up on one piece suits for now. I saw this, and fell in love.
The Beachy Keen Bikini comes in size 6 months to 14. I love how it looks great on little girls and the teens too. It is loaded with options! This is the Bikini option with fringe and the skirted bottoms. I was so in love with the fringe. It is so much fun! You can do the bottoms with no skirt, a flounce instead of fringe, and a fuller coverage Tankini. As always, E-Beth Designs instructions are very clear and complete. I had no problems going through the steps on my first try.
I decided to do a mix and match set and made a Tankini top too. The Tankini option is perfect for her Splash Days at Preschool. I want to make another set of pink bottoms with no skirt to mix in with the tops.
I was really surprised at how easy the suit came together. I had been interested in making one for myself. I even picked up a pattern but was pretty terrified to tackle it. After making this I have no concerns to try one for me. I’m hoping she will come out with an adult version of this. I could use a Tankini =)
The Swimsuit Fabric I used came from the lovely Mel at Purple Seamstress Fabric. She is such a pleasure to work with. She was super helpful in helping me pick out fabrics from her shop to pair together. I was concerned about ordering fabric because it was a test and I needed to get started quickly but I really dislike buying fabric at the Bog Box Fabric Stores. I made a good choice, I had my fabric in two days and it is lovely quality.
The Beachy Keen takes very little fabric to make. I have plenty of leftovers to make another set of bottoms. I also had enough to make this Rashguard top. I used one of my go-to tshirt patterns Recess Raglan by See Kate Sew I have been making her 4T which has some growing room. I sized down to 2T width for the rashguard and 3T length as I wanted it to fit pretty snug. The rashguard is helpful for when we go to the splash pad which is unshaded.
I could not be more thrilled with her new swimwear ensemble. We are in Texas so she will get plenty of wear from this set all the way through September. I am already thinking about colors and combos for next year. I will not be buying another ready made suit. It’s soooo much easier to just make one that fits. This pattern is truly awesome.
The Beachy Keen Bikini is available here!
Go make your own and have a fabulous summer!