The first look from our Modern Chloris mini collection we’re going to review in detail is the tankini. We started with PeekABoo Pattern Shop’s Cabana Swim Bottoms pattern. This delightful little pattern has lots and lots and lots of options for making swim bottoms. Of course you already guessed that we chose the skirted swim bottoms. The other options are basic bottoms, mini ruffle bottoms, and a plain skirt.
This pattern comes in sizes 3 months to 12 years. You can be sure that Annie will be getting Cabana swim bottoms every summer for many years to come! (And she is delighted beyond comparison with that situation!)
As with all PeekABoo Pattern Shop patterns we’ve sewn, the instructions for the Cabana Swim Bottoms are complete and well illustrated. In fact, this was the first time I’d sewn with swimwear! But Amy, the author of PeekABoo Pattern Shop patterns made my work easy and rewarding. I literally made no mistakes for which I was extremely grateful because I imagine taking out stitches on this fabric would be a pain!
One advantage of sewing your own swimwear is that you can make it fit. Because of Annie’s tall and skinny frame, it’s been years since she’s had a swim suit fit properly. She literally squealed when she slipped on the Cabana Swim Skirt and kept saying, “I love it, I love it, I’m never taking it off!” I lifted the skirt to peek at the bottoms underneath, and sure enough; full coverage on her bum! I think I’d say the same thing.
The instructions for the Cabana Swim Bottoms gave the option of finishing the hem with a lettuce edge, and I just adore the look! Allegra said it’s not her favorite look, but the instructions include an option for regular hemming also.
The fabric for the Cabana Swim Skirt came from The Fabric Fairy. It’s the White Fans on Navy Lycra Swimsuit Fabric from The Fabric Fairy. The swimsuit lining is from The Fabric Fairy also. As just an aside here, The Fabric Fairy has so very many beautiful swimwear fabrics that I had difficulty deciding which one to use for the Cabana Swim Bottoms pattern. In fact, to tell on myself, I ordered a different one, and changed my mind and ordered another one! And there’s still at least one more that I have my eye on for a swim suit for myself in the very near future. But I digress! I wanted to tell you a little about how nice the swimwear fabric from The Fabric Fairy was to work with. It is thicker than the “activewear” fabric (from Joann Fabrics) used for the tankini top and somehow, not as slippery!
Here is a view of the back of the tankini. You can see that because the pattern is a circle skirt, the fans become oriented sideways on the back of the skirt. Just something for you to keep in mind when choosing fabric.
For the tankini top, we started with the Charming Tee and Dress pattern from Lil Luxe Collection. In order for it to work as swim wear I made a few changes. I left off the collar, waistband and armhole binding. I tried using fold over elastic, but didn’t like the look so ripped it off. Next I tried encasing elastic under the seams, but that made the armholes too tight. So in the end, by simply folding over the edges and using a zig zag stitch, I was able to make this into a tankini top.
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