Last Sunday my sister called at 8am and said come over for lunch and the boys can have a swim. Perfect, except I just remembered, I bought lycra from Pitt Trading for swimming togs for Alex but I hadn't made them yet. I go to aqua aerobics every Sunday at 9am so I dragged out my Jalie 3242 pattern, measured Alex and traced a size T. I was going to use Katherine's (Sew Blooms) tips to change a Jalie into togs for boys but I have a different pattern so with my limited time, I just went with what I had.
I got them to here before having to go to aqua. I came back at 10.20 and then I finished them off and left the house by 12 noon. I used the coverstitch to do the hems and around the ...middle, but I think this makes them look like undies but I also figured it would keep the seams flat and less aggravating.
I get this great elastic from Trad's ... it's elastic that's about 2.5 cm wide and it has nylon tie through it, which is perfect for boy's togs. I cut a waistband about 7 cm wide, made an interfaced buttonhole and zigzagged the elastic on through the middle, jutting the edges together. Then I folded it over and zigzagged it on and then flipped it and topstitched with the coverstitch but the straight stitches on the outside.
This is what the waistband looks like on the inside edge with the buttonhole and the tie threaded out of it. I think this was about $3 per metre so pretty good.
The lycra I got from Pitt Trading. It was $20 per metre, very nice quality and something my son liked... he's not too fussed on prints, action heroes or novelty prints, so I snapped it up (along with some other stuff I'll use soon too, show you then) before he could forget that he liked it. I was also lucky that the overlocker had some blue thread in it and the coverstitch had the grey so that was easy.
Modelled shots. His thoughts: "they fit perfectly!" He was vey happy with them and he said they were very comfortable.
The only thing I changed was to make a centre back seam to make them look more like togs and not undies. I still see undies though and I may pull out the middle coverstitching.
And I couldn't resist taking a photo of this fabric... someone on the bus wearing a knit dress made out of this... this is my kind of animal print (which I don't do). I love pink and grey.
Speaking of grey, I made a dress of Simplicity 8296 today for our work Christmas party tomorrow, so I'll post photos when I have some. Tiger, tiger burning bright...pink! 😉