Little Girls Giraffe Swimsuit, DIY

little girls giraffe swimsuit sewing pattern diy

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little girls giraffe swimsuit sewing pattern diy
Little Girls Giraffe Swimsuit.  This post may contain affiliate links, please see the end of the post for more information.

The kids and I really enjoyed watching April the Giraffe throughout her pregnancy, especially baby girl.  One day I was looking through my fabric stash (I may be a fabric hoarder LOL) and found this giraffe swim knit fabric I had purchased from Joann Fabric on clearance over a year ago.  I was inspired, April the Giraffe inspired me!  I actually had the fabric cut even before April gave birth, but I just never had a chance to get around to making it.  We were about to leave for a trip to New England, so I finally decided to finish the swimsuit.  I have not been able to find more of this fabric anywhere, but have quite a bit left over, if you would me to win the giraffe fabric enter here.

power mesh ruffle swimsuit tank and swim short for girls

Brr!  It was a little windy the first day the beach. I wanted a swimsuit top that was cute but functional as we spend a lot of time outside in the summer.  For the top I used the Heartbreaker Cami pattern by Patterns for Pirates.  I did not make any changes to the pattern.  I added the ruffle options to the front of the cami and the straps.  The only changes I might make on the next one is to add a couple for ruffles to the strap ruffles.  I used brown power mesh for the ruffles.  It has a little stretch and is softer than tulle.  You also do not have to hem power mesh as it does not fray.  Please feel free to check out the Star Wars Tunic and the Lace Overlay Tunic I made from the Heartbreaker Cami as well.

heartbreaker cami in swimsuit fabric

Here is a closer look at the brown power mesh. It was very soft and Baby Girl does not freak out when it touches her skin.  I used my Brother SE400 to top stitch the binding.  I did not take the time to switch to a double needle. A double needle or a coverstitch would have made the stitching look more professional.  I was on a time crunch and Baby Girl does not care the stitching is not perfect.

ruffle little girls swim tank and shorts sewing pattern

I did however to add the v-neck on the back of the Heartbreaker Cami.  I still think it looks cute without it, but I may go back and add it later.  For the shorts I used the FREE Bonnie Legs pattern from Made For Mermaids and made the shorts version.  Yes I did say free pattern.   It was a super easy and quick sew.

add ruffles to little girls swimsuit

I made Baby Girl size 2 shorts however, they are a little loose for swim gear, so next time I may make a size 1 to compare.  As the water was too cold in New England she did not get the chance to use the swimsuit in the water.  We did, however, she did use the swimsuit at the lake when returned home without any issues.  I did add a couple of modifications to the shorts.

 

I took the strap ruffle from the Heartbreaker Cami and added a ruffle on each of the sides of the shorts.  I followed the instructions of the pattern to gather the ruffle, then clipped (I use wonder clips instead of pins) to the inside of the center of the side of the shorts and topstitched the ruffle down with a stretch stitch. Again, I think next time I would add a few more layers to the ruffles to make them a little fluffier.  I just wanted to add a little fun to the swim shorts.  I also added a tie to each side of the shorts.

For the ties, I used the strap pattern piece from the Heartbreaker Cami. I cut the brown power mesh on the fold.  Then I folded the ties in half wrong sides together and serged (you could use a sewing machine as well) the long side together.  Then with a little wine and a chopstick I turned the tie right side out.  You could also use a Dritz Turning Tool,  I just ordered one and let you know it if makes turning easier.

This does take a little bit of patience, wine and a good audible book, however it wasn’t too bad.  Once I had the straps turned  I tucked each side about .5 inch and topstiched them closed.  I folded the straps in half to find the middle.  I clipped underneath the middle of the ruffle ant topstitched them down.  Voila!  I was finished with Baby Girl’s new giraffe swimsuit.  She thinks it is a lot of fun.  Please do not forget to enter the giveaway if you would like to win some of this giraffe swim fabric! All photos (except wine picture)  were edited with Summer Sea Actions by Family Photo Treasures.

 

Items Suggested to make the Little Girls Giraffe Swimsuit:

Giraffe Swim Knit (Enter the giveaway)

Brown Power Mesh

Heartbreaker Cami by Patterns for Pirates

Bonnie Legs pattern by Made For Mermaids

Sewing Machine

Wonder Clips

Serger (optional, but recommended)

For a more professional finish a double needle or coverstitch

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Hi I'm Lo and I love to sew and I also love to play with my two children!  I am the owner of Giggle Poo Mommy and Me Leggings.  I am a work at home Mom of two toddlers.  I never planned on staying home with the kids, however when I was 8 and 1/2 months pregnant with my first child, Little Dude, I was unexpectedly let go from my corporate job.  With a newborn and a tough job market, I decided to buy a Brother Sewing/Embroidery Machine and taught myself to sew. I would like to thank the many bloggers, youtube videos I have watched and PDF pattern designers for all their help. With a degree in International Business from aBlaise-Pascal University in France I decided to open my own business, an Etsy shop.  I started making baby leg warmers and then added embroidered bodysuits.  I was so busy I couldn't keep up and had to seek out third party help. After my second child, Baby Girl, life became super busy.  There is something about little girls clothes that makes them so much fun to create.  I started venturing out to more articles of clothing.  It has been a fun adventure. I am learning as I go.  I sometimes skip steps or take short cuts, sometimes I take a long road to get where I need to go.  I don't think sewing needs to be perfect, I think it should be fun!!

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