Be-Laboring a Long-Sleeved Swimsuit

Almost Labor Day with a semi-remnant project for the beach or pool.

Semi-remnant because although I bought a big length of what they call “fashion fabric” to experiment with, I did snag a remnant for the swim suit lining:

power mesh

Power mesh remnant from JoAnn’s

Sunburn is not the happy-go-lucky inconvenience it was in our childhoods; now it’s being recognized as a precursor of deadly, disfiguring skin cancer. My dermatologist says that you need to wear sunblock if you’re going from the house to the car in your driveway. Rash guard shirts or other cover-ups are becoming required swimwear, as you can see on several sites: Lands End, Orange Blossom Brand

My DD, who’s endured many punishing sunburns in her lifetime, expressed a desire to have a swim suit with some serious coverage. Not sure if she likes the loud flashy fabric I chose, but this is what I came up with:

long-sleeve swimsuit

long-sleeve swimsuit

At first, I had planned to incorporate a bra into the long-sleeved swimsuit, because (by amazing coincidence) I found just a bra top on sale at the Lands End web site for a cheap deal. Her size is not one you find every day, so I snapped it up.

swim suit top

bargain top

At some point in the project, I decided not to sew the bra into the shirt, in case she didn’t like the fabric, or in case she wanted to wear the swim suit top as just a shirt. For now, if she wants, she can wear it under the shirt and we’ll see if any adjustments to the fit need to be made.

Here’s a <a href=”http://Written_8_27_15%2C_7_36_AM“>breakdown of where the pattern pieces came from. Not sure if that link is going to work; I tried using Penultimate and it’s all different than it used to be 😦 Major learning curve and still didn’t get it to do what it used to do so easily: save a sketch into your photos.

But if the link doesn’t work, I used part of 3 different Jalie patterns for this project; the top and sleeves from a leotard pattern, the midriff from a tankini pattern, and the bottom from a swim suit pattern.

Have a great rest-of-the-summer and save your skin!

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ethgran
    Aug 27, 2015 @ 11:56:55

    Your “save your skin” comment took me back to my childhood. As a young child I lived in Sacramento valley and was outdoors most of the year and had a built up light tan nearly year round and can’t remember ever getting a sunburn however, as a pre and young teen, I lived in Virginia when we took a trip to Ocean City and both my darker skinned sister and I got bad sunburns. When I was 17 the British invasion started and I wanted to be peaches and cream so I wore long sleeves and a hat when out and that lasted until sunscreen saved the day. One might say I was saved by the Beatles!

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  2. Sky Blue Daze
    Aug 27, 2015 @ 19:53:18

    I have noticed long sleeve swim tops coming in style this season. I always kayak in long sleeves to protect my skin from sun, and my legs are mostly protected with long shorts and partly hidden inside the boat. But why aren’t we seeing long leggings for swim wear. Don’t the rays penetrate into the water and we are out of the water enough, too. So why leave so much skin bare when we cover our torso and arms?

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