Project Run and Play week 2, Fashion Icon Challenge

I decided to go with Esther Williams as my fashion icon for this weeks challenge (entirely influenced by the fact that I have been watching her movies as I have been unpacking.) and a swimsuit was perfect for Emmie, as she had a growth spurt this summer, and became too long in the body for all of her old suits!

I made this this morning, since I was debating whether or not to take the time to sew along (we’ve had A LOT going on around here, both of my kids each just skipped a grade, so 4 weeks into the school year Isaac is now an 11 year-old 7th grader and Emmie is now a 10 year-old 6th Grader, {there is an entire story behind this that I hope to share eventually, I just need to sit down and write it} and we have had meetings after meetings, getting them set up with classes and schedules, and tests, etc. not to mention a tsunami, and the house that is still full of boxes……. so naturally I stopped what I should have been doing, and sewed something!) But I thought I would be sad if I didn’t try to do SOMETHING, and since I had all the stuff in my stash (stash busting counts as unpacking right?) I took a couple of hours and made the swimsuit for her! (I love how fast swimsuits are to make!)

 This swimsuit is made from a red and white polka-dot nylon spandex that I got in Philly about 2 years ago for $1 for 4 yards.  (can I not tell you how I love her little girl stance! She still has a little belly that she doesn’t hold in, and legs for miles!)

 I used fold over elastic for the ties,

 and to go across the front, back, and around the arm holes. (The suit is also fully lined in a tan swimsuit lining fabric.)

 I went with ties to hopefully get a little more flexibility and time out of this swimsuit!, the front has an overlay, that has gathering at the bust to give it a V shape.

 Emmie almost always swims with a swim cap (usually just boring Speedo ones) because her hair gets into an awful mess if it isn’t held up in the pool, and she doesn’t like how goggles pull her hair without a cap. I made her this one so that it comfortably accommodated her large bun, and as per her request, I added a chin strap, so that the weight of her wet hair didn’t drag the cap off (a problem with her other caps) I added the rosette as flatly as I could, so she can still wear goggles if she wants to!

 I love how red looks with this baby girl’s eyes, she is just staring at you through a pool of blue! The overlay is gathered all down the sides, with a skirt like hem at the bottom.

I love the silhouette of vintage 40’s swimsuits on the booty, so modest, and cute (having a cute little bottom probably doesn’t hurt either!) I felt like the broad shoulders was a super 40’s look too, as they loved to show off Esther Williams’ broad swimmer’s back in her movie costumes!

My favorite picture of her doesn’t even show off the suit, I like the top left one where she is trying to do synchronized swimming…… she’s such a funny doll, I love sewing for her!

Well, it’s midnight here, I had better go to bed, we are going to have a late night tomorrow, as we head off to the Air Force Ball in Seoul tomorrow in the early afternoon!

  8 comments for “Project Run and Play week 2, Fashion Icon Challenge

  1. September 22, 2012 at 2:57 am

    Prettiest swimsuit and swim cap and girl! 🙂 Love it!

  2. September 22, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Hey! brings back memories of my childhood!! Beautiful swimsuit…and can only be improved by the gorgeous model! I wish I could say swimsuits are so easy…bought some lycra on sale to make some swimsuits, just in time for my serger to start making a devil of a racket! Hope it isn’t serious!!

    What are you wearing to the ball??? Pictures, please?

  3. September 22, 2012 at 6:24 am

    This swimsuit is exactly what I picture for my little girl next summer. I’ve been eyeing all the vintage styles and you captured it perfectly. I totally agree about the booty haha. Awesome job!

  4. September 22, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I’ve never made a swimsuit before, I’m a little intimated, so I’m so impressed. I can barely swim, so I’m amazed by those synchronized swimmers, how do they do it?
    Your daughter’s blue eyes go beautifully with the swimsuit.
    I cannot believe you made it in one morning.
    Will you be doing the sheet challenge??

  5. September 24, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I always love your work – the suit is great, but the cap is what I am swooning over!!! Want to do a toddler sized tutorial so I can make one for baby girl for next summer??? Pretty Please ;o)

  6. Joy
    September 26, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Adorable – Emmie’s eyes remind me of my father’s eyes – the same light blue. I’m with you, loving the synchronized imitation photo.

  7. September 27, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Please someone tell me the name of this synchronised swimming musical, it sounds great!

  8. Paul
    September 27, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Joanna, we picked up Turner Classic Movies, Ester Williams Volume 2 at Sam’s Club before coming out the Korea. It includes the following six Ester Williams musicals with synchronized swimming: Million Dollar Mermaid, Easy to Love, Pagan Love Song, This Time for Keeps, Fiesta (first Ricardo Montalban movie too), and Thrill of a Romance.

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