As I said earlier in the season, this is definitely the summer of swim here. My daughter started the season with absolutely no desire whatsoever to wear a one piece suit, but here we are with the brand new Fly Girl Racing Suit from Winter Wear Designs...another win for the one piece! She loves this suit!
Okay so let's do some quick pattern deets before we go into what we love about this pattern:
- Large size range: starts at 1 and goes to 14
- Good project for advanced to intermediate sewists depending on style choic
- Two style options: racer back or strappy back
- Fully lined option for both suits
- Can be made as a swim suit or a leotard
- Layered printing so you just print what you need
- Very clear, concise tutorial with illustrations and photos
- BONUS: Dolly size pattern for Dolly and Me suits.
We opted for the strappy version because my daughter fell in love with a store bought suit that had the straps, but she's in a size 7 with an 8 length so pretty much every one piece outfit on the shelf is a bust. She was so bummed (we got to hear how bummed for the better part of an afternoon), and then, the Fly Girl came along. I was so excited when Suzanne sent me the invite to test this pattern. It's wondermous!
Being that swim fabric is slippery, it typically takes me a little longer to sew them up. For this one, I think I took about 2 hours from start to finish. It might have been a teeny bit longer. There were a few moments when I was lost in the latest episode of The Flash, and I had some lost time where I don't know how 5 minutes turned into 45 minutes. It's still a pretty quick sew considering that it's a swim suit.
As I said, we opted for the strappy version. I would definitely agree with Suzanne's rating of intermediate for this version. You'll want some experience with swim before fiddling with the straps and such. I'm pretty much a hot mess when it comes to straps and binding on swim so I was a little skerred about them. They weren't as awful as I was picturing, but, again, I would definitely recommend some swim fabric experience. Now, the racing back doesn't require straps, and there's minimal or no binding for that one depending on what neck style you choose so it's a great project for an advanced sewist who's wanting to get into something new with swimwear.
For this suit, I blended a size 7 with an 8 length. Suzanne provides instructions on how to blend with both a smaller girth and longer height or bigger girth and smaller height, and it's a pretty simple process to do. The fit was spot on for the modifications we did. Definitely measure your little before picking the size you think she needs. My daughter seems to grow inches overnight, and I always have to double check her measurements.
We wore this suit to Thunder Fountain in Oklahoma City, and she was running in and out of the water with no creepage issues at all. Everything stayed right where it was supposed to, and she wasn't tugging at the suit the entire time to cover up her bits. My nugget still goes to this suit as her first choice when we are packing up to hit the splash pad or pool. All in all, this was a major win!
So, the Fly Girl Racing Suit released yesterday, and it's currently on sale for $6. This price won't last for long, though, so don't miss out on snagging it while it's still on release price! For those of us on Facebook, Suzanne also has a FB group where we can get help on patterns if we hit a speed bump, get inspiration. Just head on over to Winter Wear Designs Fun, and join us there!! Now, go grab yourself a copy of the Fly Girl Racing Suit and sew up some love. Don't forget to share it with us in the FB group!! Thanks so much for reading along!
Blessings and Happy Sewing,