I just finished my baby swimsuit about a half hour ago. Yeah, it takes me about that long just to upload photos and type a simple post. It's complete chaos around here. One cat is chewing on my while another just threw my scanner on the floor, so I'm rather annoyed with cats at the moment. Scanner still works--way to go, Canon!
So anyway, the second attempt went much better. The main thing was I just needed to slow myself down a lot. I fall into the trap of rushing things but to be fair, I really don't have much time at all to sew. So I'm constantly trying to be as efficient as possible so I can get things done. I decided not to change the elastic width to 1/4". In thinking about it I figured there is no way Kwik Sew is wrong, it must be me. And of course it was. There's not much wiggle room with folding the edges over though, so make sure you're really careful about keeping the edges where they should be while sewing.
The swimsuit looks absolutely gorgeous. My one issue with it is the straps are rather long. If you look here at the pattern photo, you'll notice they look long and loose there too. It's the same mine looks. The bodice is too low because of the loose straps. I'm not sure at the moment if I want to shorten the straps or not. My daughter will be five months old on the 12th and the pattern does state that size XS is for 3-6 months. Also, babies grow pretty quickly in such short amounts of time. So I think I'll hold off on altering anything for now. We go to the waterpark on May 30th, so I'll check the straps again later before we go for the fit. The ruffles on this suit are just TOO CUTE!!
Now, I'm preparing to sew a swimsuit for myself. I'll be sewing Kwik Sew 2868. I'll be using the same material I used for the baby swimsuit so we match. It'll be so cute! I've been exercising so I'll be ready to wear my new swimsuit. I was 145 lbs and now I'm down to 125 lbs. I've got more work to go, but hey, I'm getting there.