I have been hunting for the perfect pattern to use as a rashgaurd for kids and let me tell you, this has been SUCH a challenge. After several weeks of searching and coming back with nothing – I decided it was time to hack a pattern that I had in my collection. And let me tell you, this one fit WAY better then the store bought ones.
So, I guess you want to know what I did so that you could make one too! I used the Alyssa Tunic Pattern from Ellie and Mac. This pattern is available in 6-12months through big girl 12; and it is suggested to use knit fabric. I have made this dress several times using rayon spandex and it is a staple in our closet! I love the fitted bodice of this tunic and thought it would need very minor adjustments to be the perfect rashgaurd. Well – it worked.
I used the size that my child measured for (4T) without any other grading or alterations. I printed my pattern for the bodice and sleeves only, then cut out the appropriate size. I measured the length from the very top of the shoulder seam of the pattern piece to the bottom of the cut line which measured to be 9.5 inches.
I decided to add 10 inches to ensure that after hemming and sewing I would have enough length that it wouldn’t rise (this will vary based upon the size that you select). Size 4T shirts when completed generally measure 17 inches from shoulder to hem when completed.
You will then take your ruler (I highly recommend using tracing paper) and align the ‘fold’ part of the bodice pattern on a straight line. Next, you will create a straight line on the non-fold side using your ruler (this is adding length to your bodice pattern for both sides). Do this for BOTH the front and back bodice pattern pieces. Do not alter the necklines or armcycles. Then lay your pattern pieces over top of your fabric with the fold line on the appropriate fold of your fabric….go ahead and cut your fabric!
Next I cut my sleeves and shortened them by 4 inches from the original pattern piece so that the length would be an appropriate short sleeve rather then 3/4 sleeve. I measured from the bottom of the sleeve pattern to do this adjustment.
Now you are ready to sew your pattern pieces together. Follow the instructions provided by the pattern as well as the instructed seam allowance to complete the top portion. I did hem the sleeves and bottom of the top at 1/2 inch. I followed the patterns seam allowance for the entire project without alteration.
For the neckband you will do the appropriate measurement on the cut chart for the width and add 0.5 inches in length (for a thicker band).
And now to swim….
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Fabric From: Knitpop
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