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Before we ever had kids, my husband and I made the decision that we would raise them as Francophones – since hubby is Francophone and I’m Francophile, and we live in a country where it’s easier to learn English than any other language, it made the most sense. Here we are several years later with 2 little boys, and it’s not a decision that we’ve ever regretted.
Our eldest is now 3.5 years old and even though French is his first (and preferred) language, he still picks up on English words in conversation – if C knows that you are Anglophone, he will speak to you in English. But until a few weeks ago, he had never spoken to us in English. His special English-only request? “Matchy-matchy.” Yep, my little preschooler overheard me tell my husband how adorable the boys were in their new “matchy-matchy” outfits, and now he has requested “matchy-matchy” with everyone: even a swimsuit with his mama! And this, friends, is the fabric he chose. I mean really how could I say no?! Except he chose really cool dragon scales to be “matchy-matchy” with his dad. But whatever.
I promised myself when we had kids that I wouldn’t let any negative body image or clothing size or body shape stop me from putting on a bathing suit and enjoying water activities with my kids. So when a preschooler who doesn’t know what body image is asks me to make myself a bathing suit the same week that a pattern designer known for trendy, flattering-to-all-bodies patterns puts out a testing call for swim bottoms, you know I had to apply.
The Alice High Rise Swim bottoms are a high waisted bottom which can be made on their own, or with options of a tie front, flounce, or peplum. I chose the bottoms without an option since the fabric pretty much says it all.
But here’s what I know you really want to ask:
Do they ride up? Nope. My bum usually gets hungry in bathing suits which is why I usually choose boy shorts (or to wear soccer shorts over a bikini bottom so when they ride up I’m covered), but these stay put! In fact, I was herding children while modelling for these photos and they didn’t even budge.
Do they roll down? Nope. They’re high enough to sit close to my natural waist, so even with chasing after screaming children and trying to shove them back in the car so that we can leave the park before bedtime, these don’t roll down.
But what if I’m so tall that high rise always hits below my belly button? That’s the beauty of making our own clothes! The pattern comes with detailed instructions on how to lengthen or shorten the rise right in the pattern instructions.
But what if I’m so short that high rise always hits right under my boobs? I’m 5’1.5″ – please see above!
Is there a top included in the pattern? No, this way you can pair it with whichever top you choose! Are you a tankini girl? Bikini more your style? Strappy back? Covered back? Rash guard? Full coverage? Minimal coverage? You can do you without feeling guilty that you’re not using both the top and bottom in a pattern. Plus many 5 out of 4 tank patterns can be used as swim tanks or bras/bikini tops. I paired this one with with the Resolution Bra.
And now, it looks like I’ll be moving onto some “matchy-matchy” swim shirts for my boys.
Do you love to DIY? You can find what I used here:
Women’s Alice High Rise Swim Bottoms pattern is available HERE.
Resolution Bra and Tank pattern is available HERE.
Safari Party swim: sold out from Fabric Crush
Ocean Blue solid swim: Fabric Crush