calling all kids: cheetah swim trunks
April 16th, 2014
I’m posting as a part of this awesome series hosted by Alida, Calling All Kids. It’s geared toward making unconventional clothes for your little ones who don’t fit the trucks for boys, princesses for girls stereotype.
This is a topic quite dear to my heart because I was never one for princesses, but then I wasn’t really a tomboy either. I was just myself. It took many years of weird-ass outfits to figure out what I wanted to wear. And in the end, my clothes are not girly, but not boy-y either. I JUST WEAR WHAT I LIKE!
And it should be that way for my kids too. I think it’s really stupid that Target gets to decide what my 4-year-old boy wants to wear. He doesn’t want to wear dark depressing colors with angry things on them. He’s 4! He pretty much wants all cheetah all the time. So I made him a whole cheetah ensemble.
He is a finicky kid, not just when it comes to what is on his clothes, but how they fit is super important to him too. The ubiquitous board shorts that most boys wear drive him nuts! He’s constantly fussing with them and can’t stand how they feel. I mean it’s like wearing your pants in the bathtub–not the most comfortable thing in the world.
I knew he would love these swim trunks because 1. they are cheetah and 2. they are comfortable when you swim! Amazing.
I used the Euro Trunks sewing pattern by Running with Scissors and it was great! I thought it would be all zip zip and done–the pattern is comically small! But swimsuit material is slippy and slidey and arg! It took more concentration than a normal pair of shorts, but I wanted these swim trunks to hold up all summer too. I’m super happy with how they turned out.
I even had enough fabric to eek out a matching rash guard (flashback tee, natch). My kids have never actually worn rash guards before, but it was that or put some perfectly good fabric back on the shelf forever. I mean do you have any projects for a fat quarter’s worth of blue cheetah spandex?
He is going to own the pool this summer. I cannot wait.