I actually did pay quite a bit of attention to the leg bands. Rather than following the directions for the length of clear elastic tape, as I have found that Ottobre's estimates very rarely work for the tape that I can find at JoAnn's, after pre-stretching the tape (a very, very important step), I wrapped the tape around the girls' legs and cut enough to wrap around with about 1/2" overlap, or a little less. The leg holes are not gathered much, but it is enough for a good fit:
One thing that disappoints me a bit with the design is the the way the straps are attached. Because I tacked them to the binding by going over the topstitching,
I have seen other examples of this swimsuit, and some have chosen to attach the strap with an extra row of stitching. I think a print would be more forgiving for that, however, and I think I will leave it as it is. Seeing that this is a problem for others, though, I know at least that it is not something that I have done wrong!
It is fun seeing how differently it fits each of my girls while still flattering both. Doodle, who is 5 years and wears a 6-6x, is wearing European sz. 116, which fits her in the width while being a bit too long (even though she has a longish torso!). On the Ottobre size charts, she measures a sz. 110 in width and a 116 in length, so this one seems to run a little long (it even seems to wrinkle a bit on the model in the magazine):
Bellie, who is
3 years and
a sz. 98, and
fills it out
Swimsuit sewing was much less painful than I imagined. I am considering trying my hand at one for me, although I don't think the style that Ottobre published for women in their last women's issue is one that will be very flattering on me. Ah well, we'll see!--but not just yet.