Tasha the Backyardigan Hippo has returned to my house yet again, with another request from the girls: she and her friends need swimsuits for the wading pool. The question arises: what does a hippo swimsuit LOOK like?
In consideration of Tasha's, er, fitting problems, I quickly concluded she will look best in a tankini. My previously drafted pattern was easily adapted for the top, but the trunks took a bit of trail and error--especially around the, uh, hip area.
For more unusual projects (such as hippo clothing!) I usually begin drafting the pattern by folding a piece of paper around the item, sketching on lines, cutting, and refining. I stitch a 'muslin' (fitting garment) from similar fabric and continue refining until I'm happy with the fit--two or three rounds this time. But if ever another hippo needs a swimsuit, I'm prepared!
(Tasha's fabulous fabric is a scrap from an alteration project, and her beach chair is a thrift store find-I think it was a candle holder.)