Baptism Dress from Hey June Larkspur

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This little miss celebrated a big birthday this year.  She turned 8 years old and in our church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,  it’s the time when many children choose to get baptized.  It’s a special day and that special day called for just the right dress to commemorate the occasion.

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We scoured the internet together looking at countless dresses for inspiration.  I was expecting her to fall for a full, twirly skirt or something with tulle, lace, or lots of ruffles.  I was so pleasantly surprised when she declared this JCrew number was her perfect dress:

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This is totally something I’d want to wear.  I love the simplicity, the neckline beadwork, pockets, and the classic look.  What I didn’t love was the $200 price tag and the fact that it was sleeveless.  This is when I’m so grateful that I sew!

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I knew the Larkspur Dress from Hey June had just the silhouette we wanted.  It was the perfect pattern for this look and a quick sew to boot!

I used a Casa Collection Satin from Joann’s (really wishing we had more formal fabric options close by).  It worked great but is a bit too sheer for my liking.  In hindsight I should have just lined the whole dress instead of using the pattern facings but she wears a slip and it’s fine.  I rarely sew fancy dresses and fabrics and learn something each time!  I’ve got to get better because I really can’t wait until I can sew my girls formal dance dresses!

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I did the simple version of this pattern, short sleeves and left off the collar.  I did an invisible zipper instead of the exposed zipper in the instructions.   I love that this pattern can make a cute casual dress and then really shine in this formal fabric too!  I really gravitate toward simple shapes and lines and this shift dress just speaks my language.

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I searched high and low for the right ‘bling’ for the neckline.  I finally found these in the scrapbook section at Hobby Lobby.  This dress will only be worn occasionally and will be hand washed so I’m crossing my fingers they hold up.  I really love the variety of shapes and the dimension they bring to the look.  This girly loves her accessories and is giddy that this dress comes with a built-in necklace.

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For her bow I enlarged the free bow pattern from Duchess and Hare.  I used a matching button from her sister’s baptism dress and love the sentimentality of it.  I think the bow is so sweet and makes the outfit more youthful.

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This is a picture of her with her blessing dress from when she was a baby.   My mom made her blessing dress and I just love how well these coordinate.  So simple but stunning in my book!

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We had so much fun on this photo shoot.  It’s been awhile since we went on location and it couldn’t have been more perfect.  We hit golden hour on a quiet weeknight, no crowds and one happy, willing model.  She loves her dress and felt like a princess and it showed.  I’m so used to taking product pics that it was a joy to be able to really showcase my little miss.  I loved capturing all her expressions and personality!

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I showed her some pictures on Pinterest and she’d stop me and say, “Ok, mom- I need the scriptures for this shot.”  Or “I think I this spot is a perfect background.”  I had a few passersby stop me to comment on how cute she was.  One lady even told me that my little model was making my job too easy!  She really was so much fun to shoot and didn’t want to stop!

The above pic is enhanced with a little action called Book Glow from Pretty Actions.  I usually stay away from overly editing pics but since these pics are really just for personal use I had a little fun with them!

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I’m so grateful for this spunky, smart, sweet little girl.  She’s so fun and I can’t believe I get to be her mom!  This shoot and the whole weekend was such a great reminder of why I sew.  I was able to create the dress of her dreams; one that made her shine and added to the joy she felt on her special day.  It’s not about the clothes but how they make them feel when wearing them.  Here’s to many more dresses and fabulous days ahead…

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Cricut Sewing Blog Tour

This is a sponsored paid post courtesy of Cricut.  All thoughts and projects are my own!

I’ve got a new addiction folks!  Me and My Cricut Explore Air 2 are now joined at the hip.  I’m excited to share what we’ve made so far and a simple-but-oh-so-useful tutorial that just may change your life (ok, maybe not truly but it certainly will make laundry day a bit easier).

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I’m lucky enough to be joining the Cricut Sewing Blogger Tour.   Cricut generously set us up with EVERYTHING we’d need to create to our hearts content.  Our package included the Cricut Explore Air 2, the Essential Tool Kit, a mat multi-pack, and the most gorgeous assortment of heat transfer vinyl ever!

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You only get a quickie cell phone shot because I didn’t waste any time before digging in to all this good stuff.  My kids and I spent the evening perusing all the designs available on Cricut Design Space.  We had a stack of tees from good ‘ol Target just waiting to be spiffed up. The hardest part was narrowing down our choices- with over 60,000 images at our fingertips, you can imagine that the possibilities seemed endless.  It was so fun finding images to match their personalities and current obsessions (just look at all these cute flamingo images!).  My son was also able to easily create a graphic tee featuring his newfound favorite tv show, The Office.

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Let’s just say we sufficiently broke in our new machine and got comfortable with how easy it is!

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I had a little ah-ha moment a couple weeks ago.  How fantastic would it be to make vinyl size tags for all our handmades?!! My kids just might not put their tees on backwards anymore and Dad will be able to tell front from back too!  Our handmades are starting to be passed down to cousins and it would sure be nice for them to have a size inside.

After playing around just a bit, I knew this would be an easy, fun solution and save my sanity while sorting laundry and outgrown clothes too!  I’ve got an easy tutorial on how to make your own and all my tips I’ve learned in the process.

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Setting up your cut file is a breeze.  I found it easiest to type each number and letter in it’s own text box, placing at least one space between each character.  So all my S’s are in one text box, etc.  Try to pick a thicker font since we will be cutting these fairly small, you can always ‘BOLD’ a font to thicken it up.  I like them between 3/4″ and 1″ tall.  I spaced each line at least 1/4″ apart also.  Once you’ve got each line how you’d like it, select all and attach the lines together.  This will keep your spacing as is when you go to cut.  You can also easily duplicate your lines and groups this way too.

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For my file, I cut my kids current sizes, my current size, and my girls initials.  My girls wear the same size in many things and can be super picky about sharing all their things.  This helps me so much at laundry time when I’m sorting their clean clothes.  I put their initials on their ready-to-wear things too- think underwear, pj’s, you name it!

I cut each line with my portable trimmer then roughly cut out each character.  You’ll want to leave each piece fairly big- this will make it easier to stick it on your garment later.

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I found a plastic jewelry organizer that works perfectly for sorting and storing all my tags.  It’s clear and easy to see exactly what I’m looking for.

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I love how easy it is to apply these.  I always do one last good press when I finish a sewing project and that’s the perfect time to take the 20 seconds to apply the tag.  I love that they melt right into the fabric leaving it soft and smooth.  Hooray for no itchy woven tags!

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I have a few patterns that I use in multiple sizes depending on fabric and the fit I’m after.  I can never remember which size I used for each garment though and this will be a huge help later on when I go to remake a pattern.

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I think my favorite tag I did was this little hidden ‘Rock Star’ tag in my first ever denim project.  I feel like this was such a huge, fun accomplishment and wanted to celebrate that in my own little way.  I think it’ll be fun to do this in future projects- a little personalized tag for special makes.  Maybe that special first day of school outfit, Halloween costumes, Holiday dresses- it’s just a cute way to commemorate and remember why and when each piece was made.

There are so many amazing sewing bloggers joining in this fun tour.  I have been blown away by their creativity and my list of projects has grown with each post I read.  You won’t want to miss a single one!  Make sure you enter to win your very own Cricut Explore Air 2.  It’s been so fun having one of my own and I can’t wait for you to get one too!

Enter to Win a Cricut Explore Air 2 HERE

Week One: July 19th

Week Two: July 26th

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Made For Mermaids Camila Swimsuits

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I’ve been DYING to share this pattern with you all!  Yesterday I introduced you to two of the swimsuits that are part of the Made for Mermaids Mermaid Shores Collection.  Today I’m sharing my favorite two- The Camila and Mama Camila!

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As soon as the weather started to warm up I began pinning swimsuits like crazy.   As I prepared for our Suit up for Summer Tour, I kept going back to this off-the-shoulder ruffle look.  I wanted one bad (I even stalked a girl while on vacation to get a better look at her swimsuit!).  I was beyond excited when Megan posted the tester call for this one!  I was on it in no time!

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This pattern was so quick and easy I made three girls versions and one for me too!  After sewing this one for me, this suit was a breeze!  Guys, this brings my total for hand made swimsuits just this year to 15- eeeek!  I promise I’ll stop soon (after one more Mama Camila for me!).

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This suit is just so cool though!  There are two views- an off-the-shoulder version and an under arm flounce version.  The fun thing about the off-the-shoulder view is that it can also be worn under the arm too!  The halter straps keep things nice and secure but I found that mine stayed up no problem without them.

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I whipped up this suit in under an hour and totally forgot the straps.  She had no issues at all keeping it on her shoulders though- it even held up to a wild game of chicken with her big brothers!  I totally recommend the straps on the littles but it was so cool to see how secure the elastic in the neckline keeps it.

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I love the side ruching- so flattering on mamas and toddler bellies alike!

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And look at that bum coverage (oh my, I just asked you to look at my bum, totally blushing!)!  It’s just so good though!

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I was lucky to get to work with this amazing swim knit from Raspberry Creek Fabric.  It’s been a huge hit and sold like hotcakes.  It’s amazing quality and so easy to work with.

Sewing suits for my girls has been so rewarding.  They both need major size blending and this suit made it so easy.  My oldest is in a 6/7 width with a 10 height and my youngest is in a 6 width with an 8 height.  It just makes me so happy being able to fit suits to their bodies.

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This cutie is in a straight size 4.  I just can’t get over how adorable this suit is on little girls!

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I did a blue graded to indigo at the waist then back down to blue and added two inches for my height.  With all the included measurement information it’s easy to pick and blend sizes to get a perfect fit.  I also added soft foam cups and the elastic shelf bra for support.  It’s such a great fitting suit!

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We’ve had a blast in our suits.  I really love that this testing window gave us time to really break them in and see just how awesome they are.  My girls reach for theirs again and again, they love how comfortable and stylish they are!

I’ve got too many pictures but I can’t choose favorites so I’ll leave you with a bunch from all our swim fun.  We were so lucky to get to meet up with my bloggy buddies, Mellisa of Made By Melli and Anna from Kainara Stitches, for some splash pad time too!

Make sure to pick up your copy of the Mama Camila, Camila, Calypso, Lainey, and Pearl Cover-up while they’re on sale!  You can also grab all the girls patterns bundled here and the full collection including the Mama Camila here.  The sale is good through July 3rd then the bundles will disappear for good so don’t miss out!

You can see our Lainey and Calypso here.

Now get sewing!

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Made for Mermaids Mermaid Shore Collection- Lainey and Calypso

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I’ve got a problem people- I can’t stop sewing swimsuits.  It’s seriously so addicting.  They’re quick, take such little fabric and we spend so much time in them that I feel like it’s so worth it.  Plus my swim knit stash keeps multiplying and there is no way I could pass up testing the new Mermaid Shores collection from Made for Mermaids.

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I’m splitting our suits into two posts simply because I have soooo many cute pics to share with you!  First up is the Lainey, a cute one shoulder two-piece suit with optional ruffles at the neck or waist.

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For my version, I did the neck ruffle and added a tiny pom pom trim to the edge.  This border print was just perfect for this suit.  So perfect that the pattern piece for the top barely fit in between the borders and the ruffle piece was almost the exact measurement of the border.  Seriously meant to be!  My sister picked up this fabric at the SAS warehouse in Phoenix.

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One of my favorite things about all the suits in this collection is the bum coverage.  So, so good!  No wedgies here!

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The Lainey comes with a crop and tankini top options.  This little one is adorable in the simple crop version with the ruffle bottom.

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The whole Mermaid Shores collection is all about mixing and matching and these Lainey bottoms pair so well with the Calypso top.

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The Calypso is a two piece suit with optional ruffles on the top and high waisted bottoms.

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It’s so darn cute and easy to sew too! This is the smallest size (1/2) on this tiny miss.

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I love being able to blend sizes easily to get the perfect fit for my girls.  This one is a 6 chest with 7 hips and 8 length- an easy blend using the instructions in the pattern.  You can’t get that kind of fit in an off the rack swimsuit!

I can’t tell you how much we adore this whole collection!  I’m so excited to share our Camila’s with you tomorrow!

Sew Americana Blog Tour 2017

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I’m excited to be here again for the Sew Americana Blog Tour, year two!  I love everything Katy of Wild and Wanderful does so of course I had to join this tour.  My sister and I had so much fun last year  we jumped on board again in a heartbeat!

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These three have grown so much in the last year and I can’t get over how darn cute they were for this shoot.  Last year my sister and her kids were moving from Alaska to Arizona and stayed here in Utah for part of the summer.  This year they’re here for the summer too and we can’t get enough of these cute cousins!

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My girls sure love doting on these little ones!

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Let’s talk about the outfits!  This teeny one is adorable in Made For Mermaids Evie Suspender Shorts and a Pistachio Top from Sew Like My Mom.  In a classic chambray these shorties are such a staple.  Super cute but so practical too!

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The back of these ties in a bow and really ups the cuteness factor.  I just love little bloomer shorts in the summer!

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I was thrilled when my oldest fell for overalls- she’s all about comfort AND style.  I love the Sydney Romper and Pinafore from Mouse House Creations.  It’s such a classic, sweet style and was perfect for the look we were going for.  I’ll never grow tired of picot trim bias, especially in a gingham!  It’s the fun pop these shorts needed but still keeps them versatile.

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We paired the overalls with a Boo! Designs Sleeved Leotard for a fun vintage look with a modern twist.   She absolutely loves this outfit!  I love that it’s perfect for summer- an outfit she can wear running around the neighborhood with friends or off to a bar-b-que.

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My other niece is all about comfort and these two pieces will be great to mix and match into her wardrobe.  The Skipper Top from Sew Much Ado is such a staple pattern for my sister and I.  It’s a quick sew and is a great base to show off fun fabrics.  In a red and white stripe, it’s great for the Fourth of July but will still be wearable year round too.

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She got a pair of Hailey Ruffle Shorts from Made for Mermaids and a Barb’s Headband from Simple Life Pattern Company.  This comfy knit outfit is totally playground approved.

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Perfect for hiding in the big ‘ol tires at one of our favorite parks!  Isn’t she just darling?!  I feel like as an aunt, I can say these things 😉  She is just pure innocence and joy!

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The last outfit we made for the tour was another one we wanted to be able to mix and match into her existing wardrobe.  These chambray Lilly Shorts from Violette Fields Threads will be great.  I love the pop of red from the bias tape!

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She lives in her Miss Mary Mack (affl. link) tees from Love Notions and I always know I can’t go wrong making her more!  This one in floral and polka dots is definitely my new favorite.  So cute and girly!

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As it often goes these days, I had more fun taking and editing these pics than I did sewing.  So I’m going to leave you with a bit of photo overload and a little wish for ya’ll to have the best holiday weekend!  I’m so grateful for this beautiful, amazing country we live in and for all those who have fought to make it what it is today.

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Make sure to head on over to all the other stops on the tour- so much patriotic goodness!

Our Amazing “Sew Americana” Tour Lineup:

Monday, June 26: Wild & Wanderful | Handmade Boy | The Wholesome Mama | Marvelous Auntie M | Sew and Tell Project
Tuesday, June 27: EYMM | Middle River Studio | SewSophieLynn | Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire
Wednesday, June 28: Simple Life Pattern Company | Sewing By Ti | Auschick Sews | Nu Me Nu You | Swimming in a Sea of Estrogen
Thursday, June 29: Adventures with Bubba and Bug | Musings of a Seamstress | Elli and Nels | Spindle and Seams | Stylin’ Stacy
Friday, June 30: Very Blissful | Stitching and Making | Wild & Wanderful | On Wednesdays We Sew | Fairytale B&T


We would like to give a special thanks to our generous sponsors!
Love Notions | EYMM Modern Designs | Rebecca Page | Patterns for Pirates | Simple Life Pattern Company | Thread & Grain | Designs by Call Ajaire | Simply By Ti | Made for Mermaids | Petite Stichery & Co. 

You can add your patriotic makes to the link-up too!

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Thanks for stopping by our stop on the tour!

Fighter Tee by Handmade Boy Blog Tour

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Kelly at Handmade Boy is one of the busiest gals I know.  She’s also one of the kindest ladies in the sewing world so it didn’t surprise me one bit that her first venture into pattern making would be for charity.

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100% of the proceeds from the sale of the Fighter Tee go to benefit the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  You can pick up your copy for only $5 and know that not only did you get a fantastic pattern but you did your good deed for the day!

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Tami from Love Notions teamed up with Kelly on this project and drafted this pattern so you know it’s superb!  It’s a loose fitting tee with color blocking on the sides and sleeves.  It makes it perfect for pattern mixing and upcycling!  It comes in sizes 2-12 and is a great unisex pattern.

This little guy absolutely loves this pattern.  I made the palm tee a few weeks ago during the pattern testing and he has worn it any chance he gets.  These will definitely be favorites this summer!

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This palm tree fabric was an old Girl Charlee purchase that we tie dyed last summer.  I love the summer vibe it has and this pattern was perfect for it.  The black side panels tone it down a bit and totally up the cool factor.

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The fabrics for this version came from Raspberry Creek Fabric.  I used the Shark Fin Wave paired with a solid navy.  Charlie has had his eye on these shark fins since he saw the strike offs and has been begging for his very own shark tee.  Of course, he had to wear his shark tooth necklace with it!

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I’m excited to be joining so many friends in spreading the news about this amazing pattern.  Make sure you check out their cute versions for even more fun inspiration.

 Monday: The Wholesome Mama, My Creative Room, Wild & Wanderful

Tuesday: Doodle Number 5, A Jennuine Life, Sew Sophie Lynn

Don’t forget to head over and get your pattern.  You can’t beat supporting a great cause and getting a darn cute pattern in return!

 

Suit up for Summer Day Five

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We made it folks, today is the fifth and final day of the Suit Up For Summer Tour.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.  I’ve been thoroughly inspired and learned so much along the way.

I’ve got to give a HUGE thanks to all our sponsors.  It’s been a great week and we couldn’t have done it without their generosity- from offering bloggers patterns and fabric discounts to sponsoring our giant giveaways.  I wish I could give them all a big hug and lots of chocolate 😉

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You have until Tuesday to enter the giveaways so here’s a little reminder.
Giveaways closed.  Winners have been notified.

Prize 1 Link-up prize, consists of:

1 Pattern of choice from: Closet Case Patterns, Jalie, Gracious Threads, Lil Luxe Collection, My Childhood Treasures, 5 out of 4, Titchy Threads, Call Ajaire, Rad Patterns, and Boo! Designs.

$25 gift cards from: The Fabric Fairy, Raspberry Creek Designs, Peekaboo Patterns,

and a $20 gift card to Simply by Ti
Prize 2 Rafflecopter prize, consists of:
$80AUD from Boo! Designs & 2 yards of swim knit from Sash Fabrics (1 Paisley Skulls & 1 Maroon Wild Thing)
$20 gift card to Simply by Ti & a $20 gift card to Patterns 4 Pirates
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For this last stop I’m sharing a few more girls swimsuits and some tips for modifying your favorite non-swim patterns to work for swimwear.

Summer is a time of family and we love that we get to spend time with these cute cousins from Arizona.  My sister loves to sew as much as I do (with three kids under 5 she just doesn’t get to do it as often as she’d like!).  I love when she’s in town and we can spend our days sewing together.  This tour was a fun chance to make coordinating suits for all the girl cousins!

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This little munchkin is looking darling in her teeny weeny polka dot bikini.  My sister used the free Classic Maillot Swimskirt from our sponsor Call Ajaire.  It includes the attached swim bottoms!  For the top she used the Made By Rae Flashback Skinny Tee and brought in the sides a bit and added a band to the cropped bottom.

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My oldest has such similar tastes to my own.  I giggled when I asked her what kind of suit she wanted for this last one and she described exactly what I want my next suit to be!  She’s looking hip in highwaisted Cosi Swimsuit bottoms from SewPony paired with a modified Boo! Designs Sleeved Leotard.

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For her top, I simply cropped the bottom of the leotard off and used the mini skirt piece that comes with the pattern.  I modified it a bit to be a full circle skirt, just placing both edges on the fold of the fabric.  You could easily do this same thing to any top pattern and calculate your own circle skirt for the peplum.  We went through a handful of our favorite tee patterns as options before I settled on the leotard pattern since I was sewing while she was at school and couldn’t accurately gauge how much to take the sides in on a standard looser fitting tee without her trying it on.

Other modifications you can make to standard patterns include using your favorite underwear patterns for bottoms.  You can simply line them in swim lining or swim fabric!  Keep that undies pattern handy and add it to your well-loved shorts pattern, catching the top of both in the elastic casing or band, for a cute pair of swim shorts.

Close fitting tops make excellent swimwear.  I love to slim down raglans as rash guards but you could also use a well fitting tank pattern as a swim top too!   I like to line the front bodice piece for girls and add a simple elastic shelf bra for myself.  You can use elastic for the neckline and arms too.  Since it is a tight fitting garment make your elastic just barely shorter than the opening.  I serge the elastic to the wrong side and turn it under once then topstitch with a double needle or zigzag stitch.

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For this cute suit, I used the Leotard Etoile with the included Demi Skirt used as a shoulder ruffle.  I serged the neck elastic to the lining, main suit and ruffle.  I then flipped the elastic under and topstitched it down underneath the ruffle keeping the clean line at the neck.

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It was a breezy day and I loved catching the ruffle blowing in the wind!

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This last cutie is wearing a modified Cosi Swimsuit too!  I just love that little belly but as we discovered last year high waisted suits just don’t want to stay put.

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My sister sewed this one up too and I love this fabric she chose!

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I sure wish these cute cousins could see each other all the time!  They sure do love each other and we can’t wait to spend as much time as possible together this summer!

Well, folks, I quite possibly will never sew another swimsuit again.  Just kidding!  I’m ready to move on to something new but I’m pretty sure it won’t be long before I’m itching to ‘dive in’ to swimsuits again.  They really are so rewarding and such quick sews (minus those epic boardshorts!).

I really hope that you’re ready to Suit Up yourself and I can’t wait to see what you guys make this summer.  It’s really been such a pleasure hosting this tour and hearing from all of you.  Now get off the computer and get sewing!