Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics Day Two- Boy Swimwear PDF Comparison

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It’s Day Two and I’m feeling so uplifted already.  Yesterday’s posts were so enlightening and relatable.  I loved the creativity and it’s so heartwarming knowing that we’re all in this crazy situation together.  Sending you all lots of love from my little corner of the internet.
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For today’s post I’m doing my own ‘comparison’ post of four different boy swimsuit patterns.  The comparison is in quotes because these are not all sewn straight per the pattern.  I shortened two of the patterns and did a different waistband elastic on one as well.  These were personal preference but shouldn’t affect the overall fit of each suit.  I sewed up the Sew A Little Seam Linden Shorts with the liner-added, 5 out of 4 Boys Kids Swim Trunks, Peek A Boo Patterns School’s Out Shorts, and the new Lowland Kids Swim Briefs.  For reference his waist and hip measurements are 23.5″ and 26.5″ and he’s 52 inches tall.
He picked all of these fabrics.  My kids are lucky to get to see the previews and they all end up with lists of their favorite prints.  This guy was adamant that he get Sharks, Surfboards, Pirates, and Checkers (to match big brother of course!).  I’m always happy to sew up as much swim as possible!

This is the Linden Shorts.  This is a size 8 cut at the skirt ruffle hemline and I used the full elastic waistband and added the swimsuit liner from the add-on pack.  I used 1-inch elastic in the waistband although it calls for 1.5″ (I highly recommend sticking with the 1.5″).  The fit on these is good.  The rise is a little shorter than the others so if your little one tend to need more room I would recommend adding a bit of height to the rise.  I like that these are a little slimmer through the leg too.

These are the 5 out of 4 Kids Swim Trunks.  This is a straight size 8 shorter length with inseam pockets.  His biggest complaint with these is that the hole for the pocket opening is so small he can’t fit his hand in.  I’m also not a big fan of the 2″ elastic waistband, I think it’s a bit too wide for his size and he complained about it too but that’s an easy thing to switch out next time.  Overall, the fit of these is good.  The rise is better on him than the Linden’s and with those little tweaks this will be a great pattern for his body.

These are the Peek-A-Boo School’s Out Shorts.  For these I sewed a size 7 and cut them at the 6 mos. knee length line (it’s about an inch longer than the short cut line).  I sewed up the Lowland Kids Swim Boardies last year for him and just love this style.  He said the Boardies were too short so I wanted to give the PAB pattern a try again (he had this pair from two years ago).  These might be my favorite!  I think this style in the Surfboard print is just perfection! They sew up super quick (no hemming, yay!) and I love the look of the bias trim.  He did complain that the elastic around the thighs of the liner was too tight but that’s something I can fix in the future as well.

The Lowland Kids Swim Briefs are different from the other patterns in that it uses regular stretch swim fabric.  I’ve always loved the Sew Like My Mom Palm Euros and this pattern is a great alternative as he gets older and has a strong opinion on what he wears (no tight suits for him!).  The pattern comes with a regular (slim) option and a wider option for sizes 6/7-9/10.  This is a 7/8 in the wider option.  I did a pocket band instead of binding and skipped the drawstring holes in the waistband.  I love this pattern but did really struggle with the waistband- like unpicking it a million times and setting it in time out so I could pour me a stiff drink (Coke on the rocks with a little Coconut creamer for good measure).  It was a lot of slippery layers and it was tricky to stretch the elastic to fit but not impossible and it does leave a nice clean finish at the waist.  He declared this suit his favorite and definitely the most comfortable.  The soft swim fabric I’m sure is so much softer against the skin than board short fabric and that’s a huge plus for this kid that lives in sweatpants everyday.

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Are you sewing for boys?  Is there any other patterns we should test out?  I’m pretty sure we found some keepers with this group and I’m sure he’ll be asking for more come summer time.

Today’s other bloggers are sure to inspire you.  Head over to the Raspberry Creek blog for the latest post and don’t forget to hit up IG for today’s giveaway!

 

 

Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics Day One- Coordinating Suits for the Family

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It’s time for one of my favorite blog tours- the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Suit Up for Summer tour!  My love of sewing swimsuits runs deep and I live for this week to sew and share my love with you all.

Stay tuned to the end of this post for all the details of this week long tour including all the amazing bloggers joining in, a tour-exclusive fabric discount and giveaway info!

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Karly of Paisley Roots and I have been prepping for this tour for months.  We’ve been excited to share the amazing suits that our tour bloggers have been working on.  With the events of the last few weeks, we hesitated to move forward with the tour but after a collective vote we all agreed that the world needs a little sunshine right now.

I don’t know about you but the act of sewing swimsuits for me is an act of faith.  I usually start in February or March to ensure that my family is set once the warm weather hits.  Sewing swimwear when it’s snowing and temperatures are freezing is showing a hope and faith that sunny summer days are coming soon.  It helps me beat that winter gloom just imagining my family together at the swimming pool or lounging on the beach.  This year that faith is even stronger as we’re living with such an uncertain future.  I know that there will be pool days and laughter ahead.  The sun will shine bright and I won’t take for granted when my extended family gathers for a swim at Grammy’s pool.  I’ll savor the play dates at the splash pad and splashing on the trampoline with the sprinklers.  I have hope and know that we will all be so grateful for each and every day of normalcy.

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This week, I’ll be bringing you a post everyday that will hopefully inspire you to get sewing and look towards your own sunny days ahead.  Today I’m sharing some fun family coordinating suits.  I’ll share more details on each suit later this week but for now want to get your mind going with all of the cute fabric combinations available at RCF.

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I love that each RCF fabric release has coordinating collections within it.  It helps take the guesswork out of matching prints.  It’s also fun to find your own group of prints and basics that work perfectly together since all of the RCF designers use our CLUB basics for the colors of their prints.  I’m loving all of the black and white prints this year and was happy that my kids each picked some as their favorites.  My teenage son picked the Black and White Checker Print for his suit and I was thrilled when the other three chose prints that went so well with it.  For his suit I used the board short base but for little brother’s I used the stretch swim base.  Big sister is wearing Coral Palm Leaves paired with Black and White Micro Stripes.  Little Sis fell hard for the Blossom Pink and Sage Palm Trees that match perfectly with the Blossom Pink Solid.  I love that these all look great together but aren’t too over-the-top as a whole.

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I came up with a few more combinations that would work for the whole family.  This set includes: Tonal Teal Grey Multi Stripe, Grey Gingham basic, Navy and Lilac Sea Creatures, Deep Lilac Swim Solid, and Charcoal Grey Board Short.

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These Bananas are just about the cutest thing ever! Paired with Black Gingham, Black and White Leopard Print, and fun vivid solids like Lipstick Pink and Bright Yellow, this group just makes me so happy!

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For a more low-key family look, I did another pink and black combo.  These Cactus look great on any gender and any age.  I love them with the Black and White Checker print but they also coordinate well with the Handrawn Dots or Coral Gingham (can you tell I’m a big fan of ALL the ginghams!).  Throw in a classic solid black board short and this combination is to die for!

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Ready for all the tour details?!

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Join us all week long on Instagram for fun giveaways from some of our tour sponsors.

 

  You can also shop and save 15% on swim fabrics with code SWIMTOUR.

Follow along this week with this talented group of bloggers.  You can head to the RCF blog for previews of each days tour participants.

 

Thanks for joining in our fun and we really hope this week brings you a little joy and hope for amazing days to come!

Page and Mini Page Hoodie from Chalk and Notch

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We have been on the hunt all winter for a good boxy hoodie pattern.  My girls are obsessed and have a handful of ready-to-wear pieces in constant rotation.  I’ve tried upsizing our favorite patterns but really struggled to get the fit they were after.  Gabriela to the rescue!  I’m so excited to be sharing all about the new Page and Mini Page Hoodies by Chalk and Notch.  I was lucky enough to test both patterns and can’t wait to share our new favorite hoodies with you.

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The Page is an oversized raglan sweatshirt with multiple sleeve and hem options.  The Page pattern comes in sizes 0-24 and has 2 cup options.  The Mini Page is available in sizes 12 mos.- 12 years.

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I sewed up a size 6 A/B cup bodice for my versions.  I did view A (the banded hem) with the full sleeves.  I’m still hooked on this style of sleeve and waiting for the moment when I get tired of it but I don’t see that happening any time soon.

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This rust french terry version was the first one I sewed up.  It came together so fast that I immediately started planning other versions.  For this version I added an inch to both the bodice and the sleeves since I am 5’7″.  I tend to need to add length to all my long sleeve tops.  This sweatshirt is soooo comfortable.  It’s just loose enough but doesn’t feel sloppy.  I want to wear this one every.single.day!

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I’ve had this gorgeous double knit since our trip to LA last summer and I’ve been waiting for the perfect hoodie pattern.  It was just meant for the Page!  This time I added 2 inches to the bodice to make it a touch longer.

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To really up the lush factor, I used this incredible Shannon minky I got at the first Love Notions retreat.  I’d been saving it to use for a hood lining and it was just perfect for this!  My kids have all requested matching hoods so I’m crossing my fingers I can get a few more linings out of it.  It’s so soft and plush!

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This sweatshirt is quite possibly the prettiest hoodie I’ve ever made and is right up there with my favorite things to come off my machines.

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This cutie has been patiently waiting for me to sew up this Hobby Lobby fabric she picked out early this fall.  She specifically wanted an oversized hoodie and I kept putting it off, hoping the perfect pattern would pop up.  She squealed when I showed her Gabriela’s mini version and we both knew it was the perfect match!

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This is a size 10, early tester version.  The hood and length changed a bit since this but we love the fit!  I can’t wait to sew up a few more come next fall.  Big sis and little bro are waiting in line for theirs too!

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Make sure you grab your patterns on sale through Tuesday, March 17th!  I’m sure you’ll be as hooked as we are!

Liberty Winterbourne from Riley Blake Designs

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The Winterbourne Collection from Liberty Fabrics for Riley Blake is my newest fabric obsession.  I was head over heels for Flower Show Spring and this newest collection is just as incredible.

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This time I sewed up two dresses- my favorite thing to sew with Riley Blake quilting cottons.  As usually it was torture narrowing down our fabric choices.  My oldest is steering away from florals and this collection had a few beautiful prints that she loved.  My younger daughter loves pinks and blues and I knew so many of the prints in this line would look pretty on her.

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This print was such a beautiful choice.  It’s called Bankart Fresco-A and it has such a vintage feel to it.  The dark jewel tones are so pretty!

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She’s been wanting another Zoey Dress from Violette Fields Threads.    This pattern is one of my favorites.  I sewed one up for one of my very first collaborations with Riley Blake and it’s still in constant rotation.  It’s such a pretty style and one of these days I’m going to convince her she needs a maxi version because it’s just stunning!

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Those pretty sleeves get me every time!  This pattern comes together quickly thanks to that snap-front placket and bias neckline finish.  The fit is nice and easy with an elastic waist that adds comfort and a cute blouson effect.

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Little sis got a beautiful ditsy floral in the most gorgeous colors.  This print is call Primula Posey-B.  The pretty pink, soft blue, and sage green is such a great color combo.

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For her dress I used the Jilly Atlanta Marlow Dress.  I’m on a bit of a Jilly Atlanta kick.  I’ve hesitated to buy her patterns recently since my girls are at the top end of the size range but they seriously are sooo cute that I can’t help myself.  They’ve got their eyes on a couple of more of her patterns so expect to see a lot more Jilly Atlanta love around these parts.

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The Marlow is full of sleeve and skirt options which makes it a pattern that I can switch up a lot.  This is the short sleeves with vintage length.  You can do bodice or sleeve ruffles and there’s a clever front pocket to add too.  I love the relaxed fit.  It’s totally something I’d have in my closet too!

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My love for all things Liberty continues with this collection.  The collaboration with Riley Blake makes me so happy!  The lower price point makes these precious prints affordable and hopefully gets more sewists a chance to work with them.  Take a peak at all the Liberty collections with Riley Blake– so many to die for prints!

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Hey June Handmade Amherst Shirt

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I always jump at the chance to test for Adrianna of Hey June (or else I spend months regretting it- I’m looking at you Evans Blazer!).  A pattern test is just the push I need to try a more difficult project or to learn a new skill.  Hey June patterns are my favorite for great finishes, new techniques, and on-trend style.  The Amherst Shirt is no exception.

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I’ve hesitated to sew up the popular Cheyenne Tunic.  It scares me slightly with all the plackets, buttons, and fancy collar.  I’d love to try it when I can set aside the time but until then the Amherst was perfect for getting my toes wet.  I love the Love Notions Melody Top as a beginner button-front shirt and I feel like the Amherst is the next step on my way to the Cheyenne.

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The Amherst is a button-down shirt with a loose, relaxed fit.  It comes in sizes 0-24 and features a separate full-bust pattern piece.  The coolest feature is the mind-blowing integrated cuff that’s built right into the sleeve piece.  No funny seams showing for a nice clean finish!

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The back has a yoke and a pleat for ease in wearing.

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I sewed mine up in a linen blend I picked up in LA.  I grabbed yards and yards of this fabric because I loved it so much!  I have some pants planned with it for spring too.  It’s so comfortable to wear and I love the feel against my skin.  It has enough body that it was easy to work with but still drapes beautifully.

 

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There are multiple pocket options with this pattern.  I was so torn with mine and finally settled on a single pocket.  Sometimes the little details take longer to decide on than to actually sew!

I was able to sew this up in an afternoon which I think is fantastic.  You know I like to start and finish projects in one sitting or my mind can’t think of anything else.  Between the beautiful finishes on the inside and the great tutorial, I learned a few new things and was able to come away from this project feeling like I’d accomplished something grand.  I love a quick knit sew but nothing can beat the satisfaction of a gorgeous woven project.

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I think this top will pair great with a bright colored pair of jeans for spring.  I pulled out my favorite old khakis for this shoot for an easy look that I felt cool and pulled together in all day.

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We grabbed these pics after my daughters soccer game one morning and this is what happens when you realize your backdrop is an active wedding reception.  I tried to act like it’s totally normal to take pictures with strangers walking in and out behind you!  Anything for a good pic!

Riley Blake Called to Serve

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This year is a year of milestones for my little family.  My husband and I will celebrate 20 years of marriage in September.  My kids will turn 18, 16, 13, 11, and 8 and so many of those birthdays will bring big celebrations and important events.  There will be a high school graduation and an elementary school graduation as well.  I’ll gain a new teenager and officially have an adult child.  Just typing that all out has me teary-eyed!  How did I get so lucky and where have all the years gone!

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When I saw Riley Blake’s new Called to Serve line I knew it’d be perfect for this upcoming year of mine.  My oldest has already started preparing to serve a two-year mission for our church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  He’s attending extra classes on Sunday, doing the necessary medical forms, and is getting excited to serve the Lord.  As much as this breaks my mama to send him away that long, there isn’t another thing in the world I’d rather him do.

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When thinking about what I could tuck into his suitcase, I knew a simple pillowcase would be perfect.  It folds up small, will wash up great, and will be a nightly reminder of how much his mom loves him.  Each night as his exhausted head hits his pillow, he will be reminded of why he’s there and how much he’s loved at home.  I love all of the uplifting sayings on this print and the message that he’s there to serve.  The classic simple designs are so universal and not too juvenile.  It’s just too good!

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I used the Free Roll-up Pillowcase tutorial on the Riley Blake website.  I love that the inside is full of clean finishes so I can be confident that this will hold up throughout his mission.  It was a simple project that I think I will have to use in the future too!  I think it’s a great beginners project and one my kids would enjoy sewing themselves.

pocketpillows1My youngest will be getting baptized this year and has just really begun to study the scriptures on his own.  He likes to read them at bedtime or sometimes listens to them on his devices too.  I sewed up a pocket pillow that’s perfect for holding his books or Kindle and will be a great reminder each night to do his reading.

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This temple print is gorgeous!  The Angel Moroni statues are all metallic gold which I think adds such a pretty touch.  payton1It’ll be fun for them to learn about the temples and identify which ones are on this print.    As we travel around the country, we always try to stop by and visit each temple so they’ll get a kick out of seeing the ones we’ve seen in person.

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As we embark on this exciting year, I’m up for any and all advice you all have!  Do you have your own missionary?  Any tips as we prepare?  What helped you as a mom prepare?  I have a feeling I’ll be sewing my emotions away!

Make sure you check out this new line at your local quilt shops.  I keep thinking of all the great gifts it could be used for- scripture totes, quilts, church bags, or temple bags.  They’re good for newlyweds, missionaries, new converts, and more.  I feel so lucky to have been able to do a project that merged so much of what makes me ‘me’- my family, my hobby, and my religion.  Wish me luck this year!

Abby’s Spin + Twirl Dress and more new patterns in the Project Run and Play Shop

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The Project Run and Play pattern shop is growing!  I’m excited to be here today to share just one of the TWENTY new patterns now available at PRP, Abby’s Spin + Twirl Dress and Top.  You can grab any of the new patterns for 20% off through the end of the month!

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This pattern is a classic skater dress with a semi-fitted bodice and full circle skirt.  There are two bodice lengths: empire and natural waist, neckband or cowl neckline, multiple sleeve lengths, and a top or dress skirt length.  It comes in sizes 12 months all the way up to 14 (yay!).  I sewed up a size 12  with a 14 length with medium sleeves and of course we added the optional pockets!

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We used a stunning floral jersey from Raspberry Creek Fabrics that is on sale through today.   It was the perfect weight for this pattern.  It’s soft and comfy but still dresses up so nicely.  I love the pretty spring hues!

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Obviously, she had to try out the spin factor!

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Make sure to head over to the PRP shop to check out all the new arrivals.  Then head on over to Instagram for a fun little giveaway.  I’m giving away one pattern to the shop simply by following PRP on IG and commenting on my post- easy peasy!

With so many new patterns, make sure you check out the PRP blog each day for the featured patterns and fellow PRP designer showcasing it.  The fun continues through the end of the month!

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This post was sponsored by Project Run and Play and Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  All opinions are my own.  I’m a loyal PRP fan and RCF lover!