Can you believe we made it to the last day of the Suit Up For Summer Blog Tour?! Not gonna lie, I’m going to sleep well tonight! I’ve so enjoyed sewing swimwear and the sensational seamstresses on the tour have continued to impress me day after day. My jaw hits the floor with each new suit I’ve seen. It’s been a week of incredible ingenuity and I’ve found so many prints and patterns to add to my sewing queue.
Make sure you read to the end of the post to take advantage of the great discounts and to follow the links to all the other stops on the tour. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and settle in for some awesome inspiration.
Today I’m sharing a trio of suits and their matching cover-ups. This fabric combo right here has been taunting me in my dreams ever since I laid eyes on them. I saved them to sew up very last as my incentive to get everything else done! All that blush pink makes my heart burst!
For the swimsuit I used the Blush Floral swim knit paired with Mauve Polka Dot Mesh.
This fabric combo is so sweet and precious. I used the Lainey Swimsuit from Made for Mermaids. I knew I wanted a little ruffle for the mesh and the Lainey includes a ruffle option. I used the double ruffle hack on the M4M blog to really highlight that pretty mesh.
I adore this pattern and I think she’s gotten one every year since it released. I think that’s a tradition I can get behind. I love the bum coverage and that one shoulder look is just so adorbs!
If you are new to sewing swimsuits I highly recommend the Made for Mermaids patterns for great step by step instructions (Boo! Designs is another pattern company that is fantastic for swimwear beginners). The construction of the suits is pretty ingenious to give you hidden seams whether you do a full or partial lining. For this suit I fully lined the bottoms and just lined the front of the top. This fabric is surprisingly thick and opaque for having so much white background. In general, Raspberry Creek Fabrics base is a little thicker than what you might be used to and I never worry about it being sheer.
I used another Made for Mermaids pattern to create this perfect cover-up. The Spencer Robe is a great unisex pattern that can be used for so many things. In this gorgeous french terry it makes the ideal thing to throw on before or after a swim. It’s not too thick but is still nice and cozy.
Made for Mermaids is celebrating a huge milestone in their Facebook Group with a discount code through tonight March 15th at midnight CST. Now’s your chance to grab these patterns for a steal!
This girl has been wanting a real one-piece swimsuit forever! I always have to gear up for lots of size blending and a couple of muslins to get something that will fit her lean long torso. The Mairin Swimsuit from Sew A Little Seam was such a good pattern to work with and we’re loving this classic suit. Paired with some Swim and Surf Shorts from Gracious Threads it’s a look that we both are crazy about.
I think you can never go wrong with gingham and I’m thrilled that Raspberry Creek is offering it in red this year. This navy floral board short fabric was one of our most loved prints this collection. Together they make the most adorable pairing!
I love that she can wear this outfit from the pool to the picnic afterwards. Board shorts are my go-to swim cover-up and I’ll happily
brainwash convert this little miss to them too 😉
This little man got one more suit too! The Palm Euros from Sew Like My Mom are just about the cutest thing on little boys. I used this stripe for a preppy look that we both can get behind. I sized up one size for him to give him a bit more wiggle room. These are jammers length shortened a couple of inches.
Lowland Kids released this cute Racerback Hoodie this week and I knew it’d be a great top to throw on with his suits. In a cozy heathered french terry, it will be just warm enough after swimming.
You can also grab a code to get the hoodie for just $4 in the Lowland Kids Facebook Group that is good through midnight tonight as well.
These suits were some of my favorites ever! I love the vibrant cute fabrics and I’m glad I turned to some tried and true patterns for them. As I was sewing swimwear all week I took a few notes on things I couldn’t live without.
You can find my swim fabric tips here but these are all my favorite tools to have handy. When it comes to cutting slinky swim knit pattern weights, a rotary cutter, and a cutting mat are your best friends. When trying to keep your seams lined up, you can never have enough clips. Glue sticks are also super helpful for bindings, hems, or even stripe matching seams. I use sharp pins when attaching elastic though so that I can guarantee the elastic won’t pull the clips off. Swimwear elastic is key! Most patterns will call for it and the stretch and width of the elastic are all vital. When sewing on my regular machine, I like to use Eloflex stretch thread in my bobbin. It gives your seams a little more stretch and stability than a regular thread will.
For hems, I swear by Heat n Bond Soft Stretch. It will hold your hem in place and makes it super easy to fold the slippery fabric up into place. When actually hemming a stretch twin needle has always worked well for me. I will use a zig zag stitch for elastic but love a good double stitch hem on a rashguard or tankini top.
Phew! Did you make it to the end?! Thanks so much for joining us this week. It’s been a privilege to work with so many fantastic designers and so many creative and gifted bloggers.
Make sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour today!