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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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!

 

 

Pool Side Beach Party Tour

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I’m so excited to join in the super fun Pool Side Beach Party tour!  Make sure you make it to the end for a fun giveaway and links to all the other great blogs on the tour.

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These cute cousins just can’t get enough of each other.  In matching swim suits, they couldn’t be more adorable!

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I just had to include this cutie and that belly when I started planning for the Pool Side Beach Party Tour!  Don’t you just want to eat her up!!

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We used a handful of patterns and hacked away to get these looks.  This one is sporting The Uptown Bathing Suit by Little Finch Patterns.  I’ve had it on my to-sew list since it released.

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Sophie is wearing a little Peekaboo Pattern Shop– the fabric came from PAB and I used these bottoms.  The top is a modified Cosi featuring a cascade ruffle that I just had to do after seeing my pal Karly’s cute suits.  The headbands are Barb’s Headband, a free pattern from Simple Life Pattern Company.

These two are in modified Cosi’s also.

I feel like this post should be titled ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Darling’ 😉

The Good- My sister has lived thousands of miles away in Alaska for far too long and she’s here for the summer with her darling little family.  We spent the day sewing up these suits together and it was THE BEST!  We’ve spent far too many hours on the phone or FaceTiming about our sewing questions and creations and it was ‘simply marvelous’ being in the same room sewing!  Can’t wait for more of those days in the next couple months.

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The Bad- I’d love to say that sewing these up was a breeze but that’s just not how it went down.  This cute suit from Little Finch needs a little TLC.  The pattern has some drafting issues which were easy to smooth out and it came together so, so fast.  I did a 6 width with an 8 length and it fit like a glove.  The way the front tie is constructed per pattern instructions she couldn’t get it over her head so we improvised and I sewed one end of the tie down to the center front and we just wrap it around her neck and tie.  It has a heck of a time staying up on her chest but I think a little clear elastic in the top band would help.  I will definitely make this suit up again and try to tweak it further to get it perfect.  It’s too cute to give up on- I love the cut of the legs and the sleek, sophisticated style!

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This suit gave me a run for my money.  Those bottoms- ugh!  I’ve made them multiple times and every time I think ‘I need to fix this pattern to fit better’ and I’ve never gotten it quite right.  The pattern is one simple piece with the same front and back rise.  If you look at that tiny booty you might think that’d be just fine but it’s always bugged her and the back is always dangerously close to over-exposing a  little toosh.  I added a wide waistband this time after hacking off the elastic at the waist.  I finally redrafted the pattern and sewed up a new pair in the hot pink fabric that she can wear with this top too.

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I love the ruffle detail and wider neck straps I hacked on this top.  I think I need to make another version with a few little tweaks to get it just perfect.

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This cute chub and that belly were a bit of trouble for the high-waisted Cosi bottoms.  My sister chopped off a couple inches and added a waistband and I’m just loving this two-piece and that tummy!  Not bad for my sister’s very first swimsuit, right?!

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This tiny girl just turned one and the smallest size in the Cosi (6 mos) was still a little big in the chest.  With a little pleat and a decorative bow, this suit is now the perfect fit!

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Ok- now for the Darling!  C’mon, little girls in swimsuits is just about the cutest thing ever!

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Have you keeled over from cuteness overload yet?!!

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One more to push you over the edge…

Make sure you check out all the other stops on this fun tour.  So much summertime inspiration!

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Cosi Swimsuit and Raglan Rash Guard

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The Cosi Swimsuit by SewPony Vintage has been on my to-sew list for ages.

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A quick google search will bring up countless darling versions and will give you the itch to sew one up too.

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I love all the options it comes with- two piece or one piece and multiple color blocking choices plus a version with a ruched center piece.  They all are so retro and cute!

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I did the view F bottoms and added faux piping in the seams.  For the top, I used the one piece pattern and chopped it off to hit as close to the top of the bottoms as I could.  I wanted the look of the two piece with the modesty of a one piece.

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We have so many versions planned come summer!  It’s a fantastic pattern with great instructions and so, so many options.

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We also adore rash guards and I love how simple they are to make.

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I used the Recess Raglan from See Kate Sew.  I take it in under the arms a bit to be more fitted and line the front in swimsuit lining.

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So perfect for hitting the waves!

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To finish her look, she got a new cover-up.  I used the Kelli Kimono from Made for Mermaids.  I followed my women’s version (the Patterns for Pirates Summer Kimono) as a guide to make it robe length and to add a sash sewn onto the back.  It’s out of a lightweight sweater knit that matches her suit perfectly!

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I’ll leave you with my new favorite picture of these two!  There’s such admiration in his eyes- he sure loves his big sis.