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

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.
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.


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!



Swimsuit Sewing 2018


I’ve been holding out on you guys!  I can’t believe I haven’t shared all the swim goodness that’s been happening at our house.  I’d like to thank Raspberry Creek Fabrics for giving me the push I needed to sew a million swimsuits this year- ok, maybe not a million but we’ve been busy for sure.


This little man has gotten three swimsuits so far this year.  You know me, once I start it’s hard for me to stop sewing swim.  It’s so quick and rewarding and they get worn constantly.  This suit is a Jolly Roger Raglan turned rashguard.  I was dying to try the new Cricut Sportflex vinyl on swim knit and I’m happy to say it’s held up so well.  The rash guards in this post have been to the pool multiple times and washed in the machine as well and the vinyl looks brand new.  I’m happy to have a fun, easy, quality way to personalize our swimsuits.


The shorts are the Peek-a-Boo Patterns School’s Out Shorts.  I used the girl cut line and love the length on him.  It’s very retro and just like the big boys are wearing.


This suit is made with the Linden Shorts pattern and add-on pack from Sew A Little Seam.  This palm print from Raspberry Creek’s newest swim line was one of my favorites and I just knew this little guy needed a suit from it.


Is this just not the picture of a happy kid, living the dream summer life?!


His last suit, so far, is the Sew Like My Mom Palm Euro suit.  I love the fit of this pattern and that it’s a little looser around the front area, if you know what I mean.  I think it’s cute and not too snug and so easy to play in.


This sweet tween just keeps shooting up and growing out of her suits.  I’m currently making her a 7/8 width and a 12 length which makes store bought suits something we just can’t do.  She’s loving this darling red suit we just made and she’s rocking these two as well.


This is the Made for Mermaids Calypso suit (I can’t sing the praises of the M4M Mermaid Shores suits enough!).  I love this fabric combo and this particular suit really comes together so quick.  Those flutters don’t need to be hemmed or gathered- hallelujah!  The RCF swim is nice and thick and not nearly as slippery as some of the other swim I’ve encountered.  It makes sewing through all those layers pretty painless.  I just make sure to clip more than with normal knits and my serger is my bff when it comes to swim knit.


Can we talk about that booty coverage for a minute?!  That’s one of my favorite things about all the Mermaid Shores patterns.  I hate seeing my kids with wedgies the whole time their swimming and these bottoms just stay where they’re supposed to.  Those M4M girls know what this mama likes!


Her other suit is a combo of my sons’ looks too.  I just had to try the Palm Euro pattern on her.  She loves boy short bottoms and I think this pattern was so perfect for her!  I love the little extra length they have over normal girl patterns.  This top is our trusty Camden Raglan from Hey June.  The only alteration I did to make it a rash guard was to do a self lining on the front, essentially it’s just two layers of the white swim knit.  It worked lovely and isn’t a bit see through.  I used my Cricut again for her graphic and love this cute little set.


I’ve got a couple more suits lined up before summer’s end.  I really love being able to sew suits to not only fit their personalities and personal style but also fit their unique body types.   This is the main reason I sew for these kiddos and one of those things that brings my pure joy!

Suit Up For Summer Day Four


We’ve made it to day 4- woot woot!  Have you learned anything so far?  Picked up a pattern or two?

Today I’m talking about the best part of swimsuit sewing- FABRIC!!  If you’re anything like me, you can never have enough fabric.

We have multiple fabric sponsors on the tour and I’m excited to get you guys shopping.  The Fabric Fairy has a HUGE selection of both spandex and board short fabric as well as everything you need to complete your suit- elastic, bra cups, linings, etc.

Peek-a-Boo Fabric Shop offers great custom printed fabrics and coordinates.  You can pick up your PAB pattern and sew it up in PAB fabric- oh cool is that?!

Simply By Ti has some great choices for swim cover-ups- think cozy french terry and bright crochet fabrics.

Boo! Designs is based in Australia and has an unbelievable selection!  Like I want to order a dozen prints right now!

Sash Fabrics is another custom fabric shop full of unique and fun designs!


My family is all decked out in another of our sponsors latest designs- Raspberry Creek Fabrics!  I love that these fabrics coordinate so well together without us being too matchy-matchy.  When looking through the new line it was so easy to pair up each print to my kids personalities!


The Sunset Palms were meant to be this kid’s.  He lives in subtle Hawaiian prints and this was just too perfect for him!  You can read more details about his suit in yesterday’s post.


I’ve been dying to share this suit!! This sweet, sophisticated girl is rocking the Tropical Leaves swim print in a Lil Luxe Leotard Etoile.  I think this is the perfect pattern/fabric pairing!


The simple silhouette really lets this print shine!


I need one of these suits for myself ASAP!


My little man NEEDED these sharks the minute he saw them.  I love the colors in this print and how easily they coordinate to so many others!  You can find his suit in yesterday’s post too!


This sassy girl loves the bright colors of the Sea Floor print.  Paired with the Nautical Stripe it’s too cute for words!


She’s wearing a Marilyn Vintage Suit from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop.  This suit offers plenty of coverage and so many cute options.  This simple view was fun to showcase these prints.


She certainly loves it!


I got another suit too!  This time I used the Nautical Stripe for myself.  I used the Edgy Top from George and Ginger.  It’s not designed as a swim top but with a few modifications it worked great!


I lined the front and added cups and an elastic shelf bra.  I cut my pattern a size smaller and finished the neckline and arm with elastic cut barely smaller than the openings.  I like to serge my elastic on in the round to the wrong side of my fabric then flip it under and topstitch with a twin needle.  Super easy!


I used the bottoms from the First Crush Suit from Rad Patterns.  The suit offers so many options and great coverage!

I love these stripes and the chance they gave me to play with the directions.  This swim knit is some of the nicest I’ve ever sewn with.  It’s nice and thick and has great 4-way stretch making it super easy for me to use it on the diagonal.  The matte finish gives it a very high-end feel.


I also used coordinating Navy Board Short Fabric to make me a pair of Swim and Surf Shorts from Gracious Threads.  I love the fit of these and after making my little guys these were such a quick sew.  I love the extra coverage for chasing kiddos around!

Phew!  So…many…swimsuits!  Are you sick of me yet?!! Just one more day…

I’ve got to give a huge thank you to our good friends for letting us borrow their gorgeous backyard for these pics!  It was absolutely perfect!

Make sure to enter the giveaways for your chance to win some of these amazing fabrics from our sponsors with a ton of patterns too!

Head over to the other bloggers to see what they’ve been making too:

Hosted by Sew Sophie Lynn & Paisley Roots

Monday: Pear Berry Lane / Inspinration / It’s Liesel / Sewing For Four

Tuesday: Harper Lu / Call Ajaire / Stylin Stacy / Skirt Fixation

Wednesday: Sewing By Ti / Sewing With Sarah / Sew & Tell / Me Made

Thursday: Made By Melli / Life Sew Savory / That’s What She Crafted / Auschick

Friday: Rebel & Malice / EYMM / Stitching & Making / Lilliepawillie

Pool Side Beach Party Tour


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.


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


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!!


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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?!


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!


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




Have you keeled over from cuteness overload yet?!!


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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Spring Break PJ Party Tour


I jumped at the chance to be a part of the Spring Break PJ Party Tour.


The tour is part of the Sew Your Stash Facebook group and I loved a good reason to sew up a few patterns I’ve had FOREVER!


I used a few patterns from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop.  My little man got some Alex and Anna Summer PJ’s.


I’ve been dying to use Raspberry Creek Club Fabrics for pajamas ever since I first felt them.  They are so soft and just perfect for snuggling in.


My boy is in Club Aztec print, my oldest daughter in Club Buffalo Check, and my younger daughter has Club Dots.  The solid cotton/lycra is also from Raspberry Creek.


I was silly and sized up for his and my oldest daughter’s (hoping to get more wear out of them) but they are plenty big.  She’ll for sure get a couple summers out of hers.


For her I used the Alex and Anna Winter PJ’s for the bottoms and Summer PJ top.



And miss P got some footless Happy Feet PJ’s.  The Happy Feet Pj’s were one of my first pattern tests ever and I can’t believe I never sewed them up again.


We headed to Grammy’s house for a fun slumber party photo shoot (Grammy has better indoor lighting, haha!).


Daddy took most of these pics and he is WAY more fun than mom!  I loved sorting through all the pics of them busting up.


Make sure you enter the fabulous giveaway and stop by all the other amazing blogs along the way.  The prize package is HUGE and you’ll want to check out the great fabric shop discounts too!

There are 24 shops sponsoring prizes for this tour!

Along with today’s daily giveaway (see below!) there is also larger giveaway and a link up happening. Go to today’s post over at Sprouting JubeJube to get the full details on how to link up and to enter the giveaway! We are also lucky to have four fabric shops offering readers discount codes: Fabric Sponsors Mabel Madison is offering 20% off with the code JAMMIES. Code expires March 31st! PhatQuarters is offering 10% off OR FREE shipping to US addresses on orders over 40$ US (with an equivalent discount for international shoppers). Use the code PHAT10 for 10% off OR FREE40 for free shipping to US. Raspberry Creek Fabrics is offering 15% off with the code PJPARTYTOUR. Good through March 26th! Tangled Blossoms Designs is offering 10% off with the code PJPARTY. Code expires March 25th!

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Make sure to swing by all the other fun stops on the tour.

Monday, March 21st

Sew Far North | The Wholesome Mama | From-a-Box | Pattern Revolution | Inspinration | Paisley Roots

Tuesday, March 22nd

Sprouting JubeJube | 5 Out Of 4 | Sew Happily Ever After | Beri Bee Designs | Phat Quarters | Connected by A Thread

Wednesday, March 23rd

Create 3.5 | Handmade Boy | HattieLu Handmade | Made by Melli | The Crafting Fiend | Sweeter Than Cupcakes

Thursday, March 24th

Lulu & Celeste | Sew Starly | Phat Quarters | Pear Berry Lane | Rebel & Malice | Creative Counselor

Friday, March 25th

Made By Jaime | Mae & K | Mabel Madison | SewSophieLynn | Amazing Adventures of Bubba & Bug | MahlicaDesigns

Euro Swimshorts for my baby


As we prepared to leave on a week vacation to paradise, I did what any normal mom would do and whipped up much needed new swimsuits for the family.


I’ll have a couple more posts this week to share some warm weather sewing but first up is the little guy.


I love those first glimpses of little knees and bellies after months of bundling up.  My boys usually wear rash guards in the sun so these cute belly pics in the early morning kinda make me giggle.


As I was cutting suits for the girls I was using Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop’s Santa Monica Sweetheart Tankini.  It has the cutest little boyshorts that I knew with a bit of tweaking would be perfect for my boy.


I added a touch to the back rise and fully lined them.  I finished them with wide bands on the legs to add a little length.  I think these were a half hour project but looked so hip and cute out on the beach.


Nothing groundbreaking but so darling on his tiny body.


Love that lil’ toosh!


And he grabbed them day after day… a win in my book.


Editing these pics in the middle of a snowstorm sure makes me want to go back!  Who’s with me?!!!