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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Suit Up For Summer Day Three

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Welcome to Day 3!!  Please tell me you’ve been so inspired and are reading this while prepping to sew your very own swimsuit!  I’m really hoping that we can calm your fears and give you the confidence to tackle your family’s swimwear needs.

Today I faced one of my big fears- the dreaded sewing for a teenage boy!  I can’t wait to tell you all about it!

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Before I was brave enough to sew for big brother I got to sew for a much easier critic!  This little man was dying for a swimsuit out of this cool shark boardshort fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics (one of our lovely tour sponsors!).

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I used the Swim and Surf Shorts from Gracious Threads.  I hesitate to promote this pattern in my boy post since it’s drafted for girls in sizes 6 and up but I think these fit his little body well.  I absolutely love the construction and the bias goes on so smoothly.  I used store bought but there are directions to make your own.  I switched up the waistband to just be one wide casing after Brittney’s advice.  I also used swim mesh for the underwear liner inside- I might switch it up to regular swim fabric in the future just for more comfort.

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You know I like to involve my kids in as much of the sewing as I can and with this suit I gave him a handful of drawstring choices.  He shocked me with this choice but was very adamant on the coral cord (a trimmed up shoelace!) because it glows in the dark.  I tried to tell him that at five-years-old he won’t be doing very much night swimming but he was very insistent!  I love it!

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So little brother’s suit was a breeze- cut and done in about an hour.  This guys was a different story!  I used Jalie Boys/Mens Board Shorts pattern and am really proud and happy with the results.  He is too which is such a relief!  I love that I was able to easily modify these to his taste.  We cut about 4 inches from the hem (he’s almost 6′) and brought in the inner leg about an inch so the legs weren’t so wide.  He really likes the more retro fit and I think it suits him well!

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I have such a love/hate relationship with Jalie patterns.  I love, love that they come with so many size options in one pattern.  I could use this same pattern on the 5-year-old and my XL husband- you really can’t get that anywhere else.  I love how well they go together, the end product is always amazing and the finishings are fantastic!  That being said they are usually not my standard quick afternoon projects.  I know I need to concentrate and take my time to achieve a great looking garment.  The instructions are pretty basic (you can preview them before you purchase a pattern to make sure it’s something you want to tackle).  This is where my love/hate comes in.  I love the conciseness.  I tend to read the instructions one or two times through before I start a project and then just go for it, referring back to the directions only occasionally.  With Jalie, you can print the directions on just a couple pages and have them right next to you as you sew.  With this pattern though, I could have used a little more hand holding.  I learned a lot and these were constructed different than I have done anything in the past.  Not bad obviously, just different.

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Lucky for me, my sister came over and manned her coverstitch machine and I did the sewing and serging.  I don’t know what I would have done without her help and the coverstitch.   Almost all the seams are topstitched which can be done with a double needle on your regular machine too but that would mean a TON of switching back and forth between a double and single needle, or if you’re really precise, faking the look by running two single stitches side by side.    Even with the two of us, this project took a good few hours. Granted we were sewing with a lot of little helpers running around too 😉

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This awesome fabric is also from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  You can find the coordinating navy also.  I can’t wait to share with you all our fun CLUB line suits tomorrow!

Looking for more boys swim patterns?  Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop, Titchy ThreadsLife Sew Savory, and Made By Jack’s Mum all offer them!

Have you entered the link up yet?  I’m loving what I’m seeing so far! You won’t want to miss out on your chance at the fun giveaways! (Giveaways are now closed)

Now go check out all the other amazing bloggers joining in the swim party:

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

A week in paradise

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I’m a Southern California girl living in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.  I need a little beach trip every once in a while to get me through the cold seasons here.

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We were lucky enough to head to Cancun for a week of sun and family time.  It was a big deal for us since we don’t often get to do big family vacations.  This year for Christmas instead of big gifts we chose to do a trip.  Hopefully we can make it a tradition because I’d much rather have the amazing memories than a house cluttered with toys!

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Seeing these three together in their mama-made swimsuits was so satisfying.  They were comfortable and just darn cute!

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You can see more of each suit here, here, and here.

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Would it be terrible to have a wall full of pics from this trip?!!

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He’s got the ‘smolder’ down- watch out ladies!

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And that water…like bath water warm!  Heaven, I tell you!

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We had the resort photographer take family pictures so those combined with ours from the week make for some pretty sweet reminders of an amazing trip.  I’m ready to head back!

 

Recess Rash Guard Swimsuit

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Little sister’s swimsuit was so perfect for the beach.  The rashguard proved invaluable against the sun and wind and those colors just popped against the turquoise waters.

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I used the Santa Monica Tankini from Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop for the bottoms.  I add a bit to the back rise and always fully line them.  It is the same pattern I used here for Charlie.

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We both love the coverage and fit of boy shorts.  Plus they look dang cute!

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Her top is a slightly modified Recess Raglan.  It’s lined in the front and taken in under the arms.

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I ordered a bargain lot of swim knits from Girl Charlee last spring.  There was enough yardage for suits for the next five years!  Lots of fun prints including this daisy and the light blue polka dots.  A great deal and so fun to experiment with.

I could take picture of my kids on the beach all day long!  You can’t beat the backdrop and lighting 😉

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They can mix and match their suits which is a huge bonus being the same size.  Hopefully they’ll always love sharing clothes because it sure makes it easier on this mom.

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She always has to throw in some sweet moves!  She just cracks me up!

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.

Euro Swimshorts for my baby

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Nothing groundbreaking but so darling on his tiny body.

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Love that lil’ toosh!

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

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