Made For Mermaids Mama Camila

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I’ve been sewing swimsuits for my kiddos this summer and I’m finally sharing one for ME!  Let’s be honest though, I’d much rather be posting pics of my kids than of me, especially in swimwear, yikes!  This swimsuit has been in my head since last summer and I’m so excited to have it done, it just has to be shared with the world!

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The Mama Camila suit is one of my favorites (I also have a healthy obsession with the girls version as well).  I wore last year’s Camila so much throughout the year that I knew another one would be a welcome addition.

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When I snagged this lemon print from CaliFabrics last year I knew I selfishly wanted it for myself.  I loved it so much when it arrived that I had to order more just in case my girls needed a suit or two too.  I love that CaliFabrics gets designer ends so their selection is always great quality.  For better or worse, their selection is constantly changing so check back often and make sure to grab your favorite prints before they disappear.

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Let’s talk about this pattern.  I love how incredibly versatile it is.  The main bodice is a simple one piece with elastic ruching through the tummy area.  There are options to sew the flounce like this or over the arms.  I like to do the off shoulder view because you can still slip it off your shoulders and wear it like this easily.  You can do shoulder ties, a halter tie, or skip the ties altogether.   This is my first time doing the double ties and I love them!  If you choose to skip the ties the top of the suit feels super secure with the elastic.

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When I’m chasing kiddos at the pool, I tend to tuck the ruffle under my arms.  It’s a little more freeing, lol!

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Off the shoulders feel so chic though!  This is my vacation with the hubby look.  Cute but a little sexy too 😉

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I like to add all the inner options to my suits.  This one has foam cups, a shelf bra, power mesh and a full lining.  The pattern walks you through adding everything to get a suit that’s flattering and supportive.  I love being able to make something that makes me feel as comfortable as possible strutting around the pool.

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Are you new to sewing swim?  Looking for swim tips?  I’m over on the CaliFabrics Blog too sharing some of the things I’ve learned throughout the years.  Swimsuits are so much fun to sew and I look forward to sewing a new batch each season.  This Camila is at the top of my list of favorites for sure!

 

Swimsuit Sewing 2018

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

Sew Americana Tour 2018

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The Sew Americana Tour by Katy from Wild and Wanderful is always a favorite of ours.  It’s just the perfect kickoff to all our summer fun and we love capturing these cute girl cousins together.  It’s also a great reminder, even in these troubling times, of just how lucky we are to live in this country.

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It’s been fun to see how much these girls have grown.  We loved our first year of dresses and last year we did easy to wear playtime looks.  A palate of red, white, and blue is just so classic and lends itself to so many different interpretations.  We’ll never grow tired of it!

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We were so lucky to get to pick from some amazing Sly Fox Fabrics for this post.  I’m always up for sewing swimsuits and these swim knits were the perfect place to start.  Those polka dots just screamed to be made into a cute retro swimsuit and my red loving daughter needed a sophisticated solid suit that feels more 70’S swimwear model and less Baywatch, if you know what I mean.  These fabrics were just what I had in mind.

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We combined these fabrics with a couple from Raspberry Creek Fabrics- the navy gingham and navy solid.  My sister sewed up these two darling suits and I love how they coordinate with my girls.

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Can I talk about this look for a minute?!!  When did my little girl get so old?!  She’s always had a bit more mature taste in everything from clothes to books to how she spends her free time (crafting or organizing things usually).  This suit is such a great reflection of that while still being modest and girly.

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The Camila Swimsuit from Made for Mermaids has solidified it’s spot at the top of my swimsuit pattern list.  It’s quick, easy to alter for her slim frame, and so cute on!  I love the coverage on the bottom and the different options with the flounce (either over the shoulder or under the shoulder like on the gingham suit).  I am dying to make me another version too!

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This little cutie is rocking her Camila as well.  With the flounce under her arms she’s ready to play!  There are multiple strap options too so she can swim to her heart’s content.

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I knew I had to do the new Catalina Swimsuit from Violette Fields Threads with this fabric.  It’s just such a sweet throwback look and too perfect for this tour.  I love, love the ruffles and that front tie!

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I’ve got to be honest and say I struggled with this suit.  I think to get a properly fitting suit you need lots of measurements in the pattern especially trunk measurements and that’s missing from this pattern.  I graded the pattern according to her measurements and matching the pattern then added an extra inch in the trunk just to be safe (I was thinking I could do a side gather similar to the Camila if it ended up too long).   It actually turned out too short and she’s constantly pulling it up in the front.  I also think it’s hard to sew the straps in place before it can be tried on and they turned out a little too long exacerbating the low neck problem.  I think part of sewing our own swimsuits is getting a better fit than you can buy and that just isn’t the case with this one.  It really did turn out darling though and I know she’ll still get plenty of wear out of it.

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Now this little miss has stolen our hearts and is rocking a Mairin Swimsuit from Sew A Little Seam.  This is the halter neck boyshort option with leg ruffles- a combo I need to try for myself!

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Isn’t it just sweet and classic?  The options with the Mairin are endless and a little daunting at first.  A quick look on Instagram and you’ll be wanting to sew ALL the variations and may be like me- paralyzed with fear of picking the wrong one!  This has convinced me that there is no wrong one.  Must. Sew. All. The. Mairins.

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Thanks so much for stopping by our little stop on the tour.  Make sure you check out all the other fantastic bloggers this year.  There is always so much inspiration and I love all the stories everyone shares.

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Monday, June 25:
Wild + Wanderful | Marvelous Auntie M | Handmade Boy
Phat Quarters | Call Ajaire

Tuesday, June 26:
Musings of a Seamstress | Sea of Estrogen | Sew and Tell Project
5 out of 4 Patterns | Little Heart Threads

Wednesday, June 27:
Middle River Studio | Elli & Nels | SewSophieLynn
Pear Berry Lane | The Eli Monster

Thursday, June 28:
Auschick Sews | EYMM | Mama & Leia
Seams Sew Lo | Stitched by Jennie

Friday, June 29:
Stylin’ Stacy | Rebel & Malice | On Wednesdays We Sew
FairyTale BT | That’s-Sew-Kari | Very Blissful

Made for Mermaids Mermaid Shore Collection- Lainey and Calypso

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I’ve got a problem people- I can’t stop sewing swimsuits.  It’s seriously so addicting.  They’re quick, take such little fabric and we spend so much time in them that I feel like it’s so worth it.  Plus my swim knit stash keeps multiplying and there is no way I could pass up testing the new Mermaid Shores collection from Made for Mermaids.

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I’m splitting our suits into two posts simply because I have soooo many cute pics to share with you!  First up is the Lainey, a cute one shoulder two-piece suit with optional ruffles at the neck or waist.

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For my version, I did the neck ruffle and added a tiny pom pom trim to the edge.  This border print was just perfect for this suit.  So perfect that the pattern piece for the top barely fit in between the borders and the ruffle piece was almost the exact measurement of the border.  Seriously meant to be!  My sister picked up this fabric at the SAS warehouse in Phoenix.

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One of my favorite things about all the suits in this collection is the bum coverage.  So, so good!  No wedgies here!

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The Lainey comes with a crop and tankini top options.  This little one is adorable in the simple crop version with the ruffle bottom.

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The whole Mermaid Shores collection is all about mixing and matching and these Lainey bottoms pair so well with the Calypso top.

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The Calypso is a two piece suit with optional ruffles on the top and high waisted bottoms.

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It’s so darn cute and easy to sew too! This is the smallest size (1/2) on this tiny miss.

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I love being able to blend sizes easily to get the perfect fit for my girls.  This one is a 6 chest with 7 hips and 8 length- an easy blend using the instructions in the pattern.  You can’t get that kind of fit in an off the rack swimsuit!

I can’t tell you how much we adore this whole collection!  I’m so excited to share our Camila’s with you tomorrow!

Patterns for Pirates Take The Plunge Swimsuit

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Yes, I made yet another swimsuit but you guys, I just couldn’t resist!  Judy at Patterns for Pirates is known for making women feel beautiful and by darn it she’s done it again.  Just check out all the amazing testers and how gorgeous they all look!

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It has been YEARS since I have worn a one piece that fit properly.  I have a long torso, small bust and no waist.  Suits either drowned my bust, gave me major wedgies or were tugged too low in the chest.  I had yet to sew myself a one piece also because I thought it’d be a disaster to try and get the fit right.

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Enter the magical Take The Plunge Swimsuit.   The pattern includes all the instructions and measurements to help you get the best fitting suit ever!  For me that meant making a small bodice graded to a large at the waist then a medium in the bottoms plus adding an inch to both the bodice and the bottoms.  Sounds crazy and confusing but it really was a cinch.  I made the adjustments totally based off my measurements and said a little prayer it would fit right.

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Ta-da!  Best fitting suit ever!  This was also the first time I’d used push-up cups and let me tell you they are AWESOME!  I’m usually not too concerned about the appearance of the ‘girls’ but this suit really highlights them and a little ‘oomph’ was needed.   Whether they need a little taming or a bit of lift, this pattern works wonders!

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There are multiple options for straps and ruching.  I did the plain bottoms and full back.  I love feeling nice and secure for chasing the kiddos at the pool!

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On the fence about sewing swimwear still?  Check out our blog series here, here, here, here, and here for tons of inspiration and tips for sewing swimsuits for the whole family!

And make sure to grab you own copy of the Take The Plunge!

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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You have until Tuesday to enter the giveaways so here’s a little reminder.
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1 Pattern of choice from: Closet Case Patterns, Jalie, Gracious Threads, Lil Luxe Collection, My Childhood Treasures, 5 out of 4, Titchy Threads, Call Ajaire, Rad Patterns, and Boo! Designs.

$25 gift cards from: The Fabric Fairy, Raspberry Creek Designs, Peekaboo Patterns,

and a $20 gift card to Simply by Ti
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$80AUD from Boo! Designs & 2 yards of swim knit from Sash Fabrics (1 Paisley Skulls & 1 Maroon Wild Thing)
$20 gift card to Simply by Ti & a $20 gift card to Patterns 4 Pirates
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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!

 

 

Suit Up For Summer Day Four

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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The simple silhouette really lets this print shine!

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I need one of these suits for myself ASAP!

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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!

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

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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.

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She certainly loves it!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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