Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics Day Five- Tween Sewing and Adding Coverage and Support to Swimwear

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Today is the final day of the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Suit Up for Summer Tour and I’m sharing some tween sewing as well as a little tutorial on how to add coverage and support to your swimsuits.

As the tour comes to an end, I’m filled with mixed emotions.  It’s been great to have a reason to get behind my sewing machines and also to share a little bit of hope and brightness with the community.  Deadlines are great motivators!  Not gonna lie though, I can’t wait to take a little break too!  It feels awesome to have a head start on the swim season but I’m ready to sew some cozy stay at home clothes now.  My emotions have been right on the surface lately and tucking away to my sewing space every now and then is still the perfect way to recharge and emerge ready to tackle the rest of the day.  Have you been sewing or is it a struggle to find the time and motivation?  This sewing community has been so supportive and it’s great to know that whether we’re sewing up a storm or just scrolling the web for inspiration, we’re all in this together!

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For today’s post I’m sharing two swimsuits I made for my oldest daughter as well as how to add cups and elastic for a little bit of support and coverage.  I’ve got an easy women’s rash guard with support coming at you too!

For these suits I used Coral Black and Grey Palm Leaf paired with Black Micro Stripes and Bright Pink and Navy Palm Leaves.  You know I like to let my kids pick their fabrics and this girl always manages to choose the same ones I would want myself!

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As soon as the Tadah Hapuna Swimmers and Leotards hit the scene I knew I needed to make one (or two!).  This pattern is full of options and they’re all adorable!  There’s a front color block bodice, a v-back or scoop back, one or two pieces, and so many cute sleeve styles.  I really want to make a version with the circle flounce sleeves but this one wasn’t having it.

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This pattern is full of measurements so I was able to get a great fit with our first suit.  I sewed up a size 10 width graded to a 12 through the waist and a 13 length.  This is the round scoop back with cap sleeves.

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For this version I used the same front bodice piece and color blocked the front to match the v-back color blocking.

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Just looking at that long and lean body you can tell that store bought suits just don’t fit this girly.  We recently tried to buy one she fell in love with online for our Hawaii trip and I had to alter it by bringing it in a full 1.5″ on each side!  Grateful I could make it work but even more grateful I can sew suits that fit her even better!

Sophie10This girl is just starting to develop breast buds and we wanted to add a little bit of coverage to her suits.  She doesn’t need support yet but really just wanted to add some chest coverage.  I’ve been adding bra cups to all my suits for years and I knew some light foam cups would be just what she needed.  Here’s how I did it:CupsFirst, I had her hold up the lining front piece.  We positioned the cups accordingly.  I used light foam cups, similar to what you find in sports or lounge bras.  In fact, I save all of the cups from old lounge bras to re-purpose for my swim suits.  I also like to stock up when I hit the LA fabric district (they’re a screaming deal at like 4 for $1).  Wawak is another option for cups and these ones are light and would work great for tweens.  They come in multiple sizes which is perfect for our little girls.  One more option would be to buy bra making foam sheets and cut your own cups to fit.  Etsy has loads of retailers that stock it.

cups2cups3Next, sew your cups on with a zig zag stitch.  I like to sew over the cup edge to really smooth the edge and make it not as noticeable from the outside of the suit.  Depending on the thickness of your main swim fabric, you can sew your cups on either the right or wrong side of your lining.  With thick quality fabric like Raspberry Creek, I usually put the cups on the wrong side of the lining between the lining and main fabric.  I find it more comfortable to not have the actual cup against my skin but it really works either way.  For my rash guard, I did the cups against my skin so you can see them more clearly in the tutorial.Sophie7I love the results of adding this little bit of coverage.  I also hand sewed cups to the lining of an already finished suit and she feels so much more comfortable with the extra support.  This would work well for ready to wear suits too since most children’s suits don’t adapt for this in the larger sizes.  This is new territory for me and I’m glad I could give my girl a little more confidence when she hits the pool this summer.Rashie5If you or your girl need just a little more support, you can add an elastic band for a shelf bra to your suit too.  I don’t need much support, just a little lift and this method is perfect for me.Rashie1For this rash guard I used the Patterns for Pirates Layer Me Up top.  You can use any tight fitting top pattern and the Layer Me Up is one of my favorites.  It has lots of sleeve options and gives me a nice slim fitting swim top.  I used the Black White Sage Light Blue and Blossom Pink stripe because these colors are so darn good together.  I paired it with my Hello Sailor bottoms from last year for a suit that I can’t wait to wear this summer.FlatlayFor my suit, I used the same technique as my daughter to sew on the cups but this time I sewed my lining to the front and back bodice pieces at the shoulders first so I could ensure a good fit when placing them.  I don’t like to fully line my rash guards because the extra layer is a little too hot for me.  In the past I have fully lined the front but this time I chose to just line the top half.  To add the elastic, determine how tight you want it to be.  I cut mine two inches shorter than the width of the lining where I was placing it.  You will then sew your elastic to your lining, stretching it as you sew.  I like to sew my elastic just outside of the side seam allowance.  This prevents pulling at the side seam.  I use a zig zag stitch but you can use any stretch stitch.  I had cut my lining piece longer than I needed so I had some wiggle room to work with.  Once I had my elastic sewn on, I trimmed off the extra lining on the bottom.Rashie4

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If you’re like me and just need a little support this works fantastic.  I’m not much help when it comes to the more well endowed.  You’ll want power mesh and possibly underwires and that’s a whole new ball game.  I just know I’ve used this technique for years and I love the results.

Are you ready for the rest of the tour bloggers rounding out the tour?!  So much inspiration headed to you today from It’s Liesel, House of Curves, Stitching and Making, Replicate then Deviate, and Paisley Roots.

As a special treat Raspberry Creek Fabrics is offering 15% off your entire order this weekend with code SUNSHINE.

 

Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics Day Four- Girls Swim Capsules

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Day four is here and I’m so excited for today’s post.  Swim capsules are so fun to sew and even more fun to wear.  Being able to mix and match pieces gives you so many options and stretches your swim wardrobe so far.  Plus it’s amazing for kids and tweens who can’t seem to keep their two-piece suits in one place- just grab any piece and go!

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I created two different capsules, one for each of my girls.  They each picked their fabrics and I had fun picking patterns to pair with these prints.  Raspberry Creek Fabrics offers so many prints that coordinate making it so easy to come up with cute combos.  I like to do at least one stripe, a fun print (like the leopard prints or a pretty floral), and a solid or something subtle that will match everything.

For this set I used Blossom Pink and Sage Palm Trees, Blossom Pink Polka Dots, Abstract Animal Print, Black White Sage Blossom Pink Multi Stripe, Black and White Leopard, and Solid Blossom Pink.  Can you see how many of them had the same colors in the name of the listing?  This makes it so easy to know if your prints will match!

The fabrics from this set were all part of the same collection from Kim Henrie which means they were designed to coordinate!  I used the Vertical Multi Stripe, Pink Orange and Black Leopard, Tangerine Orange Micro Stripe, and Pink Micro Stripe.

I sewed this set up before our trip to Hawaii in January and it was so perfect for our beach days!  These pictures make me so wistful for warmer days, traveling, and times when our biggest worry was what flavor of shave ice to get.

For this set I used the Made for Mermaids Calypso pattern.  It’s one of my go-tos (you can see our other versions here and here) and it was easy to customize.  These are a size 10 with a 12 length.  For the bottoms I cut on the plain high-waisted height but still added the band to give it a little more height.  This girl is very conservative and likes to be covered.  Her tops are all Calypso tops as well.  The pink stripe is the view A double flounce.  For the leopard top I simple used only the long flounce pieces and omitted the top layer.  The orange stripes is a view B bandeaux top.  I highly recommend this pattern if you are new to sewing or just a little timid when sewing swim.  The pattern is full of tips and the techniques used are now my default way for doing things.  All of the pieces are lined (the tops I just did the front bandeaux piece and the bottoms are fully lined) and the way you put them together all of the side seams are nice and hidden making them even more comfortable.

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I can’t get over how much I love this set!  It’s so cheery and a little bit unexpected.  She loved wearing these pieces on our trip and I know they’ll be worn a ton when we finally get some warm days.

Now, this set I got a little more creative.  I used the Calypso, the Megan Nielsen Mini Cottesloe, Made for Mermaids Roxy, and the Modkid Perfect Tee.  She requested a rash guard, another Cottesloe, and some more high-waisted bottoms.  These patterns were great choices to create the capsule of her dreams.

Both of these bottoms are the Roxy bottoms from Made for Mermaids.  They are a size 10 with a band added to the top.  She was right in between an 8 and 10 for waist and hips so I sized up since we’re at the start of the season.  They are slightly big and the added band brings them in a bit.  This time for the band, I trimmed off the top of both the front and back pieces and then added the band by sewing my elastic in the round, folding the band pieces over it and serging it on.  For the tie on the pink pair, I added a couple of inches to the wide end that gets sewn into the side seams so that our bow would be a little longer.

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This top is the Calypso with the single long flounce.  It’s just so cute and quick to sew that I can’t help making a million of them.

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For the rash guard I used my slimmest tee pattern which is the Modkid Perfect Tee.  I sewed it exactly per the pattern instructions (adding a lining to the front piece) and in her current size (size 10).  I personally like mine a bit more fitted but she was really happy with a bit looser fit.

Let’s talk about the Cottesloe.  These pieces are the view D high waisted bottoms with the high scoop back top in a size 9 with 11 length.  I tested this pattern last year and it was one of her favorite suits.  I do have a couple of issues with this pattern.  First there are no trunk measurements which makes it really hard to determine the right size for length.  I laid one of our one-piece patterns that fits well on top of this one piece and it was at least 3-inches too short (if I used the longest size Cottesloe).  For that reason, I’ll be sticking to the two piece for my girls.  I also measure my own elastic for the waist and lower bodice.  I cut pieces three inches longer than the pattern called for based on her size.

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The Cottesloe has much more negative ease than other patterns that I’ve used.  These are the slightly too big Roxy bottoms under the Cottesloe’s.  There’s quite the difference but both fit just fine.  The Cottesloe’s are stretched much more and the Roxy’s are only stretched a bit across her bottom.

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These sets just have me wishing and dreaming of another beach vacation and lazy days in the sun!

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Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics Day Three- New Favorite Swim Patterns for men, boys, and girls

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We’re halfway through the Suit Up for Summer Blog Tour.  Do you have a favorite suit you’ve seen yet?  Are you making plans for your own swimsuit sewing?  I don’t know about you but my list of patterns to try continues to grow with each post!

Today I want to share a few of my favorite suit patterns.  I sewed suits up for my four youngest kids this tour (I have the fabric ready to go for my oldest but with limited sewing time he’ll get his a bit later).  In sewing so many suits, I had a few patterns jump out as favorites.

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First, I want to talk about the Men’s Swim Trunks by 5 out of 4.  I sewed these up last year for my oldest and he loved them so when looking for a pattern for this growing boy I turned to them again.  He’s now sized out of most boy patterns and is on the small end of men’s patterns.  I used a size small and made a couple of adjustments.

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He requested this checker fabric but really wanted a plain black waistband.  This pattern has you sew on a separate inner waistband piece that gets flipped all the way to the inside.  To meet his request I took length off the front and back rise and doubled the width of the waistband piece to make a separate waistband casing.  I then sewed it on like a band and left an opening for the elastic.  I skipped grommet holes and added a faux drawstring.  This pattern calls for 1.5″ elastic in the waist and I think it was perfect.  I think after sewing all the board shorts for this tour I need to stock up on that size elastic!

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I skipped all of the pockets and kept these nice and simple.  I did chop three inches off of the length to get this length on him.  The pattern doesn’t have height measurements but instead has finished inseam measurements to help you get the look you want.

If you are looking for a men’s swim trunk pattern, this is a great pattern to work with.  It’s a nice base if you want to play around with it too.

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These two patterns are new to me this year and I am absolutely smitten (as are these two!).  It’s no surprise to me that many of the other bloggers on the tour also sewed these patterns up- they’re just so cute! I’m talking about the Lowland Kids Swim Briefs and Sofiona Designs Narwhal Swimsuit.  I shared another pair of swim briefs yesterday and I’m pretty sure he’ll have at least one more pair come summertime.

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The swim briefs are unlike most boy patterns in that they are sewn with regular stretch swim fabric.  My little guy LOVES how comfy they are!

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This is a size 7/8 in the wider width (the upper sizes have both a regular and wide fit).  I skipped the real drawstring and sewed my signature faux drawstring (nothing worse than loose drawstrings falling out).  These are not lined- they were my tester for yesterdays pair and RCF swim fabric is nice and opaque so I knew they’d still be wearable.  I did line the next pair with sport mesh and he loves them either way.

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I was nervous he’d miss the brief-type of liner but he really prefers these over them.  He’s a boxer brief kinda kid so this feels natural and comfortable to him.

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Let’s talk about the Narwhal.  It’s so full of options and with each new version I see I now feel the need to sew them ALL.  She’s declared this her favorite suit I’ve ever made her!  That makes this momma over the moon!

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I sewed the one-piece version with the pieced front and criss-cross detailing.  This is a size 8 chest blended to a 10 in hips, waist, and trunk.  I loved all the measurements included, with loads of finished garment measurements.  This makes it so much easier to get a good fit on kiddos that don’t fall into one size.

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I skipped the criss-cross back detail and simply sewed my straps right onto the back binding.  Believe it or not, I’m not sure I’ve sewn a swimsuit with binding since my very first suit years and years ago.  I’ve been avoiding them like the plague!  Turns out- they’re not so scary!  I used my twin needle on my sewing machine and they really were pretty easy.  Not perfect but still good.

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For these suits I sewed up the lemons (paired with the solid yellow swim).  I think navy, yellow, and kelly green are one of my favorite combos.  So preppy and classic!  This is right up there as one of my favorite RCF swim prints ever.

Make sure to head to the other blogs sharing all their cute makes today.

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

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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.
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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.

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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!

 

 

Suit Up for Summer with Raspberry Creek Fabrics Day One- Coordinating Suits for the Family

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It’s time for one of my favorite blog tours- the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Suit Up for Summer tour!  My love of sewing swimsuits runs deep and I live for this week to sew and share my love with you all.

Stay tuned to the end of this post for all the details of this week long tour including all the amazing bloggers joining in, a tour-exclusive fabric discount and giveaway info!

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Karly of Paisley Roots and I have been prepping for this tour for months.  We’ve been excited to share the amazing suits that our tour bloggers have been working on.  With the events of the last few weeks, we hesitated to move forward with the tour but after a collective vote we all agreed that the world needs a little sunshine right now.

I don’t know about you but the act of sewing swimsuits for me is an act of faith.  I usually start in February or March to ensure that my family is set once the warm weather hits.  Sewing swimwear when it’s snowing and temperatures are freezing is showing a hope and faith that sunny summer days are coming soon.  It helps me beat that winter gloom just imagining my family together at the swimming pool or lounging on the beach.  This year that faith is even stronger as we’re living with such an uncertain future.  I know that there will be pool days and laughter ahead.  The sun will shine bright and I won’t take for granted when my extended family gathers for a swim at Grammy’s pool.  I’ll savor the play dates at the splash pad and splashing on the trampoline with the sprinklers.  I have hope and know that we will all be so grateful for each and every day of normalcy.

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This week, I’ll be bringing you a post everyday that will hopefully inspire you to get sewing and look towards your own sunny days ahead.  Today I’m sharing some fun family coordinating suits.  I’ll share more details on each suit later this week but for now want to get your mind going with all of the cute fabric combinations available at RCF.

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I love that each RCF fabric release has coordinating collections within it.  It helps take the guesswork out of matching prints.  It’s also fun to find your own group of prints and basics that work perfectly together since all of the RCF designers use our CLUB basics for the colors of their prints.  I’m loving all of the black and white prints this year and was happy that my kids each picked some as their favorites.  My teenage son picked the Black and White Checker Print for his suit and I was thrilled when the other three chose prints that went so well with it.  For his suit I used the board short base but for little brother’s I used the stretch swim base.  Big sister is wearing Coral Palm Leaves paired with Black and White Micro Stripes.  Little Sis fell hard for the Blossom Pink and Sage Palm Trees that match perfectly with the Blossom Pink Solid.  I love that these all look great together but aren’t too over-the-top as a whole.

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I came up with a few more combinations that would work for the whole family.  This set includes: Tonal Teal Grey Multi Stripe, Grey Gingham basic, Navy and Lilac Sea Creatures, Deep Lilac Swim Solid, and Charcoal Grey Board Short.

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These Bananas are just about the cutest thing ever! Paired with Black Gingham, Black and White Leopard Print, and fun vivid solids like Lipstick Pink and Bright Yellow, this group just makes me so happy!

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For a more low-key family look, I did another pink and black combo.  These Cactus look great on any gender and any age.  I love them with the Black and White Checker print but they also coordinate well with the Handrawn Dots or Coral Gingham (can you tell I’m a big fan of ALL the ginghams!).  Throw in a classic solid black board short and this combination is to die for!

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Ready for all the tour details?!

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Follow along this week with this talented group of bloggers.  You can head to the RCF blog for previews of each days tour participants.

 

Thanks for joining in our fun and we really hope this week brings you a little joy and hope for amazing days to come!

Suit Up For Summer Day 5

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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 😉

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

 

Friday: Its Liesel / Amber Lauren Boutique / Violette Field Threads / Confetti Unicorn

For this week, March 11-15, 2019, our readers can enjoy 20% off SWIM ONLY from these sponsors!
Wardrobe By Me code: Raspberry Creek
Simple Life Pattern Company code: SLPCO-RCSWIM
Titchy Threads code: SUITUP19

5oo4 code: RCFSWIM

and 15% off SWIM ONLY from Jalie code: SWIMTOUR15OFF



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Suit Up For Summer Day Four

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Today I’m sharing a couple of women’s suits for ya’!  I’ve been loving all the brave beautiful women in their handmade suits this week and now it’s my turn.

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It’s amazing to have gorgeous handmade suits in your closet but posting those suits for all to see is a little intimidating and oh so vulnerable!  With great fabrics, stellar patterns, and a little bit of power mesh it was a little easier to bring out the inner swimsuit model in me, lol!

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I used a couple of my favorite swimsuit patterns and did a little pattern hacking as well to get two suits I can’t wait to wear this summer.

(Can we get a huge shout out to mother nature for giving us a day with temps in the high 50’s?!! Never mind it was a blizzard the next day because that taste of spring was just what I needed!)

Mairin5

I have a whole Pinterest Board full of adorable swimwear inspiration for the whole family.  I’m loving all the wide vertical stripes I keep seeing and wanted to recreate this Gap swimsuit.  This vertical stripe swim print was just perfect for it.

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I used the Mairin Swimsuit from Sew A Little Seam.  I wanted a basic one piece suit with no bells and whistles.  The Mairin is so full of options that it felt a little strange to go with such a basic option.  I’ve decided my swim collection is full of ‘adult beach vacation’ suits and not enough ‘family pool time’ suits, if you know what I mean.  I was in need of a suit I could throw on and not worry about coverage.  This suit totally fits the bill.

Mairin4

I used the mid cut lines for everything from the scoop neck to the back to the leg rise creating a modest suit that I feel so comfortable in.  I added bra cups and an elastic shelf bra to the lining.  I also added a layer of power mesh between the lining and outer swim fabric as well (I cut it from just under the elastic bra line to just above the leg opening).

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Paired with board shorts from our last Suit Up Tour, I’m ready for a day of swimming with the kiddos.  I used the Gracious Threads Swim and Surf Shorts and I wear them constantly!  I love a little extra coverage and I turn to this pattern again and again.

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This next swimsuit is a little less kid friendly but definetely hubby approved.  I have been dying to hack the Patterns For Pirates Wiggle Dress into a swim top since it’s release.  This citrus print was just begging for a little something special and the off the shoulder look was perfect! Paired with the Hello Sailor Swim Bottoms it’s a look that’s both classy and a little sophisticated.  I love feeling covered but a little flirty at the same time 😉

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Modifying the Wiggle for swimwear was a pretty easy task.  I used the size I fell into and cut it at the crop top line plus an inch for the hem.  In the future I think I’ll add more length so I can wear it a little higher on my shoulders and still cover my tummy.  I added a lining with soft bra cups to the front bodice.  Otherwise I constructed the top per the pattern instructions and it worked brilliantly.  I’m the worst pattern hacker and I’m so glad this turned out to be a no-brainer!

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I have a feeling these simple black bottoms will go into the rotation with so many of my other swim tops.  I love the fit and coverage!

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I’m so thrilled to have these suits to turn to once pool season arrives.  These fabrics were such a treat to work with and I’m loving the huge variety I have to pick from.  I’ve got my eye on so many more prints I think my own swim collection will be growing this summer.

Today’s bloggers joining me on the tour have killed it with their own looks.  Make sure you check them out and don’t forget to take advantage of the incredible discounts from our awesome sponsors!

Make sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour today!

 

 

Friday: Its Liesel / Amber Lauren Boutique / Violette Field Threads / Confetti Unicorn

For this week, March 11-15, 2019, our readers can enjoy 20% off SWIM ONLY from these sponsors!
Wardrobe By Me code: Raspberry Creek
Simple Life Pattern Company code: SLPCO-RCSWIM
Titchy Threads code: SUITUP19

5oo4 code: RCFSWIM

and 15% off SWIM ONLY from Jalie code: SWIMTOUR15OFF



A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

Boo Designs / Sew A Little Seam / Titchy Threads / Simple Life Pattern Co. / Jalie

Little Lizard King / Made for Mermaids / Love Notions / Striped Swallow Designs

Patterns for Priates / Violette Field Threads / Wardrobe By Me / 5oo4 / Sew Like My Mom