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July 2019

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swimsuit week winners

Hey guys! Just wanted to pop in quickly this morning. We’ve just gotten back from another quick cottage getaway, where we spent SO much time in the water, which I feel is totally appropriate as we’re wrapping up our swimsuit weeks.

I still actually need to share the swimsuits I’ve made with you guys, but I didn’t want to keep those of you that entered in our awesome giveaway waiting!

The prizes were in no particular order, so let’s recap and see who won each one!

First prize was a 30$ gift card for The Fabric Fairy and 1 swimsuit pattern from Simple Life Company. The Fabric Fairy has slowly become one of my go to’s for when it comes to purchasing swimwear fabric. They have great quality, huge selection of solids and prints (in both boardshort and nylon/spandex) that I’m always able to find what I’m looking for. And the Simple Life is a newer to me pattern shop, but I’ve really fallen hard for the designs they’ve created, especially in their swimsuit patterns. I want to say a huge congrats to the winner of this package, Melissa!!!

Our second prize was a 30$ gift card for Raspberry Creek Fabrics and 1 swimsuit pattern from Upcraft Club. Honestly, I can’t say enough good things about Raspberry Creek and Upcraft. These are two amazing women that have both created amazing shops. At Raspberry, you’ll be able to find one of a kind prints on swim and board that they print in house, and each summer they bring out great new designs with adorable coordinates. And at Upcraft, you’ll be able to browse through a curated list of pattern designers to find the swim pattern you’ll have been looking for, and maybe even a new to you designer! Huge congrats to the winner of this package, Judith!!

And last but not least, we have a 25$ gift card for Peekaboo Pattern Shop. Here, you’ll be able to find everything you need, since Peekaboo is not only a pattern shop that carries adorable styles of patterns for both boys and girls, but also carries a great selection of swim and boardshort fabric as well! I personally love that they have SPF 50 fabrics specifically too. You’ll be able to choose your pattern AND the fabric you’ll want to match it up with. Big congrats to the winner of this one, Lim Hwee Ke!!

All you lovely ladies will be getting an email from me shortly! So make sure to check your inboxes! And again, I want to say a HUGE thank you to our sponsors for these past two weeks full of swimsuits! I’ll be back to share what I’ve made throughout the weeks in a few days.

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sourcing girl’s swimsuit fabrics

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed a huge selection of swim fabrics slowly popping up. As sewing swimwear becomes more and more popular, so does the fabric selection become more readily available and easy to source.

1) SWIM SHOP CATICORN – Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop 2) Pink and Mint Cherries on Navy – Cali Fabrics 3) TEAL AND FUCHSIA FLAMINGO  – Raspberry Creek Fabrics 4) Dance/Swim Knit Solid Fabric – Jo-Ann Fabrics 5) SACRED DAISIES SWIMSUIT – The Purpleseamstress Fabric 6) Tropical Nylon Swim Tricot – Blackbird Fabrics

When I first started sewing swimsuits, I really wasn’t sure what to look for in my fabrics. All I knew at that point was that I needed some sort of knit fabric (see my ignorance there ;)). As I dug into the world of swimsuits, I learned that I would need a spandex/nylon fabric. Swim fabric should consist of mostly nylon or polyester (80% – 90%), with at least 10% to 20% Lycra or spandex. Swimsuit fabric should be lightweight, durable and very stretchy with good recovery.

You also want to pay attention to the direction of stretch. Is the fabric a 2-way stretch or a 4 way stretch? If the fabric only stretches from selvage to selvage , without much stretch going the length of the grainline, then it is considered a 2 way stretch. If it stretches both selvage to selvage and the length of the grain, then it is considered a 4 way stretch.

Paying attention to the direction of stretch is important, especially if you plan to sew a one piece swimsuit. A one piece swimsuit has negative ease in both the width and the height, which means it is important to have a fabric with 4 way stretch for a one piece swimsuit. However, if you are sewing a 2 piece swimsuit than you would be able to work with either a 2 way stretch fabric or a 4 way stretch fabric.

Okay, now that we know what we are looking for, where do we go to find it?

Swimsuit fabric has become more readily available to the home sewist the last few years. If shopping your local fabric store you can often find swimsuit fabric with the “performance” or “athletic” fabric.

In addition to having good, durable swimwear fabric, many people prefer to line their swimsuits. For the most part I line my swimsuits with lightweight swim lining fabric. I personally buy my lining in basic nude, white and black. However, you could also line your swimsuit with neutral-colored swim fabric. This option is especially nice if you have swim fabric that is somewhat shear or if you would like extra support.

Nude Swimsuit Lining Fabric – The Fabric Fairy

Some of my favorite go-to shops for swim are online, because they offer so much variety!

*Please Note I am located in the US. I am including these shops on the list because either I have have bought swim fabric from them or because they have a large selection.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics

Peak-a-Boo Pattern Shop

Blackbird Fabrics (Canada Based)

So Sew English Fabrics

Cali Fabrics

Purple Seamstress Fabric

The Fabric Fairy

These are just a few great shops to get you started, but there are so many more! The great thing is, it really does not take a lot of fabric to make a great suit, making it pretty economical to make suits for your little ones 🙂

My Latest Swimsuit – Abernathy Swim Set (Lil Luxe Collection)
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summer

girls swimsuit patterns

Hi, it’s Tami here from SewSophieLynn and I have a confession. I am addicted to sewing swimsuits!

It seems like the options for girls swimwear patterns has exploded in the last few years. When I first started sewing swimsuits for my girls, the Cosi Swimsuit from SewPony was THE swimsuit pattern. It’s loaded with options and is a great place to start.

Peek-a-boo Pattern shop has also been around forever and is constantly adding more swimsuits to their pattern collection. This Marilyn Vintage suit is a unique style with boy short legs and a cute halter neckline. They also have a few long sleeve suit options that I adore.

Made for Mermaids is my go-to for swimsuits. Their Mermaid Shores collection has so many adorable options. The Calypso, Camila, and Lainey are some of my favorites but the new Reagan Rash guard is a great option for more coverage.

If you’re looking for options then the Mairin from Sew A Little Seam is the pattern for you. With multiple leg openings, one or two piece choices, a ton of strap and back options it’s the ultimate in a build-your-own swimsuit pattern.

Violette Fields Threads is another pattern company that is chock full of swimsuit choices for girls. They have a sweet vintage feel to them that makes them unique and irresistible. This is the Catalina pattern and I love the knot front and little leg ruffles!

Ellie and Mac’s newest swimsuit, the Cape Cod, is another pattern full of options. This has moved to the top of our list for next year. The keyhole neckline is so fun!

The Narwhal suit from Sofiona Designs is another pattern I’m dying to sew up. How cute is that front detail?!

The Azur Swimsuit from Titchy Threads is another fun retro suit and bonus- it’s reversible! Simple Life Pattern Co. has a great collection of swimwear including Elise’s One Shoulder suit that looks gorgeous with the ruffle. The Peach Beach Swim Set and Abernathy Swim Set from Little Luxe Collection are sophisticated takes on children’s swimwear and are beyond cute! The Into the Blue Suit from Striped Swallow Designs is so on-trend this season. Rad Patterns has a couple of darling suits and they go all the way down to newborn sizing. The suits from Little Lizard King have been popping up all over my feed and I’m adding the Sanibel to my list STAT!

Boo! Designs is known for their perfect fit and they have so many classic designs to choose from. Jalie is another company known for it’s impecable drafting. A plus when choosing a Jalie pattern is that one pattern includes sizes 2t- women’s 22 (Can you say mommy and me suits?!).

Well, I hope you aren’t overwhelmed with all these options! So.many.choices! Are you looking for something classic? A little more trendy? Love that vintage feel? There really is something out there for everyone and you might just find yourself sewing a new suit for every day of the week.

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