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Julie Morin

summer

boy swimsuit trends 2019

Hey guys! As part of the next two swimsuit weeks, we’re dedicating this week to boys, and today, we’re discussing trends! It’s hard to trend boy’s swimsuits. Styles seem to stay pretty consistent throughout several years for boys. Which is nice, since if you’re one of those that sew so that things last more then just one summer, that means that your makes will last a long time and still in style!

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Even with boys, there’s quite a few different styles you can opt to go with, be it shorter board shorts, a knee length short, a tighter brief or speedo look or even a one piece. There’s just a lot of options available and it all comes down to what style you’re looking to do. I’ve noticed a lot of blues this year in what’s being sold in store and it reflects in the trends pieces I found online as well. Like the above pictures though, it’s also nice to see little pops of more muted colours as well, be it with tone on tone blues like on the right, or a fun print of pastels with a quirky print like in the middle picture. I’m also digging seeing a bit of pink on blue like on the left and those mini stripes and purple! For those that are worried that it would be to feminine, the cooler tones still give it a boy vibe, and sometimes slight print can also add to that.

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One of the things that always seems to be popular with boys are shark prints! Sharks are a definite symbol of going to the beach, they’re on almost everything from floatie and waveboards to sunglasses and chairs, so why shouldn’t they be on swimsuits as well?!? And honestly, what boy doesn’t like sharks?? Again, you can find shark print on blues, but it’s also fun to see thing in other colours as well, a gray for example, even a non traditional, bolder colour would also make for a fun swimsuit!

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And finally stripes!!! You can never go wrong with a striped swimsuits. Every year, new colour combinations seem to pop up and bring these swimsuits to life. From ombre toned suits, to a bolder colour combination and even adding a prints in the mix like the black and white trunks on the right. You can use these as inspiration to create your own colour blocking or you can find a stripes print that suits your needs. This is probably one of the more versatile looks that you can find!

I hope this has helped to inspire you to sew some swim trunks! Check back tomorrow for some pattern inspiration to help bring your ideas to life. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for your chance at one of these amazing prize packs!

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summer

announcing swimsuit weeks

I’m not sure about where you guys are at, but the nice weather has finally decided to stay around here north of the border, which means that we’re also starting to enjoy more and more in the water! Every year, I have the same issue, I need to make more swimsuits.

I used to think sewing swimwear was for those expert seamstresses that seemed to know everything about sewing. But after sewing my first swimsuit a few years ago, I quickly learned that sewing swimsuits is just as easy as sewing with any other knit fabric. It’s a skill that, at times may seem tricky or finicky, but once you spend a little bit of time on it, you’ll turn out amazing results and you won’t want to go back to store bought swimsuits ever again!

So in the hopes to help all of you out there that aren’t sure how to tackle swimwear sewing, those that just want a helping or for those that are looking for a resource to fall back on when they’re in need of some info, we’ve devised a plan for you guys this summer! We’re hosting a two week series and sew along (starting today) to help you with all your basic swimwear needs. If you’re not ready to sew quite yet, that’s totally ok, you can always come back to this series as a resource guide for any future projects you may have.

We’ll be tackling both girls and boys swimsuits throughout the next two weeks, from fabrics to patterns to a step by step guide on sewing a pair of swim trunks and a swimsuit.

We’ve divided the next two weeks into trunks and swimsuits, this week we’ll be focusing on swimwear for the boys, talking about swimwear trends, patterns and also including where to purchase the ever elusive board short fabric!

We’re also hosting a giveaway!! Thanks to our generous sponsors, we’re be offering three amazing prizes, perfect for those that haven’t gotten their supplies yet for this summer’s swimwear making. Make sure to enter below for the giveaway and check back tomorrow to see what we’ll be talking about!

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summer

flowery lotte tunic

I recently found a new fabric pre-order group on facebook about a month ago. And I’ve fallen in love with the designs she’s been coming up with! I love a good quirky print just as much as I love a fun more traditional print that I can pair with anything, and Mimi’s Custom Fabrics includes both. Which works brilliantly for me!!

I sewed up her bity floral‘s print (this one is in a bamboo blend, but it’s being offered on cotton/lycra) this past week and couldn’t be happier with the print quality! It pairs well with a multitude of colours, including this eggplant double gauze that I used as a coordinating colour for this dress. I find it really makes the purple and pink flowers of the print pop!

We were a ‘wee’ bit moody when we were taking this pictures, so prepare yourself for a grouchy girl haha. For this piece, I sewed up the Lotte Dress by Misusu Patterns. I sewed up the tunic option, without the pockets, in a size 3/4.

I made (knowingly) a few mistakes on this pattern, primarily with the bias tape/binding. I didn’t have enough of the double gauze left to cut it on the bias, so I opted to just cut it and fake it, which as you can see around the neckline didn’t work out in my favour. The keyhole portion turned out ok, but the neckline wound up getting some puckering around the entire front neckline, and a little bit at the back… so this is your lesson, always cut on the bias!!!

This tunic has a super cute hi-lo feature to it, which I really loved from the get go! With the tunic length you could easily pair it with leggings, although we paired it here with some skinny jeans, and it would be super cute! I’m actually really looking forward to trying the top version for her back to school wardrobe.

Admittedly, I didn’t love the instruction for this pattern, I didn’t find them very clear when it came to defining which pieces you’re working with until the halfway point/when you get to the sleeves/armholes. I think the pattern could definitely benefit from some further instructions or more precise instructions there. But if you read through it and are experienced, this shouldn’t be a problem for you, and after all, this is marked as an intermediate skill level pattern.

For this version, I opted to sew up the size 3/4, which in hindsight I should have went with the 2/3 and added the length to it instead. It is meant to be a flowy pattern, but I find it’s a little wide on her tiny frame on her shoulders, the rest though is perfect. The one thing I did really love about this pattern was the sleeves, they’re doubled and you wind up with a really neatly finished armscye seam, which I totally appreciate!

I will definitely be sewing up another version of this pattern, and I will also definitely be adding a few more of these prints from Mimi’s to my wishlist! She’s got that banana print that we shared in our banana trend post at the beginning of last month.