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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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sewing for easter: dresses for girls and tweens


One of my favorite things to sew my girls is dresses. Their tall thin frames make finding RTW dresses that are the right length almost impossible to find. Dresses can be a quick sew or a slow thoughtful process. Either way, the result is always so worth it.


With Easter just around the corner, I’m here to share some of my favorite tried-and-true patterns and designers.

The Manhattan Dress from New Horizons Designs is a fast sew with stunning results. It’s a boatneck, fitted bodice with multiple sleeves and skirt lengths. It’s made for knits which makes it as comfy as it is pretty. This one comes in a HUGE range of sizes, 6-12 months all the way to size 16 (with a ladies version as well!).


Another knit favorite is the Aria Dress from Simple Life Pattern Co. The bow back detail really makes this pattern a show stopper! You can add the back panel for warmth and modesty or leave it off for summer. It’s such a great pattern for mixing fabrics too. This pattern goes up to a size 12 making it great for tweens too.


The Groove Dress from MadeIt Patterns is a great staple pattern. The wide swing style is so fun and you just can’t help but twirl in it. The kid’s version goes up to size 10 but you’ll also receive the Tween pattern with purchase so you’ll be set for awhile! This pattern would be perfect for casual Easter parties and works great in all those drapey double brushed poly and rayon spandex prints.


My last go-to knit dress I can’t live without is the Joy Dress and Peplum from Made for Mermaids. This pattern looks fantastic with more structured knits like ponte, liverpool, and scuba. Those big deep pleats are to die for! This is another pattern that comes together in a flash but leaves a big impact. It’s available up to a size 14 (and also in women’s) which means my girls will be getting them for years to come.

Whenever I have a woven fabric I want to really highlight, my brain goes right to the Violette Fields Threads Pixie Dress and Top. I love it for mixing prints and also playing with fabric direction and trims. As far as woven patterns go, this one is one of the simplest to sew up. With no closures to worry about, I can sew it up in an afternoon. The Pixie dress is available in both children and tween sizing so I know we’ll be covered for awhile. Violette Fields has an extensive tween pattern collection that I find myself turning to again and again.

Coffee and Thread Patterns are some of my most used patterns. The Polina Dress has just enough frouf for my girls but is still classic enough for me. Coffee and Thread Patterns go up to a size 12 and I’ll be sad when my girls outgrow them. They are a little more sophisticated and the tutorials and fit can’t be beat.

The Larkspur Dress from Hey June Handmade is my workhorse pattern. I’m a sucker for the whole Hey Juniors line- a collection of wardrobe staples in sizes 6-16 that can be such a great base for classic pieces or pattern hacking. The Larkspur is a classic shift dress silhouette that totally changes depending on the fabric. A beautiful satin version was perfect for my little ladies special day. A simple blue linen variation has me coveting her dress collection and it also makes a great base for those cute quilting cottons you fall in love with.

Are you sewing Easter dresses for your girls? What are your go-to patterns? Do you go extra fancy or keep it comfy? My girls will have a closet full to pick from this Easter!

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