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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summer

girl swimsuit trends 2019

Hey! I’m Karly and today I’m here to talk about girls swimsuit trends! Girls really have so many fun options, only your imagination is the limit! Now that I live in the desert and it’s quite a bit hotter than where we were before, my girls have been pretty much living in their swimsuits, so I’ve made quite a few more this year than I ever have.

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There are so many fun options to choose from when making a girls swimsuit. Keyholes, flounces, colorblocking, ruffles, cutouts, etc. One trend I’ve seen growing in popularity is multiple back straps and it gives swimsuits a really fun detail.

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Custom fabric companies are becoming more and more popular which gives so many more options for fabric prints too! One really popular combo has been florals with solids. Mermaid scales have been another really popular trend and I’m starting to see a lot of animal prints popping up too! Stripes I think are a classic that will never go out of style, which makes me happy too!

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Another trend I’ve seen a lot this year is girls high-waisted two pieced suits. This is a great option when you want more coverage but with all the benefits of a two piece. Long sleeved cropped tops paired with high waists is another option I’ve seen but haven’t yet made up. I can definitely see why it’s popping up more though!

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Lastly, long sleeved options and rash guards have been growing in popularity. These work great when you have a kid that sunburns easily and are in the sun a good chunk of time, like my Zoe. This is actually the first year I’ve made her a couple suits that aren’t long sleeved and well….we learned really quickly that that’s not really an option that works well for her, at least my Paisley will still be able to grow into them!
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where to find fabric for boardshorts and swim trunks

Hello, I’m Roxanne (aka. Rox) and I’m here to talk about fabric. Summer is has arrived in the northern hemisphere! I live in a location with seasons, so swimming always become a big deal around my house this time of the year. Boardshorts and the closely related swim shorts have become a swimwear must have for kids who prefer the looser more comfortable fit.

Plus some designs even include pockets! Yeah!

Fabrics pictured starting at top left: Mabel Madison - King Shark, Club Tissus - Skeleton, The Fabric Fairy - Florescent Palms, Funkifabrics - RUB547 Toucan, The Fabric Fairy - Modern Eye, Funkifabrics - RUB1271 Lion Fest

Fabrics pictured starting at top left: Mabel Madison – King Shark, Club Tissus – Skeleton, The Fabric Fairy – Florescent Palms, Funkifabrics – RUB547 Toucan, The Fabric Fairy – Modern Eye, Funkifabrics – RUB1271 Lion Fest

I’m going to bet that many of you are a lot like me and find the idea of making boardshorts for your kiddos a bit intimidating. Where does this magical heavyweight fabric that does not get all waterlogged and saggy come from? Don’t worry, I’ve done the legwork and present you with resources on where you can buy your own fabric.

The ideal fabric is often polyester based with not much spandex if any, but ripstop nylon would also work. Many modern fabrics also have an extra resistant waterproof coating and UV protection.

Fabric pictured: Mabel Madison - Underwater World

Fabric pictured: Mabel Madison – Underwater World

Sources for boardshort and swim trunk fabrics:

Just to note: I am located in the United States and I buy 90% of my fabric from shops in the US. I selected the US sources based on shops that I have had positive experiences buying from in the past and having a nice selection of suitable fabrics. No affiliation of any sort . The non-US fabric sources I’m listing I have no first hand experience with.

Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop
https://www.peekaboopatternshop.com/swim/

Raspberry Creek Fabrics
https://raspberrycreekfabrics.com/collections/swim-and-boardshort

Mabel Madison
https://www.mabelmadison.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=BOARDSHORT

The Fabric Fairy
https://www.thefabricfairy.com/collections/boardshort-prints

Fabric pictured: Fashion Fabrics Club - Pure White Athletic Mesh

Fabric pictured: Fashion Fabrics Club – Pure White Athletic Mesh

Boardshorts traditionally do not have any sort of lining and that works great if you plan on the shorts going over a more fitted swimsuit or something like a diaper. Swim trunks are often are lined with a white athletic mesh, though regular swimsuit lining also works.

Sources for athletic mesh/lining:

Fashion Fabrics Club (FYI: Shipping can be a bit on the slow side)
https://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/p262462_76635

Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop
https://www.peekaboopatternshop.com/swim-shop-white-swimsuit-lining-1/

Non-US sources for boardshort and swim trunk fabrics/lining:

Canada
Peak Fabrics
https://www.peakfabrics.com/fabric/wicking-fabrics/sun-protection-fabric
Club Tissus
https://www.clubtissus.com/en/swimwear/beach-shorts-polyester/swimsuit_polyester

United Kingdom
Active Fabrics
https://www.activefabrics.co.uk/mila-uv-protective-fabric.html
Funkifabrics
https://funkifabrics.com/printed-fabrics/view-all.html?print_base=159

Fabrics pictured starting left: The Fabric Fairy - Parrots, Peek-a-Boo Fabric Shop - Swim Shop Skulls, Raspberry Creek Fabrics - Teal Light Blue Fuchsia Pink Orange and Yellow Surf Stripe

Fabrics pictured starting left: The Fabric Fairy – Parrots, Peek-a-Boo Fabric Shop – Swim Shop Skulls, Raspberry Creek Fabrics – Teal Light Blue Fuchsia Pink Orange and Yellow Surf Stripe

If you wish to venture into wild and source your own fabric to make the perfect shorts the following keywords might be of help:

  • polyester microfiber
  • sun protectant fabric
  • swimsuit polyester
  • boardshort fabric
  • athletic mesh
  • swimwear lining

Do you plan on sewing any swimwear in the future? Do you have any favorite shops with a wide selection of swim friendly fabrics? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

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