Today is my stop on the Summer Swimwear blog tour. Recently, Call Ajaire, Gracious Threads, and The Wolf and the Tree all released swimwear patterns. Follow along on the blog tour to see what everyone made, and also enter below to win some prizes.
I signed up for the Summer Swimwear blog tour because I am a beginner at sewing swimwear and wanted to be challenged to improve. One time I had sewn swimwear before was last summer when I made Annie a swimsuit for our Modern Chloris mini wardrobe. Since that suit is still fitting her pretty well, I wanted to create mix n’ match swimwear, so she can choose which ones to wear and still match.
Here’s what Annie had to start with:
Tankini Top Fabric: Navy performancewear fabric from JoAnn Fabrics
Tankini Skirt Fabric: White Fans on Navy Lycra Swimsuit Fabric from The Fabric Fairy
Swimsuit lining from The Fabric Fairy
I started adding pieces by sewing a Just Keep Swimming rash guard from ultra thin white swimwear fabric from my stash. Annie is very fair and burns easily, so the idea is to cover up as much skin as possible while still allowing her to enjoy the water. I used this fabric intending that whatever top is underneath could still show through.
It would also be fun to make a rash guard from this mesh fabric from Imagine Gnats. The Just Keep Swimming rash guard was very easy to make. The patterns are complete, easy to follow and illustrated with both photographs and illustrations. Making this rash guard was just like making a t-shirt but with swimwear fabric.
Next I sewed a pair of medium shorts with a yoga waistband from the Just Keep Swimming pattern. Once again, this was a very easy sew. I used fabric from Hancock Fabric’s going out of business sale. I wish I’d gotten a whole bunch more because it’s very thick and not transparent.
Feeling confident with my beginner swimwear sewing abilities, I decided to tackle a tankini top from the Classic Malliot pattern by Call Ajaire. I ended up with something Annie can wear, (and likes) but had tough go of it!
I think before I tackle another swimsuit from this pattern, I’m going to up my swimwear sewing abilities. I wouldn’t recommend this pattern for other beginners to sewing swimwear…it’s probably not the pattern, just my lack of sophistication at sewing with swimwear fabrics.
I used more fabric from the Hancock Fabrics sale with fabric for the back ties leftover from sewing the skirt last year. I sewed view G in a size 7 width with size 12 length as I did for all the swimwear mix ’n match pieces I sewed.
In the end, I guess that it doesn’t matter that I missed catching the lining in a few spots, (maybe, probably) attached the straps wrong, and didn’t stretch the fabric evenly while topstitching. All that really matters is that Annie has a new swimsuit that actually fits her which she loves.
That’s 17 patterns + $30 in fabric!!