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Bubbles and Stripes – A Grace Tankini

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns sewed by Skirt Fixation

Today I get to share all the details about my newest Grace Tankini.  You can get the Grace Tankini pattern here.

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns sewed by Skirt Fixation

The reason this Grace Tankini came into being is the amazing new swim fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  You can see all of them here if you’re in a hurry, or check them out at the end of the post too.  They are amazing, beautiful, great quality fabrics at an extremely reasonable price.

For the main fabric, I used the bubble dot matte swim knit fabric.  As a designer of swimwear, let me assure you that I have a lot of experience with swim fabrics.  Good and bad.  And the stuff Raspberry Creek Fabrics is producing is some of the best I’ve ever worked with.  If you’ve been afraid to try sewing swimwear, this fabric will calm your nerves.  And of course, use a pattern with instructions for beginners (like the Grace Tankini) and you can and will do it!

The accent panels on the side of the tankini top, the pockets of the swim skirt, and the hidden panty underneath all use the light lime green and white stripe fabric.  Of course they coordinate perfectly, they are designed and printed by the best!

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns sewed by Skirt Fixation

For this Grace Tankini, I made the View B top and plain sport skirt.  I also made it high waisted, not by using the pattern pieces (I forgot!) but by doubling the width of the waistband.  It works too!

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns sewed by Skirt Fixation

Now I promised I’d show you a couple more of my favorite swim fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

Grace Tankini Inspiration by Skirt Fixation

I’m pretty sure this combination is the next one I’m going to sew!  Abstract Palm swim fabric with Plum solid swim fabric for the accents.

Grace Tankini Inspiration by Skirt Fixation

Ruched top and swim skirt in Coral and Navy palm trees swim fabric with navy solid swim fabric for the accents.

 

Grace Tankini Inspiration by Skirt FixationOkay fine, so I have a thing for palms and swim wear!  This is the View A Grace Tankini top and circle skirt with teal, navy and white palm leaves swim fabric.

In summary, get your Grace Tankini pattern here, and get the most amazing swim fabrics from Raspberry Creek Fabrics here.  There are 83 (eighty three!!!) different swim and board short fabrics.

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A new Grace Tankini and Me Made May Week 2

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns sewn by Skirt Fixation for Savvy Patterns

Here’s the week 2 round up of what I’ve been wearing for Me Made May.  You can follow us daily on Instagram here.

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Seafarer shirt by Sew Much Ado in Soulful knit fabric by Art Gallery Fabrics reviewed here.

Jocole A-line maxi skirt reviewed here.

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Sandbridge Skirt by Hey June Patterns in Floral Denim from Fabric.com reviewed here.

Peplum top by Jocole Patterns in Art Gallery Fabrics deep ocean knit reviewed here.

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Fancy Sailor top in Millie Fleur line drawings bluing fabric reviewed here.

Knit maxi skirt from Jocole patterns in cocoa knit fabric reviewed here.

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Seafarer top by Sew Much Ado in Fleet and Flourish knit fabric reviewed here.

Syrah skirt in ombre knit fabric from JoAnn Fabrics reviewed here.

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Santa Fe top by Hey June Patterns in double brushed poly from Girl Charlee reviewed here.

Denim maxi skirt from Style J.  If you don’t want to sew your own denim skirts, we can definitely recommend these!

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Grace Tankini from Savvy Patterns.  This is the thing I sewed for the week, and I’ll tell you ALLLLLL about it and the amazing fabric from Raspberry Creek Fabrics in then next post.  Believe me, this one needs it’s own post!

Cheyenne Tunic by Hey June Patterns in Fleet & Flourish voile fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics reviewed here.

Knit maxi skirt from Jocole patterns in cocoa knit fabric reviewed here.

So that’s it for week 2!  Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Affiliate links are used in this post.  Thank you for supporting our sewing business!  If you click on one of our links, we might make a few pennies at no extra cost to you.  But we only link to patterns, fabric and products we use and love, so happy shopping!

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Fancy Sweatshirt & Woven Runway Skirt

Lace overlay Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

Have you seen the fancy sweatshirt trend?  Or maybe you’ve heard it called the dressed up sweatshirt?  Well, I’m official on that train.  Today I’m over at CaliFabrics sharing all about the fabrics used in this post, and why I’m loving the fancy sweatshirt trend.

Lace overlay Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

The pattern I used to make my fancy sweatshirt is the Lane Raglan by Hey June Patterns, of course! (affiliate link- thank you for supporting our sewing)  It perfectly echos and accentuates the flocked scrollwork designs of the lace overlay.

Lace overlay Lane Raglan sewn by Skirt Fixation

This post check off 2 of the items I wanted to sew for myself in 2018!  One is a Runway Skirt by Savvy Patterns using a woven (instead of knit) fabric.  It’s just as elegant and ooh-la-la as I was hoping it would be!  The other is the Lane Raglan.

Now here’s the happy ending to this story.  Or at least I’m trying to be happy about it!  I made this sweatshirt for my little sister and actually managed to ship it to her.  She has been really busy lately and hasn’t had time to sew for herself, plus I’ve already sewn myself a couple of sweatshirts this winter.

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Chocolate & Free Beanie Reminder

Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie pattern.

Did you catch our post over at Cali Fabrics where we’re talking about the softest chocolate colored french terry fabric?

I sewed myself a Tallinn Sweater (affiliate link of course, it’s a Hey June Pattern, and awesome as usual!!!) from this amazing fabric, and it’s perfect for feeding the baby too!  Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie

Also, I share a little bit about the evolution of the design of the Reversible Beanie pattern.  And this is your last reminder here on the blog that it’s FREE until 1/1/2018.  After that, we’ll gladly accept your $3 for it!

And now we’re taking a small break until 2018 to spend some time with our family!  See you next year…we can’t wait to share some of the fun stuff we have planned!!!

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Reversible Beanie Pattern Release ~ Free until 2018!

Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie

I’m so excited to share with you my newest pattern for Savvy Patterns!  It’s the Reversible Beanie, and just perfect as a scrap buster plus it sews up in no time at all!  It can be made in 7 sizes from newborn to adult.  The pattern has layers (which means you can print only the sizes you want) and has been fully tested by my wonderful pattern testers.  And here’s the best part…you can grab it for FREE from now until January 1, 2018!

Here are some pictures:

Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie

Annie is wearing the junior size small.  We gave you a sneak peek of this hat in yesterday’s post.  If you want a very slouchy beanie, be sure to use fabrics with good drape.


Reversible beanie pattern by Savvy Patterns

Baby is modeling the child’s size small.  You can see the 4 ways it can be worn; tight as a skullcap style on either side with a contrast band, or as a slouchy beanie on either side.  1 hat 4 looks!

Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie pattern.

I am wearing the adult small.  Please note that the funny bump in the back is my bun, not faulty hat construction!

Savvy Patterns Reversible Beanie

Thomas is modeling the junior size large.  He refuses to wear it beanie style, but it could also be worn that way! 😉

So what are you waiting for, grab your Reversible Beanie from Savvy Patterns today!  {Price changes from $3 to $0 when you add it to your cart!}

 

 

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My Grace Tankini Swimsuits

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns

I realized I never showed some of the Grace Tankinis that I made while the pattern was in testing and production.  All of the muslins (practice and test) suits that I made were from a pastel purple check fabric.  A friend had given me about 9 yards of it, and it worked perfectly for checking the fit and assembly steps.  But then I wanted some suits I could wear!

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns

This 1st example of the Grace Tankini is view B top and ruched sport skirt.  The solid navy fabric is from JoAnn Fabrics and was labeled swimwear/athleticwear.  It wasn’t as nice and thick to work with as later fabrics suits.  The skirt is the view B skirt, and the inset ruched panel fabric is from The Fabric Fairy.  I left off the pockets in this skirt.

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns

The next example is the view A top and circle skirt bottom.  This swimwear fabric came from Imagine Gnats and is of medium thickness and easy to work with.  The skirt is a full circle, and so fun to wear and has nice coverage.

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns

Third, I sewed a view B top and high waisted, ruched skirt bottom.  These fabrics came from CaliFabrics, and were the thickest and nicest to work with.  You could make an unlined tankini with this thick fabric.  You might notice the high waisted version on this sport skirt has a wider waistband, which was an early version of the high waisted bottoms.

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns

And finally, I sewed a view A top and plain sport skirt with pockets.  The star fabric for the top is from CaliFabrics, and the striped fabric for the skirt is from Hancock Fabrics closeout sale.  They were both nice, thick, good quality fabrics to work with.

Grace Tankini by Savvy Patterns

You might think 4 swimsuits is too many, but considering Aria and I share most clothes, I suspect she’ll be wearing these also.  All these photos were taken at my sister-in-law’s pool…isn’t is beautiful?

Grab your copy of the Grace Tankini here.

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View B Ruched Tankini Sew Along

Ruched tankini sew along

Today we’re going to sew the ruched tankini front panel on View B of the Grace Tankini.  This is the part that gets the most questions, so we thought a photo tutorial would be helpful.  It’s worth it to make the ruched panel on View B…it’s many people’s favorite part about this view!

Ruched tankini sew along

Step 1:

Cut out the front panel.  As suggested in the Grace Tankini pattern, do not cut it out on the fold, but open up your fabric, cut 1/2 of the piece, flip the pattern piece over and cut the other half.

Ruched tankini sew along

Step 2:

After sewing the gathering stitches on the sides of the ruched front panel, gather it.  It is helpful to lay out your side piece to see how far to gather the front panel.  Start the gathers at the dot, below the notch where the top of the side panel goes.

As stated in the pattern, you can concentrate the ruching wherever you want to!  More ruching=minimization of that area.  Try to keep the gathers even from side to side so they don’t slant diagonally across your body.  End the gathers 1/5” above the bottom of the front panel so it doesn’t sag down across the bottom.  (Apologies for the blurriness of this photo.  It’s the only one I ended up with!)

You can see how I’ve pinned down my side piece to keep it from moving as I gathered the front panel.  When you are finished gathering, the bottom of the front and side will line up.  The top of the side piece will be at the notch of the front panel.

Ruched tankini sew along

Step 3:

Once the front panel is the same length as the side panel (from the notch to the hem,) pin them right sides together.  Gently curve the shape of the front panel and the side piece to match up.

Ruched tankini sew along

Step 4:

Sew the front panel and side piece together.  We’ve found it more helpful to have the ruched front panel down against the feed dogs to help pull the gathers along evenly.

There you have it!  Continue with the instructions to make the rest of the Grace Tankini.

Ruched tankini sew along

Grab your copy of the Grace Tankini here.

Fabric used in this tutorial is from CaliFabrics.

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Sewing the Circle Cut Out in the Grace Tankini

How to sew the circle cut out in the back of your Grace Tankini pattern.

We’ve got a tutorial for you about sewing a circle cut out in the back of the Grace Tankini for View A.  This part is not hard at all and adds such fun to the back!

How to sew the circle cut out in the back of your Grace Tankini pattern.

You could actually use the back pattern piece to add a circle cut out to the back of View B also.  Or use a CD and place it in the center back (between the shoulder blades) of your favorite swimsuit pattern, and use this tutorial to add a circle cut out to the back of your swimsuit!  Once you have cut out the pattern pieces of both your main fabric and your lining or shelf bra, follow this photo tutorial.

How to sew the circle cut out in the back of your Grace Tankini pattern.

Step 1:

Line up the two circles and pin.  The right side of your main fabric will be facing up, and the wrong side of your shelf bra or lining will be facing up.  In other words, right sides together!

How to sew the circle cut out in the back of your Grace Tankini pattern.

Step 2:

Carefully sew around the edges of the circle, using a 1/2” seam allowance.  Stop and adjust the fabric as needed.  It’s easiest if you put your needle down in the fabric and adjust the layers.  Alternately, you can baste, check it, and then sew.  If your fabric is thin and doesn’t have good stability, you might try marking the circle onto the back of the fabric and sewing this step before cutting out the fabric from in the middle.  This will ensure your circle doesn’t end up stretched out of shape.

How to sew the circle cut out in the back of your Grace Tankini pattern.

Step 3:

Snip around the circle, up to but NOT through your line of stitches you just sewed.  This will allow the circle to lay flat.  I’ve found using just the tip of a sharp scissors to be the key here.

How to sew the circle cut out in the back of your Grace Tankini pattern.

Here’s a close up so you can tell how close to go to the stitched circle.

How to sew the circle cut out in the back of your Grace Tankini pattern.

Step 4:

Pull your lining or shelf bra through the hole so it is now on the wrong side of the swimsuit back where it belongs.  Carefully press around the circle to get it to lay flat.

How to sew the circle cut out in the back of your Grace Tankini pattern.

Step 5:

Sew around the circle again with a 1/4” – 3/8” seam allowance.  As you sew, you want to gently roll the lining/shelf bra to the underside so it doesn’t show on the right side when you are finished.

How to sew the circle cut out in the back of your Grace Tankini pattern.

And there you have it!  In the above photo you can see the inside and outside of the circle cut out.  Your circle cut out in the back of a swimsuit is completely finished!  Bring on the sun…

How to sew the circle cut out in the back of your Grace Tankini pattern.

 

Grab your copy of the Grace Tankini here.

Fabric used in this tutorial is from CaliFabrics.

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Modifying the Grace Tankini for Removable Bra Cups

Removable bra cups tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Today we’ve got a special tutorial for you on how to modify the Grace Tankini pattern to allow for removable bra cups.  This is useful for breast cancer survivors who may have mastectomy prosthesis to insert into different bras or swimwear, or to allow for any other inserts.

Grab your copy of the Grace Tankini here.

Let’s get started:

Removable Bra Cups Tutorial

Removable bra cups tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Cut out 2 shelf bra fronts from lining fabric.  They are pictured above at the top right.

Removable bra cups tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Cut the straps off of one of them.  You will do this below the center of the armhole, and across to the neckline, leaving a portion of the neckline intact so you can catch it in the elastic later.

Removable bra cups tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Serge/finish top slanted edges you just cut so they hold up better when inserting and removing bra cups.

Removable bra cups tutorial from Skirt Fixation

 

Sew together the two shelf bra front pieces with a straight stitch down the center, from the neckline center to the bottom center.  See the dotted line in the photo above.  This is to help keep the bra cups in place so they don’t migrate around during wear.

Removable bra cups tutorial from Skirt Fixation

Treat the 2 front layers as 1 as you are sewing the suit following the instructions.

Removable bra cups tutorial from Skirt Fixation

When you assemble the shelf bra into the Grace Tankini, you want the side with the cut off shoulder straps touching your body.  There will be an opening where you cut off the shoulder straps to insert bra cups or mastectomy prosthesis.

Removable bra cups tutorial from Skirt Fixation

From the outside, the suit looks exactly the same!  Above you might notice the other modification made to the Grace Tankini by making it into a cropped two-piece suit!

Two Piece Grace TankiniNow she can transfer her removable bra cups from suit to suit!

This tutorial can be used with any swimsuit pattern that has a shelf bra.  Of course we recommend the Grace Tankini!

Special thanks to tester Tee Bee for photographing this tutorial.

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Grace Tankini Tester Hacks!

Grace Tankini hack with ruffle on bottom

Grab your copy of the Grace Tankini during the sale at Savvy Patterns.

Some of the fabulous testers of the Grace Tankini went on to sew additional suits and make some really genius hacks to the pattern.  Today I’m sharing some of them with you for inspiration.

Grace Tankini with skirted top hack

Rebecca changed the top of her Grace Tankini to have a skirted top!  It looks so comfortable.  To make this change, you could cut the pattern off below the bust and add a gathered rectangle of fabric to the bottom of it.


Grace Tankini hack with ruffle on bottom

Melissa omitted the side splits on the sport skirt and added a ruffle.  And just like that, everyone else needed a ruffle on their skirt too!

Grace Tankini Bikini

Tee Bee made so many versions of the Grace Tankini!  She was definitely the tireless tester!  But now she has an amazing selection of mix and match swimwear!  Her hack was making the Grace Tankini into a bikini by using the shelf bra only and some high waisted panties.  She also helped test a tutorial for removable bra cups which is coming next week.


Reversible Grace Tankini
Synthia made the top of her Grace Tankini reversible by making the shelf bra removable and using fold over elastic on the arm and neck holes.  It’s so pretty, and she’s got two looks in one suit!

Grace Tankini with removable skirtRemember Tiffany’s beautiful Grace Tankini from the original testers post?  Well, the secret is that the circle skirt is removable!  This makes it into a kind of cover up, and gives her a sort of 2 in 1 suit!  Several of the testers did this also.

Mesh back of Grace Tankini

Katrina used power mesh only for the back of her view A top, and ended up with a sassy, see-through suit!  You can also see a little strip of mesh on the side of her panty.  She got all sorts of creative!  Plus she’s my grammar and spelling police, so I kind of love her!

Other amazing things testers did with the Grace Tankini pattern:

Shortened the sport skirt by 3 inches to just cover the panty.

Added flat seam piping to the side seams.

Used the panty pattern pieces to make themselves underwear, or knickers if you’re in the UK.

Added side accent strips to the sides of the View A top.

It’s pretty amazing all the things you can do with the Grace Tankini pattern!  What are you waiting for?

Grab your pattern today during the release week sale at Savvy Patterns.