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Mix ‘n Match Swimwear

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here’s what Annie had to start with:

Tankini Top Pattern: Modified Charming Tee by Lil Luxe Collection (Detailed pattern review & photos here.)

Tankini Top Fabric: Navy performancewear fabric from JoAnn Fabrics

Tankini Skirt Pattern: Cabana Swim Bottoms by PeekABoo Pattern Shop affiliate link  (Detailed pattern review & photos here.)

Tankini Skirt Fabric: White Fans on Navy Lycra Swimsuit Fabric from The Fabric Fairy

Swimsuit lining from The Fabric Fairy

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

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!

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Mix 'n Match swimwear sewn by Skirt Fixation

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.

Join in on the Summer Swimwear Tour fun by using the hashtag #sewswimtour to share your favorite swimwear makes.  And don’t forget to enter to win these fabulous prizes from our other sponsors!
Prizes include:
– 1 pattern The Classic Maillot pattern by Designs by Call Ajaire
– 1 pattern The Swim and Surf Shorts by Gracious Threads
– 1 pattern Just Keep Swimming by The Wolf and the Tree
– 1 pattern of choice (excludes bundles) by Pienkel
– 1 pattern of choice by AimerLae & Finn
– 1 pattern of choice by Rachel Rossi Design
– Free Jellyfish Swim Cap pattern via Sew by Pattern Pieces Group
– 1 pattern of choice by Dandelions n Dungarees
– 1 pattern of choice by E + M patterns
– 5 patterns of choice by George & Ginger
– $30 gift certificate by The Fabric Fairy
– 1 pattern of choice by Sunday Girl Designs
– 1 pattern of choice by 5 out of 4 Patterns
That’s 17 patterns + $30 in fabric!!
Enter the giveaway below:
During the tour Designs by Call Ajaire is offering 20% off all patterns in the Etsy shop using the code SWIMTOUR, Gracious Threads is offering 15% off the purchase of 3 or more patterns in her shop (no coupon needed), and The Wolf and the Tree is offering 15% off patterns in her shop using the code SWIMTOUR as well.  So take a few minutes to visit Call Ajaire, Gracious Threads, and The Wolf and the Tree and of course the rest of the lovely blogs we have on the tour:
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Cabana Swim Skirt {All The Skirts: PeekABoo Pattern Shop & The Fabric Fairy}

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

The first look from our Modern Chloris mini collection we’re going to review in detail is the tankini.  We started with PeekABoo Pattern Shop’s Cabana Swim Bottoms pattern.  This delightful little pattern has lots and lots and lots of options for making swim bottoms.  Of course you already guessed that we chose the skirted swim bottoms.  The other options are basic bottoms, mini ruffle bottoms, and a plain skirt.

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

This pattern comes in sizes 3 months to 12 years.  You can be sure that Annie will be getting Cabana swim bottoms every summer for many years to come!  (And she is delighted beyond comparison with that situation!)

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

As with all PeekABoo Pattern Shop patterns we’ve sewn, the instructions for the Cabana Swim Bottoms are complete and well illustrated.  In fact, this was the first time I’d sewn with swimwear!  But Amy, the author of PeekABoo Pattern Shop patterns made my work easy and rewarding.  I literally made no mistakes for which I was extremely grateful because I imagine taking out stitches on this fabric would be a pain!

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

One advantage of sewing your own swimwear is that you can make it fit.  Because of Annie’s tall and skinny frame, it’s been years since she’s had a swim suit fit properly.  She literally squealed when she slipped on the Cabana Swim Skirt and kept saying, “I love it, I love it, I’m never taking it off!”  I lifted the skirt to peek at the bottoms underneath, and sure enough; full coverage on her bum!  I think I’d say the same thing.

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

The instructions for the Cabana Swim Bottoms gave the option of finishing the hem with a lettuce edge, and I just adore the look!  Allegra said it’s not her favorite look, but the instructions include an option for regular hemming also.

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

The fabric for the Cabana Swim Skirt came from The Fabric Fairy.  It’s the White Fans on Navy Lycra Swimsuit Fabric from The Fabric Fairy.  The swimsuit lining is from The Fabric Fairy also.  As just an aside here, The Fabric Fairy has so very many beautiful swimwear fabrics that I had difficulty deciding which one to use for the Cabana Swim Bottoms pattern.  In fact, to tell on myself, I ordered a different one, and changed my mind and ordered another one!  And there’s still at least one more that I have my eye on for a swim suit for myself in the very near future.  But I digress!  I wanted to tell you a little about how nice the swimwear fabric from The Fabric Fairy was to work with.  It is thicker than the “activewear” fabric (from Joann Fabrics) used for the tankini top and somehow, not as slippery!

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

Here is a view of the back of the tankini.  You can see that because the pattern is a circle skirt, the fans become oriented sideways on the back of the skirt.  Just something for you to keep in mind when choosing fabric.

Cabana Swim Skirt and Tankini Top sewn by Skirt Fixation

For the tankini top, we started with the Charming Tee and Dress pattern from Lil Luxe Collection.  In order for it to work as swim wear I made a few changes.  I left off the collar, waistband and armhole binding.  I tried using fold over elastic, but didn’t like the look so ripped it off.  Next I tried encasing elastic under the seams, but that made the armholes too tight.  So in the end, by simply folding over the edges and using a zig zag stitch, I was able to make this into a tankini top.

Now it’s time for you to sew along with us.  Use the Rafflecopter below to enter to win $25 from PeekABoo Pattern Shop and $30 from The Fabric Fairy.

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All links to Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop in this post are affiliate links which means we will get paid a small sum of money if you purchase a Peek-A-Boo Pattern Shop pattern through one of our links.  We do this because we LOVE these patterns and support their products 100%!

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Modern Chloris {Sew ‘n Style Lil Luxe Mini Collection}

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Modern ChlorisModern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Once upon a time there was a young girl who loved flowers, lace, pretty hairstyles, and everything dainty. She had never heard of the ancient Greek nymph Chloris, who was associated with spring, flowers, and new growth, but if she had, she would have had an instant bond with her. Ovid wrote of Chloris that: “As she talks, her lips breathe spring roses…” How utterly poetic! Today we bring you a modern Chloris, who shops at the flower market for blooms to make into a crown for the evening theater, and who enjoys relaxing by a pond in the countryside.

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

This theme was inspired by the classic look of the styles used in this collection, and the Greek-inspired Skopelos fabric that is woven throughout each style. The theme also takes from the floral fabric that is a major part of each piece, and the accessories used to complete the looks.

Look 1: Flower Market

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Our little modern Chloris begins the day by dressing for shopping at the flower market in the morning.  She dons her Charming Tee for it’s comfort and peekaboo style in the back.  Next comes her Slim Trousers, with hand sewn lace accents, for full coverage in any situation.  She tops it all off with a Skipalong Skort for it’s modern lines and comfortable yet stylish fit.  In her hand she carries her mini Senna Tote.  It’s just the right size to hold all her pint sized needs.  And of course it’s very cohesive with her modern floral look.

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Top Pattern: Charming Tee by Lil Luxe Collection  (See our detailed review and more photos here.)

Top Fabric: Deep Dark Ocean solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Fish Scholeio Intense from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Skirt Pattern: Skip Along Skort by PeekABoo Pattern Shop  (See our detailed review and more photos here.)

Skirt Fabric: Paparounes Crimson knit fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics

Deep Dark Ocean solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Strawberry Kiss solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Leggings Pattern: Slim Trouser by Lil Luxe Collection  (See our detailed review and more photos here.)

Leggings Fabric: Peachy Custard solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Thrifted lace accents

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Bag Pattern: The Senna Tote by LBG Studio  (See our full review, tutorial and more photos here.)

Bag Fabric: Kladi Underlight from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Rose Pink Vegan Leather from Girl Charlee

Shot Cotton from fabric stash

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Look 2: Aquatic Countryside

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Having returned home, our Modern Chloris quickly constructs her floral crown for the evening.  With hours to spare, she settles on a jaunt into the countryside.  Slipping into her tankini, she layers up in her Rouche Division Top and Paneled Sunsuit maxi skirt.  They make the perfect flowy combination for her afternoon journey, echoing the swim she will indulge in at her destination.

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Top Pattern: Rouche Division Top by Lil Luxe Collection  (See our full review and more photos here.)

Top Fabric: Strawberry Kiss solid knit from Art Gallery Fabrics

Melograno Pomeberry from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Thrifted lace accents

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Skirt Pattern: Maxi Skirt from the Paneled Sunsuit pattern by Call Ajaire  (See our full review and more photos here.)

Skirt Fabric: Kladi Under Shadow Voile from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Tankini Top Pattern: Modified Charming Tee by Lil Luxe Collection

Tankini Top Fabric: Navy performancewear fabric from JoAnn Fabrics

Tankini Skirt Pattern: Cabana Swim Bottoms by PeekABoo Pattern Shop  (See our detailed pattern review & photos here.)

Tankini Skirt Fabric: White Fans on Navy Lycra Swimsuit Fabric from The Fabric Fairy

Swimsuit lining from The Fabric Fairy

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Look 3: Evening Theater

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Refreshed from her afternoon activities, our Modern Chloris dresses for her evening engagement.  The Fairy Tale Dress is the proper garment for a reenactment of some Greek Mythology tales.  The flower crown she constructed earlier assures her role as the Modern Chloris!  She grabs her canvas jacket (a modified Modern Belle Dress) for when the sun goes down.  But the sun will never set on our Modern Chloris, for she will always be clothed in flowers!

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Dress Pattern: Fairy Tale Dress by Oliver+S  (See our full review and more photos here.)

Dress Fabric: Nisi Flora Oceanon from the Skopelos line by Art Gallery Fabrics

Dress Lining/accents fabric: shot cotton from fabric stash

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Jacket Pattern: Modified Modern Belle Dress by Lil Luxe Collection  (Find our tutorial to make your own here.)

Jacket Fabric: Panache Canvas by Art Gallery Fabrics

Jacket Lining Fabric: Navy sateen from JoAnn Fabrics

Modern Chloris sewn by Skirt Fixation

Over the course of the next few weeks we will review each of these items in today’s post individually.  We will also be showing you how the whole collection can be interchangeable.  We hope you enjoyed this walk through a day in the life of Modern Chloris.  All Art Gallery Fabrics in this post were generously sponsored by Art Gallery Fabrics.  Read more about the Lil Luxe Collection Sew ’n Style Series and visit the contest page with Link up where there are contest prizes totaling over $350 from gracious sponsors.

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