Raspberry Creek Fabrics-SWIM!

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Sewing swim is one of my favorite things. I’ve said that a few (thousand) times, but if you’re new here, you didn’t know that 🙂 Here’s why:

  1. It doesn’t take much fabric. I can still get a couple of suits for my girls out of 1 yard, and probably have some left over, and my girls are towards the top of the size range for kids patterns.
  2. There’s not much ironing involved. I love a good woven project, where I’m ironing more than I’m sewing, it is very satisfying, but it’s nice to just sit at the machine, and by the time you stand up, you have a finished project!
  3. One of the big reasons I sew is so my kids can have clothes that fit well, and swim wear really shows if it doesn’t fit. Any suits from the store are a BAD fit for my kids, who I’m grading 4 different sizes for, based on their chest, waist, hip, and trunk length!
  4. SWIMSUITS ARE CUTE! I mean, there’s so much inspiration out there, and I want to re-create them all!

Ok. That’s probably a good short list.

Raspberry Creek Fabrics puts out a new line of swim prints every year, along with coordinating colors of dots, stripes, gingham, and solids. They also print on board short fabric, and that’s certainly not as easy to find! They’re hosting this blog tour, and sent me 2 yards of fabric to sew up! I also got to choose from several pattern companies sponsoring the tour, and I’ll share about both of the ones I chose in a bit.

RCF swim is a good quality, thick fabric. It doesn’t roll when you’re working with it, and it wears well. Our suits from last summer are still going strong! There are several different mini collections of designs, but the colors coordinate throughout all, so if you want to mix it up, you can!

This was my first time working with board short fabric. I just jumped in, and found it pretty simple to work with. I chose the prints I loved, and got half a yard of each. My boys initially each chose the prints they’re wearing, but then my youngest decided he’d rather have the stripes, so I already ordered more of the stripes fabric, so he can match his brother this summer!


Confession: I own a lot of BOO! patterns, but I haven’t sewn any yet… oops! I knew if I signed up to sew one for this blog tour, it would make me get it done, and I am in love with the result! I knew I would be happy, because you can’t turn any direction in the pdf pattern world, without hearing how amazing BOO! swim patterns are, and now I can officially say, it’s all true! These are the Embrace Togs. I love the design of the back, and the fit is perfect. This was a pretty simple sew, also. I used the watercolor palm leaf print, and coral stripe print for this suit.

If you can’t tell from these photos, it was a RAINY day! A thunderstorm had just passed, and we decided we’d better grab some photos, since the forecast showed rain for the next three days! My daughter would request a photo shoot in the rain every time, I think, based on how much fun she had, even when it started sprinkling on us again!


For my boys, I wanted something quick to sew, because of the short-ish turn-around on time for this whole thing. I grabbed the Swashbuckler swim trunks from Patterns for Pirates. I love how quick and simple these were to make up! There are more options, including color blocking, a faux fly, and optional lining, but I just made the plainest version, and I know they’ll get lots of use this summer! I think I’d prefer them a couple inches shorter, but I just made the size they measured in the hip, I didn’t check height, so it may not be the designed length, if you make these yourself. I’ll just know for my boys, I’ll cut a little off next time.

How perfect are these prints! The birds are adorable, and the stripes are so fun! I already mentioned that I ordered more stripes, so I can make another pair at my son’s request, and I also grabbed some of the birds in swim knit 🙂


Now, go buy all the swim before I go get it myself. Just kidding! She’ll print on demand for a whole year, until the next line comes out, but for real, I couldn’t decide which prints to get, so I ordered a bunch, and I already want more 🙂 🙂 🙂

(Note: with a mix-up from their base fabric supplier, any prints on swim knit, that have a lot of navy are on PRE-ORDER, due to that color not printing correctly on the new knit. Listings that are affected are marked in the title.)

I love coming in at the end of a blog tour, because you get to see everyone else’s posts now, with no wait! Check out all the sponsors, because they have a discount for you this week!

Make sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour today!



For this week, March 11-15, 2019, our readers can enjoy 20% off SWIM ONLY from these sponsors!
Wardrobe By Me code: Raspberry Creek
Simple Life Pattern Company code: SLPCO-RCSWIM
Titchy Threads code: SUITUP19

5oo4 code: RCFSWIM
and 15% off SWIM ONLY from Jalie code: SWIMTOUR15OFF

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

Boo Designs / Sew A Little Seam / Titchy Threads / Simple Life Pattern Co. / Jalie

Little Lizard King / Made for Mermaids / Love Notions / Striped Swallow Designs

Patterns for Priates / Violette Field Threads / Wardrobe By Me / 5oo4 / Sew Like My Mom


Boys can wear pink!

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I’m happy to be joining the fifth season of the Boys Can Wear Pink blog tour, as a first time contributor! I’ve followed it every time, and considered joining in the past, but didn’t put enough thought into it, and let it pass by. But I’m so excited to be here!

I knew my boys would be on board, because their favorite shirts are some that I color blocked with a pink floral last year. They still get worn all the time, months later!

I always have to know the why behind things, for better, or for worse, but the idea that some colors are exclusive to boys or girls has never made sense to me, and thankfully was not an issue to my parents either, as I remember more than one of my brothers who went through a pink phase. So I’m happy to continue the inclusivity, and let everyone enjoy the rainbow of colors God created!


I am honored to be on the Certified Jennuine Design team this year, and I am excited that this is my first post in this role, too! Jennuine Design is a pdf pattern company that has great designs, that are packed with value, with lots of options, and styles that work for boys and girls!

I’ve made the Skiff tee for boys and girls, and it works well on all sizes and ages, from the tiniest, to the biggest! This time, I sewed three different options, though this is not all that you can do with this pattern.

The color blocking option makes such a stylish look. My oldest got a classic grey, with two different shades. He also got some pink floral shorts, made from some cotton scraps I had picked up from my local remnant store.


My middle boy got a classic white tee, with a little home town pride vinyled on ❤ #wichitawesome


And little baby boy who just turned 6 months old got another color blocked version. This floral print is the one I used on my other boys’ shirts last year, and my husband also has a tee that’s color blocked with these fabrics, so now all 4 boys can be sporting the same look!


The Clipper shorts were new to me, but are a classic style that will get lots of use! These come in two length options, with plenty of other options to spruce them up. These are all pretty basic versions, but I did something slightly different with each one.

The smallest pair is the most simple, made out of a woven chambray. My oldest got another woven version, with front pockets added, and my middle is wearing a knit adaptation. These are designed for woven, but I wanted to use this pink French terry, so I gave it a shot, and it turned out great! He was right in-between sizes, so I sized up, though I probably could have gone down instead, since I was using knit, but that crossed my mind a little too late.


These are great wardrobe staples patterns, and my boys have the start of a spring wardrobe with them, now!

The Boys Can Wear Pink tour is wrapping up soon, so you can go back and look at all the other fun posts that have been happening this week:










Surf and Sand

Sewing swimwear is ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS! Did I say that loudly enough? It’s the simplest, quickest thing to sew, and so satisfying! I think I especially love sewing, because ready to wear shows the fit issues so much more than other types of garments, and I love giving my kids a custom fit!

My link up for Project Run and Play is going to be an old sew, but represents what I love, and my style!

This is the peach Beach swimsuit pattern from Lil Luxe Collection. I loves sewing for both of my girls, and these photos are making me want to sew another set for them this summer! ❤




This is a two-fer post today! One, I wanted to make an outfit to link up to the Project Run and Play sew-along, and this is for the Patriotic Pride category, and two, this is a little sneak peek of something more coming next week! I can’t wait! 🙂 🙂


Wichita is pretty awesome. There’s a lot of city pride here. We have a colorful city, and I’m proud to be born and raised here, and have lived here for most of my adult life ❤

I love that there is always a fun place to be. Whether you want to find live music, art, or good food, there is always a place to go, and it’s always fun. This pink, green, bright outfit represented that for me, and my kids love repping their city.


I used the Skiff Tee from Jennuine Design, and the Clipper Shorts from her as well. These are both the most basic versions of the patterns, which are packed full of options! The shorts are designed for woven, but I tried it in a cotton French terry for ultimate comfort, and I’m pretty happy with the turn-out!



Basically Jalie

I LOVE getting to participate in blog tours, and this one was such a super idea, I didn’t have to think twice before signing up. This one is called “Basically Jalie” and the idea is to show off basics from Jalie patterns. There weren’t many stipulations, and you could make whatever is a “basic” for you, which is different for everyone. HOWEVER, my family needs nothing more than new underwear right now, badly, because I sew, but apparently can’t be bothered to assembly line sew some of the simplest things to make several for each them, until I’m scheduled to post about it on my blog. Haha!

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I chose to sew Julia 3886 and Gérald 3885 for everyone in the family. Julia also comes with a bralette and cami, and a high rise option on the bottoms. Gérald comes in three lengths, has an optional horizontal fly, and works as swim trunks or leggings too!

But the main versatility that makes it so perfect for me is that the size range of Gérald spans from toddler 2 – mens XXXL. And Julia comes in sizes toddler 2 – women’s 24. I can make these for errbody.


I chose the no fly option, and the lower rise option, respectively, for everyone. They came together so quickly. The boxers have 3 pieces to cut out for this view, and the Julia underwear also only have 3 pieces. I have gobs of fold over elastic from Hobby Lobby, which I bought when my girls were sewing sleep masks like nobody’s business, and had plenty of selection to make these.


All the fabrics are cotton Lycra, and most are from Raspberry Creek Fabric, with the exception of the dinosaur print, which is from Love Adore Knits.

These have been washed and worn multiple times by now, with exclamations of comfort. The sizing was exact based on measurements.


And last, but not least, MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT JALIE PATTERNS, and it’s totally not basic, is the thumbnail in the corner of the first page of the pattern pieces that shows you the whole picture of all the pieces, and as you’re clicking layers off, they disappear in that thumbnail too, so you can see exactly which pages you need to print to get your size!! GAME CHANGER, especially since I usually sew kids clothes, and don’t usually need all the pages.


Are there some Jalie patterns you’ve been itching to get? Now’s your chance to WIN YOUR JALIE WISHLIST! Head over to Jalie’s website, create an account, add your favorite patterns to your wishlist, and complete the rafflecopter form below (patterns must be added by February 12, 2019 11:59pm EST to be eligible). Incomplete entries will be eligible for fabric prizes only.

For extra entries, join our Jalie sewalong! Make a Jalie “basic” between January 28 and February 12 and share it on Instagram with hashtag #basicallyjalie and/or in the Basically Jalie Album in the Sewing with Jalie Facebook group.

We are so grateful to our generous sponsors who have teamed up to provide the following prizes (please stop by their shops and show them some love!):

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Blogger Lineup

Be sure to visit these talented sewing bloggers during the tour:

Wednesday, Feb 6 – The Petite Sewist | auschick sews | Replicate then Deviate | Deepika Blogs

Thursday, Feb 7 – Sew What Yvette | Sew Cucio | Shalini’s Sewing Space | Curtiepie | A Jennuine Life

Friday, Feb 8 – SeamsLikeStyle | It’s Liesel | SewSophieLynn | Danvillegirl Sewing Diary | Skirt Fixation

Monday, Feb 11 – The Crafting Fiend | Sprouting JubeJube | its sew colorful | Diskordia’s Curvy Sewing

Tuesday, Feb 12 – All Things Katy! | BigFlyNotions | needle and the belle | Zoopolis



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It’s been a while! I didn’t realize how long. But the holidays have a way of making that happen 🙂

I selected the Tami hoodie from New Horizons for my next promotional make, but I was interested in trying it for my daughter. The Tami is a women’s pattern, but I wanted her to model it, not me, so I made some simple modifications, and I’m so happy it worked!


My version is a simpler one. I didn’t even do the double hood, which is why I super love this design, but I couldn’t find coordinating fabrics in my stash that were speaking to me, so the single crossover hood worked fine. In hindsight, I think it was good to make a simpler version first to check my modifications.

The pattern comes in sizes 00-26. My daughter was 1/2″ smaller than the smallest size, so I thought it should work fine! In order to fit it to her shape better, I drew a straight line from the bottom of the armscye, to the edge of the hem. She doesn’t need the curves yet, and prefers comfy/loose anyway. I also removed 2″ in length from the front and back pieces, and the sleeves, and took 1″ off the height of the hood. She is 5’1″ for reference. That’s it!


Since I wasn’t making all the amazing features in this version, I picked what I knew would be her favorite, and added them, the thumbhole cuffs. She is in love with this hoodie (it’s a hoodie, haha!) And I know it will get lots of wear!


So, if you have a tween who might love this style, check to see if they’re close to the bottom of the size chart, and you can make it work for them too!!


The fabric is a poly rayon French terry from Pretty Posh Prints.


Aubrey-A Handmade Holiday


One of my favorite parts of being on Project Run & Play is the new community I feel closer to, and get to support! The PRP store has designs from contestants who designed a piece for, or used one of their patterns on their season of PRP. This month, they’re running a Handmade Holiday blog tour featuring these patterns!

My daughter looked through the shop, and chose the Aubrey dress from Modkid. I love it too. It’s a simple silhouette, with a little extra design detail that adds just the right amount of interest. The sizing was perfect.


There’s actually a pocket option designed into the front seams, but I opted to leave it out since the fabric I was using was textured, and thick, I didn’t want it to be too bulky.

The dress fits my daughter’s no fuss style perfectly. When she put it on, she was in awe of it, and wore it the rest of the day after photos, plus every other opportunity she had after that until I made her wash it!


This fabric is from Simply by Ti and is an AMAZING textured nylon spandex. It is so sturdy, and has super stretch! It feels like a good weight for this dress, and my daughter felt the quality as soon as she touched it. You have to check it out, and the other nylon spandex she has in the shop!


I hope you’ll look at the other stops on the Handmade Holiday tour, and create something yourself for this season, whether it’s fancy or casual, for yourself, or a gift, it’s always good to use the creativity we have to share more beauty with the world.

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