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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:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.)
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