Some of you may have already seen these, especially if you read my Suit up for Summer blogpost from last week but I wanted to take a closer look at them and tell you a bit more about them. So here is an entire post dedicated to these fab patterns from New Horizons! PS. Did you see there is a code for 30% off sitewide until the end of the day?! quickkk!
The Streamline Tee is a unisex raglan pattern, it's sleeves are shaped so they fit nicely and it was exactly what I was looking for to make a simple rash vest. The only thing I needed to do to turn it into a rash vest was size down! I chose a size which the finished measurements mirrored the boys actual measurements so that it fitted neatly but should last them all summer (rash vests typically have a little negative ease) and simply made it in a swim lycra fabric rather than a jersey! Simple! The pattern covers ages 6 months to 10 years so will get plenty of use throughout the years for both tees and more rashvests.
Designed for colourblocking, the Long Beach shorts have endless possibilities for combining colours and prints to come up with a unique pair of shorts and with the piping detailing and waist ties, it's just perfect for letting personalities shine or matching a tee or rash vest as I chose to do. There is also 2 lengths to choose from depending on the look you are going for, the above knee length seems more popular with the girls whilst the longer just below knee length seems to appeal to the boys more.
The shorts are drafted for woven fabrics so due to lack of availability of boardshort fabric here in the UK I picked orange and blue polycottons for these ones to match the swim lycra Streamline I made previously. I then picked out the green from the printed fabric to be the accent colour for the piping and front ties. Polycotton seemed to work really well for these as they are lightweight and cool they just cannot be worn in the water like traditional boardshorts.
I made them exactly as per his measurements and as expected from New Horizons, they fit great just as they are. If you've never done piping, don't panic, the instructions talk you through sewing it in really well or you could also leave it out if you really didn't want to add them, however, I really like the extra dimension it adds and it really wasn't hard to include. I also used eyelets (I think they're called grommets? in the US?) to create the holes for the front ties but you could use buttonholes for this if you prefer.
They are both still branded as a Terra's Treasures (previous name for New Horizons) pattern and therefore are a little different in format to the newer New Horizons branded ones. They have a slightly different way to put them together as they need trimming rather than just overlapping and they don't have layers either but still super easy to do and they went together perfectly. The pattern pieces had very little overlapping of lines so choosing a size to cut was also easy to do without confusion.
Both of these patterns along with the rest of the fab New Horizons patterns are currently included in the sitewide 30% off sale! Check out the facebook page HERE to find the discount code!
To see reviews for some of the other New Horizons patterns I've sewn, click here!
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Hi! I'm Sarah and I live with my 2 boys and my Husband in East Anglia, UK. I enjoy sewing for my family and feel lucky I can use my sewing to spend so much time with them.