Sew Swimwear Blog Tour
Thank you for joining me on my stop of the Swimsuit Edition blog tour, I'm really excited to be in my first Lulu & Celeste, Sprouting JubeJube Productions blogtour! This one is full of fantastic seamstresses and bloggers focused on inspiring you with all things swimwear, be sure to check out all the stops and enter the giveaways as well for your chances to win some fab prizes from our blogtour sponsors!
For those of you who read my last swim post, you'll have seen I was making a swim capsule for my boys, not long after the tour we went camping during a mini heatwave and they wore their swimming suits so much that I quickly realised they were both missing a few things from their capsules. They both needed a hat which could go in the water with them and a complete spare swim outfit which they could switch into after the sand and forest debris had become to much in the first suit or for when they didn't want to be in a wet suit any longer! So here, I've tried to fill those gaps!
I started with making some slightly longer sleeved rash vests for a little extra sun protection for their skin whilst the cuffs are still out of the way when they are playing in the sand or building "camp fires" forest floor! I used the new Made by Jacks Mum Reef Beach Rashie as I loved the ready made colour block option it included. An added benefit of the colour blocking is that it's all one piece from the cuff to the hem so it actually eliminates any seams directly under their arms which can become irritating after they're wet and sandy so they are super happy about that!
Being raglan style, even with the colour blocking it came together super fast and fits great, I made the ages 3 & 5 as per their measurements on the size chart included.
When looking at the Reef Beach Rashie Pattern I also can across a zipped all-in-one style also from MBJM, these are very similar to what my youngest is used to wearing at the beach so I didn't let putting a zip in lycra faze me and went ahead with the Sunshine Swim Romper for him, this pattern goes up to age 8 too which is a good thing as as soon as my eldest saw it he declared he also wanted one!
Again I went for the colour blocked option and the construction was very straightforward and similar to the Reef Rashie. The zip was actually no more difficult to put in than any other exposed zipper I've done, especially if you stabilise the lycra where the zipper will be going first or use a washaway fabric glue to hold it all nice and secure while you sew. What I really liked about the zip in the Sunshine Romper is that there is a zip guard included too! I've bought RTW swim rompers like this which didn't have that and I constantly worried about him catching his skin on it so with this I don't have to worry!
So those were the first gaps filled, then I was onto a hat. Originally I was planning to attempt drafting my own as I hadn't seen anything like what I was looking for around the pattern world, that was until Made by Jacks Mum put out a tester call for something sounding very similar in their Facebook group! I wasn't chosen for testing but the designer kindly let me have the pattern a little earlier than release so I could include it here with her other patterns. So here is the Pool Party Sun Hat for lycra, with a little extra detailing I added.
The main part of the hat is split into 3 sections, perfect for colour blocking, I was running low on the green lycra I was using and didn't have enough to do any complete section in it so instead opted to add it as flat piping between the 3 head sections and also on the brim of the peak! It ties it in well to the Long Beach Board Shorts I made last time which featured green piping in, adds the colour in and just gives a little different interest and options.
The peak has EVA craft foam in too keep it stiff and I had no trouble at all topstitching through it and the lycra cover at all.
Sadly the mini heatwave we were having has come to an end and been replaced by constant rain, wind and thunder storms so all the photos had to be taken indoors which was a little interesting but I think they did well :)
I made them all in plain coloured swim lycra which is often easier and cheaper to get than prints but the patterns all work well with prints as well. They intentionally match in with their other swim items to continue the capsule mix & match premise and the bold colour blocking makes them fun whilst keeping them easy to spot around us in the pool or at the beach.
I hope you enjoyed my stop on the Swimsuit Edition Tour, please do check out the other stops and of course make sure you enter the instagram and rafflecopter draws each day!
Monday, June 26
Sprouting JubeJube - Call Ajaire - Kutti Couture - Tales of A Tester - Bellevi
Tuesday, June 27
Sprouting JubeJube - FABulous Home Sewn - Sew and Tell Project - Tales From A Southern Mom - My Heart Will Sew On
Wednesday, June 28
Lulu & Celeste - Adventures With Bubba and Bug - Momma You Can Make It - Marvelous Auntie M - Phat Quarters
Thursday, June 29
Lulu & Celeste - Filles à Maman & Jalie - Crazy Crafty Haute Mama - MeMade - 5 out of 4 Patterns - RikiPrints Custom Knit Fabrics
Friday, June 30
Lulu & Celeste - Little Heart Threads - Ronda B. Handmade - Bellevi - sewingbyti
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6/29/2017 06:09:02 am
This is a great set! My son absolutely loves zip-up suits, and while I have one I've used for him already, I don't adore the pattern. The MBJM looks excellent!
6/29/2017 06:09:55 am
Just FYI, the link to your post in the Rafflecopter is broken!
Sarah - MeMade
6/29/2017 10:47:53 am
Thanks so much for letting me know! I'll try get it sorted :)
6/29/2017 09:37:19 am
Love that zip up suit
6/29/2017 10:09:21 am
Great suit, love those colors !!
6/29/2017 10:42:57 am
6/29/2017 11:08:43 am
Awesome! I wanna try the riptides.
6/29/2017 11:13:57 am
Amazing - love the idea of a swim capsule
6/29/2017 11:15:25 am
Selene Hill York
6/29/2017 11:19:01 am
I don't have littles, but these are neato. Really need to make the bf a new par of cool swim shorts though.
6/29/2017 11:20:18 am
Love the color-blocking!! Never thought of adding the side panels to eliminate the side seams. That's brilliant. I will have to try it for my daughters who are always complaining about seams, especially served seams.
6/29/2017 11:20:43 am
This would be adorable for my nephew!
6/29/2017 11:27:03 am
I love your bright, cheery colors! My little guy loves the ease of his MBJM sunshine romper. :D
6/29/2017 11:47:29 am
Lovely set - I especially love the one piece. Great coverage!
6/29/2017 11:54:20 am
I would like to sew the Girls’ Riptide Reversible Shorties.
6/29/2017 11:57:57 am
Love the swim blog tour!
6/29/2017 12:26:23 pm
Love the hat!
6/29/2017 12:26:46 pm
6/29/2017 12:45:52 pm
What fun! I am so making swimsuits for my family next year. And hats just might be a super fun thing to try out, I never would have thought of it with out you! Thanks!!
6/29/2017 01:30:26 pm
6/29/2017 02:32:32 pm
I've gotta sew a sun hat for my little fella!
6/29/2017 03:05:34 pm
Perfect for summer!!
6/29/2017 03:52:54 pm
I love !!!
6/29/2017 04:09:53 pm
Love the colors you used! :)
6/29/2017 04:26:25 pm
6/29/2017 04:42:46 pm
Such cute rash guards and suits! Love the color combinations!
6/29/2017 04:47:12 pm
Zip up suits are the best!
6/29/2017 05:33:11 pm
The color blocking on this swimwear is perfect!
6/29/2017 06:52:59 pm
Gabrielle Lévesque Baudet
6/29/2017 07:23:39 pm
Ohhh so you are the origin of Me maid may! 😊
6/29/2017 08:53:16 pm
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6/30/2017 04:57:20 am
6/30/2017 05:14:40 am
Nice color, perfect for summer !!!
6/30/2017 06:11:19 am
ACK! I LOVE these!! The colors alone are Perfect for swimwear & those faces, I mean come-on!! What a coupla Ca-Uties!!!! Also drooling over that hat!!!
Essence B Underwood
6/30/2017 01:36:39 pm
I love the hat! I think the zip up suit is really fun too!
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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 it is my aim to have a completely MeMade wardrobe for us all!