Suit Up For Summer Day Four


We’ve made it to day 4- woot woot!  Have you learned anything so far?  Picked up a pattern or two?

Today I’m talking about the best part of swimsuit sewing- FABRIC!!  If you’re anything like me, you can never have enough fabric.

We have multiple fabric sponsors on the tour and I’m excited to get you guys shopping.  The Fabric Fairy has a HUGE selection of both spandex and board short fabric as well as everything you need to complete your suit- elastic, bra cups, linings, etc.

Peek-a-Boo Fabric Shop offers great custom printed fabrics and coordinates.  You can pick up your PAB pattern and sew it up in PAB fabric- oh cool is that?!

Simply By Ti has some great choices for swim cover-ups- think cozy french terry and bright crochet fabrics.

Boo! Designs is based in Australia and has an unbelievable selection!  Like I want to order a dozen prints right now!

Sash Fabrics is another custom fabric shop full of unique and fun designs!


My family is all decked out in another of our sponsors latest designs- Raspberry Creek Fabrics!  I love that these fabrics coordinate so well together without us being too matchy-matchy.  When looking through the new line it was so easy to pair up each print to my kids personalities!


The Sunset Palms were meant to be this kids.  He lives in subtle Hawaiian prints and this was just too perfect for him!  You can read more details about his suit in yesterday’s post.


I’ve been dying to share this suit!! This sweet, sophisticated girl is rocking the Tropical Leaves swim print in a Lil Luxe Leotard Etoile.  I think this is the perfect pattern/fabric pairing!


The simple silhouette really lets this print shine!


I need one of these suits for myself ASAP!


My little man NEEDED these sharks the minute he saw them.  I love the colors in this print and how easily they coordinate to so many others!  You can find his suit in yesterday’s post too!


This sassy girl loves the bright colors of the Sea Floor print.  Paired with the Nautical Stripe it’s too cute for words!


She’s wearing a Marilyn Vintage Suit from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop.  This suit offers plenty of coverage and so many cute options.  This simple view was fun to showcase these prints.


She certainly loves it!


I got another suit too!  This time I used the Nautical Stripe for myself.  I used the Edgy Top from George and Ginger.  It’s not designed as a swim top but with a few modifications it worked great!


I lined the front and added cups and an elastic shelf bra.  I cut my pattern a size smaller and finished the neckline and arm with elastic cut barely smaller than the openings.  I like to serge my elastic on in the round to the wrong side of my fabric then flip it under and topstitch with a twin needle.  Super easy!


I used the bottoms from the First Crush Suit from Rad Patterns.  The suit offers so many options and great coverage!

I love these stripes and the chance they gave me to play with the directions.  This swim knit is some of the nicest I’ve ever sewn with.  It’s nice and thick and has great 4-way stretch making it super easy for me to use it on the diagonal.  The matte finish gives it a very high-end feel.


I also used coordinating Navy Board Short Fabric to make me a pair of Swim and Surf Shorts from Gracious Threads.  I love the fit of these and after making my little guys these were such a quick sew.  I love the extra coverage for chasing kiddos around!

Phew!  So…many…swimsuits!  Are you sick of me yet?!! Just one more day…

Make sure to enter the giveaways for your chance to win some of these amazing fabrics from our sponsors with a ton of patterns too!

Head over to the other bloggers to see what they’ve been making too:

Hosted by Sew Sophie Lynn & Paisley Roots

Monday: Pear Berry Lane / Inspinration / It’s Liesel / Sewing For Four

Tuesday: Harper Lu / Call Ajaire / Stylin Stacy / Skirt Fixation

Wednesday: Sewing By Ti / Sewing With Sarah / Sew & Tell / Me Made

Thursday: Made By Melli / Life Sew Savory / That’s What She Crafted / Auschick

Friday: Rebel & Malice / EYMM / Stitching & Making / Lilliepawillie

Suit Up For Summer Day One


I’m absolutely giddy to be starting an amazing blog tour today!  Karly at Paisley Roots and I are excited to be hosting the Suit Up for Summer Blog Tour, featuring twenty other bloggers and two HUGE giveaways.  We hope to get you ready for summer and warm weather with swimwear for the whole family.  We’ll bring you tons of inspiration and tips and lots of fun along the way.

Make sure you make it to the end of this post for all the sponsor and prize details along with the awesome line-up for the week.


Today I’m starting it off by talking about sewing for the little girls in your life.  My very first swimsuits I sewed were for my young girls.  They were far from perfect but I was so proud of them.  For the first time this girly had a swimsuit that fit her tall, lanky frame.  She could never fit into ready-to-wear one pieces because they weren’t long enough and two-piece tankinis left inches of belly showing when they were supposed to be full length.  I was always bringing in the sides or crossing my fingers her little suit would stay put!   I know we’re not alone in this dilemma and I’m hoping to give you other mamas hope.  The beauty of sewing for your children is that you can mash sizes making your tall/skinny or short/solid kids feel confident and darling in their swimwear.


We both fell in love with this suit from Gap this year.   I knew there was no way it would fit so we went to work searching for a pattern to recreate our own version.  I used the Aloha Burn Blocker Suit from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop (make sure you check out their HUGE swimsuit selection!) with a little modification.  I used the bottom portion of the Leotard Etoile from Lil Luxe Collection but you could use any brief or swimsuit pattern for the leg curves.  I was able to make a size 7 width with a 10 length to fit her almost perfectly!  Make sure you also do the arms the longer length too!


The options for girls swimwear pdf’s is phenomenal!  They really do have so much more available to them than women, boys, and men combined it seems!  We have some amazing sponsors on this tour that offer girls swimsuit patterns.  Be on the look out this week as some of our bloggers feature looks from these shops:

Jalie is a great option with 17 (!) patterns in their swimsuit category.  Their patterns come with adult and children’s sizes in one pattern which makes them great if you plan on using multiple sizes.  They don’t feature layers and instructions are minimal but I’d call them great for the adventurous sewist.  The finished product is always superb!

Gracious Threads has a tankini and a boardshort pattern.  The Eclipse Tankini is designed for beginners and would make a great first swimsuit.  That little peplum is darling!  I made the boardshorts and love how cute they are and will be showing them to you later this week!

Lil Luxe Collection‘s Peach Beach swimsuit seems to be THE suit of the season.  I also love the leotards in the shop and can’t wait to show off our swim version of the Leotard Etoile.

My Childhood Treasures/Treasurie has a huge variety of swim/dance wear.  Their blog is full of great tips on sewing swimwear and is an amazing resource for beginners.  They also have a free pattern for swim bottoms- a great way to try out swimwear sewing!

5 out of 4 offers a girls version of their popular Agility Tank and Riptide shorties.  Perfect for mommy and me looks!


Titchy Thread’s Azur Swimsuit is one of the hippest suits there is!  I love the cut of the legs and the fun options to color block.

Call Ajaire has the Classic Maillot suit pattern that is just that- a classic!  She also offers the Classic Maillot Swimskirt pattern for free to dip your toes in swim sewing.

Boo! Designs also offers both swim and leotard patterns.  If you ask in the pdf groups for the best swimsuit patterns Boo! Designs will be an obvious fan favorite.  Their instructions offer a multitude of tips and their designs are classics that can be changed up to your hearts content!


You can see some of my past girls swim makes here, here, and here featuring the Cosi Swimsuit and my favorite raglan hacks.

As I’ve scoured the internet I’ve come across so many pattern companies that feature girls swimwear.  Here’s a few that I’ve found:

Mountain Ash Designs, Coles Creations, Create Kids Couture, Winter Wear Designs, The Wolf and The Tree, Violette Fields Threads, A Sparkly Baby, Puperita, and Julia Faye Davidson.

Did I miss any favorites?  Do you have a go-to pattern you turn to again and again?


Are you ready for the good stuff?  Check out this rad group of ladies we have joining us this week:

Hosted by Sew Sophie Lynn & Paisley Roots

Monday: Pear Berry Lane / Inspinration / It’s Liesel / Sewing For Four

Tuesday: Harper Lu / Call Ajaire / Stylin Stacy / Skirt Fixation

Wednesday: Sewing By Ti / Sewing With Sarah / Sew & TellMe Made

Thursday: Made By Melli / Life Sew Savory / That’s What She Crafted / Auschick

Friday: Rebel & Malice / EYMM / Stitching & Making / Lilliepawillie

You can enter our HUGE giveaways two ways.  First link up any swimsuits you’ve sewn this year.  You have until next Tuesday, May 30th to get your looks in.  A winner will be randomly picked so even you swimsuit sewing newbies should join in!  I can’t wait to see what you guys create!

Our prize pack for the link up is sure to get you ready to start sewing your own swimsuits.  You will receive a $25 gift certificate to Raspberry Creek Fabrics, $25 gift certificate to The Fabric Fairy, $25 gift certificate to Peek-a-Boo Fabric Shop, and $20 gift certificate to Simply by Ti.  You will also receive a pdf pattern of your choice from Closet Case Patterns, Jalie, Gracious Threads, Lil Luxe Collection, My Childhood Treasures, 5 ouf ot 4 Patterns, Titchy Threads, Call Ajaire, Rad Patterns, and Boo! Designs!

Second, no sewing involved just enter the Rafflecopter for your shot at the other amazing prize pack!

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We’d like to thank all of our generous sponsors for providing patterns used by many of the bloggers during the tour and also the great prizes!



Happy Easter from SewSophieLynn


Easter is one of my favorite holidays.  A chance to be with family and the food doesn’t get any better- I stopped counting how much chocolate I’ve sneaked from my kids baskets 😉  It also signals the start of handmade warm weather clothes and I just love the chance to sew a new dress or two for my girls.  This year my oldest even wanted a tie to match his sisters!  So yes, we were ‘that’ family today- all matchy matchy and I was one happy mama.

You can see more pics of my girls here, my middle boys bowtie here, and for my oldest’s tie I turned to this free pattern from Purl Soho.  My youngest is in full Old Navy goodness 😉

I’m so grateful for this time of year and the chance it gives us to truly reflect on the life and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Check out this video to be inspired by the real reason behind the season.

Love you guys!

Greenery- Pantone Color of the Year


*This post originated on the  Cali Fabrics Blog.  I’m excited to share it here as part of Project Run and Play’s Greenery Theme for week 2 of Season 13.

I always love to see what Pantone comes up with each year as the hot and trending colors. This year’s color of the year is Greenery- a vibrant shade of green, somewhere between lime and olive. I’m a huge fan of all things green and was excited to incorporate this color in our wardrobes. My daughter was the lucky winner of the first piece in this gorgeous color.


I used this beautiful Avocado Shantung Satin for this project. It’s a great weight and I love the slub texture. I don’t sew with silk-like fabrics very often and this was much easier to work with than my past experiences. I was super grateful to have my serger to finish the edges as they frayed slightly the moment I cut into it but because of the thicker weight my regular machine handled it with ease too!


This dress is a showstopper! I’ve been wanting to sew up a Starlight City Dress from Lil Luxe Collection for what seems like forever! You know those patterns that you fall in love with each time you see one and vow to make one as soon as possible. Well, this is that pattern for me. There’s even a women’s size that looks incredible on everyone too!


I love the high classic neckline in the front and the ‘party’ in the back. For my version, I used the width of the fabric for each skirt piece to add fullness- this girl loves a big, twirly skirt. Throw in pockets and she’s one happy girl!


When sewing for your kids do you take your time or find shortcuts when you can? My kids grow so fast and my sewing time is pretty precious so I take the easy way most of the time. This pattern is a quick sew as is so it was perfect for me. In this fabric I’d usually hand sew the hems and do a clean finish bodice but I knew those details would go unnoticed by this sweet girl.


I’d say she loves it! What are your thoughts on this vibrant color? Are you adding it into your wardrobe? In small doses or one amazing piece?

One Thimble 14 Tour


It’s One Thimble time- wahoo!!! Best time of the year, amiright?!!


I love to join in the One Thimble blog tours and this time I’m excited to bring you a full review of the magazine.  Not only is it packed full of gorgeous patterns for the whole family but it’s also a great resource for any sewist.  The articles this month are so informative and the pictures are pure eye candy.  I learned a couple new tips and tricks including how to fabric cover my KAM snaps that I obsessively add to everything!


The first pattern I sewed up is the lovely Trillium Tunic from Petite Stitchery.  It’s full of options- tunic or maxi dress lengths, three sleeve choices and a plain or pieced bodice.


I love the little details with this top.  The ruched 3/4 sleeve, the slightly gathered tunic skirt, the button placket, and pieced bodice all make for a beautiful shirt.


I used a rayon challis I picked up in LA for the main and some Art Gallery denim and a bit of lace.  The bodice is the perfect place to use those scraps you’ve been hoarding!


The subtle high-low hem is just too pretty!


The Trillium is such a classic Sophie top and little sis looks totally cool in her Thread Faction #113 overalls.


Glancing through the magazine I loved the look of this pattern but wasn’t sure it would suit my kids.  I was tempted to make them for my little guy until I had a vision for this look.  I knew it would be perfect for my fun-lovin’, comfort seeking girly.  She was overjoyed when she tried them on!


I used an incredibly soft french terry (from LA too) and some lace for the straps to girly it up a bit.  I’m on a camo kick lately and bought a boatload of this fabric so everyone in the fam may end up with a little bit in their wardrobes!


I love how quickly these came together.  I think they were done in under an hour from printing to sewing on the buttons- including the ridiculous amount of time it took to pick buttons!


I love that it’s a fun unisex pattern and comes in sizes 2-10.  I think a little toddler belly would be adorable in these!


My lone back shot…


There are so many other great bloggers joining in to share the OT love!  Make sure to check out all their fabulous projects and pick up your copy!


Ugly Sweater Party with Petite Stitchery


I love a good party so I was all on board when Petite Stitchery  said they were hosting an Ugly Sweater Party.  Who doesn’t love a fun ugly sweater?!!


I’ve loved the Rosemary Cowl Crop since the very first preview I saw and knew it would be perfect for this tour.


I think an ugly sweater is all about upcycling so for my version I grabbed a cozy blanket from good ol’ Wal-mart.  It worked perfect and I loved being able to use the blanket edge for the bottom hem too!


I did a little tricky hacking to make the sweater just one layer.  This fleece is so thick and cozy that I didn’t want to add too much bulk.  I used a scuba knit stripe for the cowl and cuffs.  I sewed the cowl on like a neckband.  The sleeve cuffs kinda stumped me.  They are sewn like a lining about 7 inches up the sleeve and rolled up for a nice, thick contrast cuff.



She’s ready to party!


What?  There’s more fun sweaters coming your way!  Make sure to head over to the other stops on the tour:

Tuesday  12/20

Rebel & Malice   and   Sew Sophie Lynn

Wednesday  12/21
Thursday  12/22
Make sure you add your holiday ugly sweaters to the link up for a fun giveaway!

Holiday Freebies with Made for Mermaids and Petite Stitchery


Anyone doing any last minute holiday sewing?!!


I’ve got a few holiday freebies from you from some of my favorite ladies.

The ladies at Made for Mermaids generously continued their 12 days of Christmas this year with 12 super fun and easy patterns and tutorials.


I sewed up the Annie Apron for my buddy in the kitchen.  It’s a quick sew and so easy to customize.  It can be made with a couple of fat quarters and some fabric scraps for the waistband.  Such a great stash buster!

My littlest got an Earwarmer in his favorite fabric scrap.  There are sizes for the whole family and I know I’ll be sewing myself one real soon!

The bowties complete any holiday outfit for the boys in your life.  You can even make dad one to match.  Seriously fast and oh so cute!

The girls on your list could all use a cute lace Dress and Top Extender.  I love a hint of lace and these extenders are so great!  I know my girls have a few tops that I’d love to last through the winter and this extender is just perfect to add a couple inches to the length.

Make sure to check out all of the Made for Mermaids freebies!  There’s something for everyone on your list!


Petite Stitchery has also been rolling out some quick holiday freebies and my kids are obsessed with the Tinsel Cowl.

There are three options- button, fringe, and simple.  My kids have been making them themselves and loving it!  My daughter did her first buttonholes and loved picking out trim for her button version.

It’s another great use for all those fabric scraps you’ve got lying around.  Those precious pieces of velvet will be scarves in no time!

What’s on your Christmas sewing list still?  I’m dying to dig into some American Girl doll sewing for my girls.  My scrap hoarding will pay off for matching duds from some of my favorite makes this year.  Stay tuned for a post on that goodness!