Patterns for Pirates Take The Plunge Swimsuit

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Yes, I made yet another swimsuit but you guys, I just couldn’t resist!  Judy at Patterns for Pirates is known for making women feel beautiful and by darn it she’s done it again.  Just check out all the amazing testers and how gorgeous they all look!

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It has been YEARS since I have worn a one piece that fit properly.  I have a long torso, small bust and no waist.  Suits either drowned my bust, gave me major wedgies or were tugged too low in the chest.  I had yet to sew myself a one piece also because I thought it’d be a disaster to try and get the fit right.

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Enter the magical Take The Plunge Swimsuit.   The pattern includes all the instructions and measurements to help you get the best fitting suit ever!  For me that meant making a small bodice graded to a large at the waist then a medium in the bottoms plus adding an inch to both the bodice and the bottoms.  Sounds crazy and confusing but it really was a cinch.  I made the adjustments totally based off my measurements and said a little prayer it would fit right.

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Ta-da!  Best fitting suit ever!  This was also the first time I’d used push-up cups and let me tell you they are AWESOME!  I’m usually not too concerned about the appearance of the ‘girls’ but this suit really highlights them and a little ‘oomph’ was needed.   Whether they need a little taming or a bit of lift, this pattern works wonders!

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There are multiple options for straps and ruching.  I did the plain bottoms and full back.  I love feeling nice and secure for chasing the kiddos at the pool!

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On the fence about sewing swimwear still?  Check out our blog series here, here, here, here, and here for tons of inspiration and tips for sewing swimsuits for the whole family!

And make sure to grab you own copy of the Take The Plunge!

Suit Up For Summer Day Two

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Are you ready for day two of the Suit Up For Summer tour?  Wasn’t yesterday just awesome?! Today won’t disappoint either- you’ve got one swim newbie, a talented children’s pattern designer and tester call, a swimsuit sewing veteran, and a super cute women’s suit pattern tester call!  Make sure to head over to Paisley Roots for another adorable suit and some fabric shopping tips!

Make sure you see my last post to enter the giveaways. (GIVEAWAYS ARE CLOSED)

You can check out the other great ladies on the tour here:

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

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I’m talking ladies swimsuits today and I’m going to be completely honest with you all- I really have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to women’s swimsuits.  My past adventures in sewing swimwear for myself have been fairly easy.  I’ve only ever made rash guard tops by adding a lining, cups and an elastic shelf bra to the Lane Raglan.  A raglan is about as beginner friendly as it gets- add a couple more steps and voila! Instant swim top!

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Nothing mind blowing but I usually live in these on our beach vacations and long days at the pool.  For this years suits I wanted to change it up but kept going back to the same look and coverage these suits offered.  I decided to use  a couple of Patterns for Pirates  to achieve this look.  Judy at P4P has generously offered a discount code for our readers during the tour.  Use code ‘swimtour’ to receive $2 off any swim pattern in the shop!

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I used the Hello Sailor Swim Bottoms for nice bum coverage!  I hate worrying that I’m flashing innocent people!  I followed the tip to add power mesh to just the front belly area and love the ‘spanx’ effect.    I did a straight size medium and can’t wait to make more of these.  The pattern comes with a handful of fun options so I’ll be changing it up a bit too.

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I used the Layer Me Up top pattern for this hack.  I’ll tell you what I did and what I’d do differently next go round.  With swim I don’t feel like you can really muslin a pattern so I just go for it and hope it works out!  I cut a front lining piece and cropped the tee to my natural waistline in a straight medium also (my normal size).  I added cups to the lining (I ended up doubling them up for a little more umph!) and did an extra wide band at the bottom, hoping to avoid the elastic of the shelf bra.  Well, it wasn’t love so back to the drawing board.

Off went the band and I ruched the sides of the bottom piece with a small piece of elastic for a little detail and added my standard 3/4″ elastic under the bra cups.  I really wanted the top to meet the bottoms and think this is the best I could get.  I think I’d use the LMU in the future but I will just do it the full length I need and add the cups and elastic shelf bra like I did in my raglan rash guards.

One tip I did learn with the elastic under the cups is to have it not quite meet the side seams.  I usually try to catch it in the seams for extra strength but since this was added after the seams were done I just secured the elastic to the lining only.  The benefit is that it doesn’t pull at the side seam- I’ll share a top later this week that has this issue.

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I really like the coverage of this suit and know I’ll be comfortable wrangling my kiddos at the pool in it.  I picked up the fabric for my top and also my bra cups (4/$1!) in the LA Fabric District.  I love that place!

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I’m really tempted to try my hand at sewing an actual swim top!  Our sponsors have some great choices! The Siren Swim Top from Patterns for Pirates is so cute! Closet Case Patterns offers two super chic swim options- the Sophie Swimsuit and the Bombshell (I actually have one that’s been cut and waiting to be sewn for far too long!).  5 out of 4 Patterns has a bunch of fun, sporty options and Rad Patterns has two swimsuits with the most options I’ve ever seen!  Jalie has a ton of patterns to choose from and you can get one for you and your mini me all in one sweet deal.  Laela Jeyne  has two versatile, cute patterns- a fun skirted one piece and a vintage inspired bikini set.  Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop has swimwear for the whole family!

I came across a few more designers that offer women’s swimwear that I’d love to try too!  Wardrobe By Me, Dandelions and Dungarees, Lily Sage and Co, and Seamstress Erin all offer unique swimsuit pdf’s.

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Do you have a favorite women’s pattern I should try?  My Pinterest Board is full of suits I’m dying to recreate!

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Boys Can Wear Pink

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I jump at any chance I get to sew for my boys.  I’ve enjoyed following the  Boys Can Wear Pink Tour from Handmade Boy the past two years so I’m really excited to be joining in this year!  Make sure you enter the giveaway at the end of the post too!  Lots of awesome goodies coming your way.

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This little guy was focusing on colors in preschool and was supposed to dress in the appropriate color each day.  It was another perfect excuse to sew up some pink!

My boys are very picky and I don’t sew for them much because of it.  This guy had to pick out the fabric and every detail of the hoodie.  There’s a reason you don’t see him on the blog more even if he does look darn cute when it’s all said and done.  He definitely turned on the model charm for this quick shoot!

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I used the Jolly Roger Raglan and Add-on pack for this cute hoodie.  I did the cross-over hood option.  The Jolly Roger is my go-to for this boy.  I love the fit and the add-on options make it so much fun.  I used my favorite french terry from Raspberry Creek Fabrics for the main and a remnant of athletic fabric from Hobby Lobby for the hood.  He was very specific and if it was going to be pink it better be neon!

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My new Silhouette machine I got for Christmas has been getting a workout lately.  I love, love, love it!  It’s so fun being able to really personalize our clothes.  I love when my kids come up with an idea or saying and just like that we can slap it on a tee!  I’m an 80’s kid and this ‘Stay Rad’ just fit with this sweatshirt.  It was a simple design to make and really makes this top, like, totally wicked dude!

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I’m sorry my kid is so much cooler than me.  I’m pretty darn lucky I get to hang out with this stud everyday.  He’s such a sweetheart and mama’s boy that I think my heart will break when I send him off to school everyday this fall.  It’s so much fun having a little buddy to hang out with!

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Ready for the good stuff?!  The prize pack for today includes:

Pattern of choice from Titchy Threads

$15 shop credit from Sofilantjes

Pattern of choice from Twig + Tale

Pattern of choice from Pickle Toes Patterns

Pattern of choice from stitchART

Mystery pack of fabric and three yard pre-order credit from Piccadilly

(bundles excluded)

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Patterns for Pirates Cocoon and Butterfly Cardigans

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The newest pattern from Patterns for Pirates has totally won us over.  The Butterfly Cardigan is the youth version of the Cocoon Cardigan.  With all of it’s options it will be a year round staple!

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For our first version, I did a dressy cropped version out of stretch velvet.  It is incredibly soft and I love that it can be worn over dresses for church or thrown over a tee.

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There are two different band widths giving this cardigan multiple looks.  I did the tall bands on all of ours for a longer, chunkier look.

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There are also multiple sleeve lengths and cuff bands or hem options.  We did long sleeves with tall bands on ours too.

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After her cropped version she was begging for a long version as well.  These are such a quick sew that I was very happy to whip one up for her.

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I adore this version sooooo much!  I used a midweight sweater knit I picked up from Wal-Mart for a steal.  Our Wal-Mart rarely has those $1/yard knits I hear so much about but this was one of them.  I’m so glad I got a ton of it because it was perfect to do matching sweaters.

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The construction on the mama version is exactly the same as the girls so mine came together in no time.  I really would love to make a handful more.  They are such an adorable layering piece!

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I had been looking for a new cocoon cardigan pattern and this one checks all the boxes.  Quick sew, easy instructions, multiple length options, a variety of sleeve choices- winner, winner chicken dinner!

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I have the hardest time taking it off each day!

You can pick up the bundle here, too!

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I have been loving my Silhouette that I got for Christmas.  I love graphic tees and it’s so fun to make our own.  Thread and Grain has just recently started offering her designs as digital files and I am totally loving having all the work done for me.  You can check out the designs here– she’s got something for everyone.  This ‘Fabric is my love language’ is absolutely perfect for me!

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I have a few lined up for my kiddos but we started with this pretty ‘Hello Gorgeous’.  I can’t wait to make more!

Pattern for Pirates Joggers

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It’s not very often I get to sew for my big boys so I jumped at the chance to test Pattern for Pirates newest joggers.  Best part- there is a pattern for the whole family!

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On any given day in our house at least 3 or 4 of us are sporting joggers of some kind.  My big boys live in their woven ready-to-wear versions and love to lounge around in comfy knit ones too.  My littlest will ALWAYS pick ‘soft pants’ and I can’t make them fast enough for him.  Now me, you know I’m a fan (here, here, and here).

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This guy is growing like a weed and we have the hardest time finding pants long enough for him.  These are perfect for him!  We didn’t need to add length this time but it will be an easy alteration in the future.

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He likes his joggers nice and skinny and was pretty happy with the fit of these- loose through the hip and thigh and tapered calf and ankle.

For his, we did slat pockets, elastic waist with drawstring, and cuffed bottoms.

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This guy is still tiny!  He’s finally growing a bit but his waist/hips are staying slim.  The fit on him is a bit bigger since I went with his waist measurement and not his hips which would have took him down a size or two.

He likes the fit and has worn them any chance they’re clean.

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His pants feature the patch pockets, elastic waistband and rolled hem.

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A winning combo!

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Charlie is super easy to please.  He picked his fabrics and is one happy camper!  All of the fabric for our group shoot is from the lovely Raspberry Creek Fabrics.

His love of comfy pants is hard because he’s got a tiny waist and long legs.  RTW elastic waist pants are usually too big in the waist for him.  So unfortunately (wink, wink) mom has to sew him a drawerful of cute pants.

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These are a size 5 with a 4 yoga waistband.  The yoga waistband totally ups the comfort factor even more!

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I struggle with fitting my calfs in other jogger patterns and I love that calf measurements are included in these.  I made a size small graded to a large at the calf and then back down to a small at the ankle.  The fit is just perfect!

Make sure to pick up your copies today! You can get the bundle or buy them separately- Baby Bear, Mama Bear, and Papa Bear.

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Raspberry Creek Club Fabrics Line 4

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Raspberry Creek Fabrics has done it again!  The newest CLUB fabrics line is almost here and it could be my favorite yet! (Available for preorder here.)

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These fabrics coordinate so well and are perfect for fall!  Each print will be available on 9 oz. Cotton Lycra AND 4-way stretch French Terry.  Grey, black, and navy stripes will also be back- hurray!

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It was so fun to get together with our friends, Diana the genius behind Raspberry Creek and Emily of Enjoyful Makes, to shoot this fun new line!

Cute Grace is wearing the Hey June Camden Raglan in the new Navy Magenta Floral and Navy Polka Dot with a Deep Magenta neckband.  I love the dots/floral combo.

I’m going to need my own version of this top.  The Magenta Floral on Heathered Grey is so pretty!  Paired with the deep magenta and Navy Cotton Lycra it’s the cutest Jolly Roger Raglan I ever did see.

My little guy also got a Jolly Roger.  His is a classic combo-Mustard yellow stripes, Light Grey, and navy.  I can’t wait to sew him up a few more in all the great stripes headed to the shop.

Halle’s darling Figgy’s Stellar Tunic is my favorite!  I love this Purple Lightweight Chambray  paired with the gorgeous grey floral.  It looks fab with a touch of navy and mustard.

The Navy and Grey Triangles are perfect for boys and girls of all ages.  My girly flipped over her Love Notions Miss Mary Mack made with the triangles and deep magenta cotton lycra.

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I love seeing them all together!  Such cute kiddos looking their best in these darling fabrics!

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Oh how I love these goofy kids!

Make sure you pick up the new line at preorder pricing (savings of $1 a yard!) until November 4th!  Stripes are available and shipping now and the other prints are beginning to trickle in.  I can’t wait to see what everyone makes with these amazing prints!

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Back to School Tour

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I sure love all this Back to School sewing I’ve been doing, especially the chance to get some boy sewing done!  Today I’m on the Back to School Blog Tour hosted by Lulu and Celeste and Sprouting JubeJube.  Of course, there’s lots of prizes and discounts for you, too!

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This little guy can’t wait to head back to pre-school in a couple of weeks.  He’ll be doing it in comfy style thanks to a few of my favorite patterns. (This post contains some affiliate links.  I receive a small commission if you purchase through them that will be turned around to get more fabric to then convince you to buy more patterns 😉

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I used the Jolly Roger Raglan from Patterns for Pirates paired with the Boxwood Joggers from Sew Like My Mom.  Such a comfortable, stylish outfit that he will grab again and again.

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He absolutely loves the pockets- perfect for Hot Wheels and Legos!

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The slim fit is so cute and makes these joggers hip and so, so cool!

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The Jolly Roger is a pattern that will be a staple for him.  A basic raglan is essential for little boys.  The relaxed fit is perfect for his little toddler belly (which is quickly disappearing, sniff, sniff). I think he’s doing his best supermodel smolder here for you 🙂

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This is the kind of outfit any little boy would love!

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Outfit number two is another classic combo with a twist.  I’ve been wanting to make him some Moto Maxx joggers from Love Notions forever.  They are full of awesome details that really make them look straight out of the department store.

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Double layer, reinforced knees will make these pants last longer and also up the cool factor.

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Lots of top stitching may take a bit more time but is so worth it.

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For his top I used the new Rowan Raglan from Made for Mermaids.  He really wanted a hooded t-shirt and this pattern is full of options so it was perfect.

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I never think to do raglans in a single fabric but will definitely be doing it more often now- duh!

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Almost all my fabric for these outfits came from Raspberry Creek Fabrics.  Their selection of french terry is constantly being updated so make sure you check back often.  The Boxwood Joggers and Moto Maxx pants are both made from french terry she carried (the black is usually in stock but the blue and stripes were one-time-buys).  The Jolly Roger was made with cotton/lycra from the shop also.

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The Rowan was made with a super soft sweater knit I picked up in LA.

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Now for the good stuff!  There are so many goodies up for grabs. Just look at all the amazing sponsors!

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Head on over to Sprouting JubeJube to enter the Link-up for a huge prize package.  You can also get all the info on some killer sales to help you create that back to school wardrobe you’ve been dreaming up.

Today’s prize is 1 PDF pattern from Modkid and 1 PDF pattern from Audrey & Tiffany
*excludes bundles
Runs from August 25 12:00 am EDT until August 26th at 11:59pm EDT.

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Check out the rest of today’s stops on the tour:

Create 3.5 Sweeter Than CupcakesThe Wining WifePaisley RootsThe Eli Monster

And make sure to visit the rest of the bloggers packing this tour with fantastic back to school inspiration!

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Call Ajaire * The Wholesome Mama * Sew and Tell Project * BLAVERRY * DIY Crush * Phat Quarters * Mahlica Designs * Handmade Boy * Kaleidothought * The Berry Bunch * Filles A Maman * Sprouting JubeJube * Sew Happily Ever After * Tales of a Tester * 5 out of 4 Patterns * The Crafting Fiend * Create 3.5 * Sew Sophie Lynn * Sweeter Than Cupcakes * Wining Wife * Paisley Roots * The Eli Monster * Cindy Parrett Blog * Sew Starly * Élégantine! * Gracious Threads * Lulu & Celeste * Sewing By Ti * Amazing Adventures with Bubba and Bug * Simple Life Pattern Co. Blog * Inspinration * Mama You Can Make it For Me * Moon Star