This summer I feel like I've dedicated my time to sewing swimsuits... I have this one that I started last summer that I'm finally finishing now. And then I received an email asking if I'd like to partake in Call Ajaire's, Gracious Threads and The Wolf and The Tree's Summer Swimsuit Tour... Ummm, yes!! After all, a girl needs all the suits she can get her hands on ;)
For our posts, we got to pick from a selection of three newly released patterns, the Classic Maillot, the Swim and Surf Shorts and the Just Keep Swimming Suit. I'd been meaning to sew A a swimsuit with a rash guard for those days when we spend the ENTIRE day outside, in and around the water, to minimize outfit changes. So I went ahead and picked the Just Keep Swimming suit. I've also printed out the classic maillot for later to make one for the babe!! Can't say how excited I am.... But I'm veering off track here!
This pattern comes loaded with option, including bikini, crop and tankini length, sleeveless to long sleeves, and shorts or brief bottoms with two rises. Oh and don't forget the colour blocking option! Which clearly I picked ;) I loooooved the look of the colour blocking, and had this idea for a swimsuit of warm tones. I headed to a new local fabric shop with this in mind ( similar to Fabricland in a way) and they happened to have the exact colours I was looking for! My luck!! Because that never happens I tell ya.
So I brought it all home, checked her chest measurements and height and went ahead with the size 5. The top fit her perfectly! A little loose around the neckline but I'm blaming my fabric (I only realized after I got home that it was 2 way spandex, rather then the ideal 4 way), and the recovery isn't the greatest. For the options on the top, I went with the crop top length, colour blocked and the short sleeves. I didn't add any length, since I wanted it to sit up a bit higher then her belly button. This will be a perfect wear! It's already seen a good day of use with a water balloon fight.
Meanwhile, the bottoms.... Yup, they're clearly not pictured! Because I a) didn't go by her waist/hip measurements for that so I cut a size too small and b) this fabric doesn't have that huge amount of stretch you'd expect from swimsuit fabric so I couldn't even save them with that! Ugh, darn fabric. Other then that, I had sewn up the size 5 bikini brief bottoms, and it went well! But I'll have to recut a larger size.
This is my first The Wolf and The Tree pattern that I've made. I have the Abby Socks but I just haven't gotten around to make them yet. But overall, I was super happy with it! The instructions and illustrations were clear, and the pieces well set up for printing. So I'm looking forward to doing the socks soon.
The tour just started yesterday! So make sure to hop on over and check out everyone's posts. And there's also an amazing giveaway here. OOOOOhhh and finally, discount codes! The lovely ladies are all offering discounts in their shops. So here are the codes and links to their shops
Call Ajaire is offering 20% off using code SWIMTOUR
Gracious Threads is offering 15% off the purchase of 3 or more patterns (no code)
The Wolf and The Tree is offering 15% off using code SWIMTOUR