Suit up for summer tour – Under it all

Welcome to the Suit up for Summer Tour!

Over the years, I have made many swimming suits. Sewing swimwear is NOT HARD.  I know people get intimidated by sewing them, but it really is much easier than it may appear.

Most of the swimsuits I have made over the years have been for my daughter.  These were pretty much all the suits I made for her, and they were all self drafted but one.  The earlier ones were made with just a sewing machine, and I generally still do use my sewing machine a lot during construction.

These were the suits I made for myself, and the first ones were self-drafted, but I used a pattern for the most recent one.

I also kind of want to slap myself.  The first three swimsuits I am modeling I was so self-conscious since I felt fat.  Yeah, that was 20 lbs ago, so I wish I looked that fat right now!

For boys suits, I have not made my son’s suits historically.  I finally made him one this spring, and have purchased more fabric for additional boardshorts.  I used the Jalie boys/mens boardshort pattern.  Boardshort fabric is not the easiest to find, but I have found some at Zenith & Quasar and Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop.

Swimsuits are not difficult to sew.  They can actually be pretty quick to make!  It depends on how much you want to do.  A simple one piece suit can be whipped up pretty quick.

There are different weights of swimsuit fabric.  The lighter weight can be used as lining, though, from experience, it can be difficult to sew.  I was about ripping my hair out trying to sew this pink fabric, which is why I used it as a lining and flounce over the main fabric.

I would steer towards the heavier weight fabrics, which tend to be easier to sew.  If it truly is heavy weight, you may just need a lining for the crotch piece and maybe across the chest.  If your main color is light, I would try to line the whole thing.  I buy my lining fabric from either Sew Sassy or Zenith & Quasar.

I like to put bra cups in my suits, and I buy mine from Sew SassyI have detailed photos here for putting in bra cups.  Just smooth it over the lining, without stretching the lining, and zigzag them onto the lining fabric.  I put the cups in between the lining and main fabric when sewing it up.

Here is the new suit I made for myself for this swimsuit tour.

I had been wanting to make a suit with the 5 out of 4 Agility Tank and Riptide Shorties.  Jessica graciously offered up these patterns for the tour.

This is very much a “mom swimsuit”.  It is not tight and revealing, and it is comfy.  I don’t have to worry about my belly pooch in this one.

I have to admit, this was not a fast and easy sew.  The bindings on the tank were a bit time consuming.  You attach one side of the bindings, along with clear elastic, and then pull it over to the opposite side and stitch down.  You then trim the excess.  I did turned the hem under for the straps, so it looked cleaner.  Not sure what is better.

I used almost an entire package of clear elastic on the suit.

I added cups to the lining of the bodice, but I think I put them too low.  I think they should be higher, since the neckline overall seemed too high.  The shoulder straps do hit at my shoulder, so next time I think I will scoop out the neckline more.

Yes, I only had black cups in my stash, but they didn’t show through.

The reversible shorties were a size too big, so I had to redo the leg elastic since it was way too loose.  I gathered the elastic a bit so they hugged my legs more.  I have chicken legs, so my thighs are generally the last place I gain weight.  I did a medium and should have made a small.  I have a thick waist that doesn’t reflect my butt and hips.  I am definitely a rectangle body shape.

I added a micro mesh in between the waist pieces to give it a bit more suck-it-in. The pretty patterned fabric was a pre-order I purchased (I had the matching solid already).





This is a suit that will get a lot of wear.  I don’t feel self-conscious in it at all and don’t feel like I will fall out of it.  A great suit!

Thanks for visiting and be sure to check out the rest of the ladies on the tour!

Hosted by Sew Sophie Lynn & Paisley Roots
Pear Berry Lane / Inspinration / It’s Liesel / Sewing For Four
Harper Lu / Call Ajaire / Stylin Stacy / Skirt Fixation
Sewing By Ti / Sewing With Sarah / Sew & TellMe Made
Made By Melli / Life Sew Savory / That’s What She Crafted / Auschick
Rebel & Malice / EYMM / Stitching & Making / Lilliepawillie

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Me Made May – Week #3

Here we are at week #3!  I am trying not to wear the same thing twice, and that doesn’t appear to be an issue so far.  I have a lot of clothes that I have made over the years.  This was a very rainy and wet and COLD week, so not much for outside pictures.

Day #15

Day #16

Day #17

Day #18

Day #19

  • Tunic made from Naptime Creations Slouchy Sweatshirt (elongated, with wider band and cowl) – not blogged
  • Love Notions Canyon Vest

Leggings – CAbi – RTW

Day #20

  • Ponte and leather leggings

Sweater and undershirt – RTW

Day #21

I ended up just wearing the top from Day #12 over some jeans.  It was a mostly lazy day at home.

Now onto the last full week!



Roses and thorns

I like a good theme-centric project to get my wheels turning.  This one was related to the intended fabric, which was inspired by the 1996 movie, The Craft.  The plotline was centered around a group of girls that aspired to be witches, and luckily it was actually on Netflix so I could reacquaint myself with the plot-line.

They dress very goth-like, so that brings joy to my little inner black-clothes lover.  Bonus, the fabric had red and black in it, so it was right up my alley.

RP Custom Fabric – Craft Roses in cotton lycra

I pondered several different designs, and finally settled on this one.

This is my draft of a tulip hem, 4-gore maxi skirt with some embellishments.

The back gore is cut in half, and I added a bit more swoosh into that piece.

Nope, not doing a mini skirt.

I also added to the seams a pleather bias tape that I had purchased some years back.

The Craft Roses fabric is cotton lycra and the black fabric is ponte.  I wanted to integrate my rose drawing into it, so that was something I added to the side panels.

I drew a vine out and added some randomly placed roses.  I added the Silhouette cut file to the Google Drive folder on the side, along with the picture of the cut file if you don’t have a Silhouette (sorry no .jpg of the thorns, since that was somehow corrupted).

I used two of the vine pieces, along with a large rose in the middle, medium roses on the ends and two small ones in the middle.

I needed a matching top, of course, so I searched Pinterest for some goth-worthy designs.  So many options!  I also went to the fabric store and bought pretty much every knit that was black.  I love the great variety I find when I go there.  I purchased some rose fabric on a 2 way stretch sheer base.

I decided to use the rose fabric for some full half sleeves and then ponte and the Craft Roses fabric for the main part.  This was my own pattern draft of a princess seamed shirt.  I made it at least 5 years ago, and just tweak it a bit as my sizing changes.  I think this top pattern would be interesting as a dress.  I might have to work on that drafting.

I messed up the neckline.  It was supposed to go across the breastbone like this, and instead it is high enough to choke a person.  Sooooo…I flipped it to the back, added some hardware and called it a “design feature”.

I need to paint my nails black while wearing this methinks. 😉 Midnight was not as into pictures as one would assume. 😉

The pre-order for this fabric is up at RP Custom Fabrics.  Here is the order form for it.  It will be open from May 20-June 7.

















Me Made May – Week #2

Here we are at week #3, and my pictures from last week.  I have a hard time getting pictures during the weekends.  This weekend was super, super busy, too, so it just didn’t happen for the most part.

Day #8

  • Draped shirt – not blogged
  • Animal print skirt – can’t find the blogpost – I made it in 2012.

Day #9

Day #10

Red jacket – purchased

Day #11

Day #12

  • Yoke knit top (not blogged)

Jeans – purchased

Day #13

  • Wore my firebird skort with a draped front top, then
  • Made this poly lycra sheath (not blogged yet – I will get better pictures and show this soonish)

Bad picture.  Took something quick before running out to dinner. It was a busy weekend.

Day #14

Wore this skort with a RTW shirt.

That is it for week #2.  Wore at least one thing I made each day!



The annual birthday outfit

I generally try to sew something up for the girl for her birthday, since it is a special day.  Having my birthday 2 weeks before Christmas makes you appreciate people actually remembering that you have a birthday. 😉

This was a last minute, start at 10:30pm and finish at 1 am, outfit.

The fabric is a brushed poly-type of knit, though not what you would think when describing this type of fabric.  This is not the LuLaRoe legging fabric, but a quality thick poly.

The skirt is a full circle and has shorts sewn underneath.  No problem in spinning in this one.  The top is a simple top, HTV design of my own making and lace sleeves.

I made the outfit to match her shoes that I designed for her, and the fabric does match.  It is a little yellow on the pictures above.  Quick pics before school and not the best focus!

My next project is a strike off sample that I have been mulling around in my head as to what direction to take it.  It will be pretty fun!  Then, I really, really need to get that gun holster made!  I hate having things sitting over my head for other people.  I also have a zipper to replace on my Dad’s jacket, but he won’t need it until the fall. 😉




MeMadeMay – Week #1

I tried to get pictures of most days, but failed this weekend.  My weekend wears were not all that exciting anyways. 🙂

Day #1

Day #2

Sweater was a gift.

Day #3

Jeans were purchased.

Day #4

Sweater was purchased.

Day #5

Day #6

Wore this shirt with some black capri jeans

Day #7

Wore this shirt with jeans and a black fleece jacket.  We went to a baseball game, so nothing fancy going on.

So…week one is a wrap and I will try to get pictures as the month progresses!

Dresses for the girls

I finally used up some of my cotton woven fabric that had been getting dusty, and made these two summer dresses up.  These will be headed to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as a part of the charity Sew for Kids.   The group tries to get some nice summer clothes to the kids that they can wear over the summer.  It is very much appreciated by the girls.

I made these both in a straight size 12 in the Mia’s Tie-back dress from The Simple Life Pattern Company.

I did a few things different, and didn’t use as much bias binding as the pattern says.  I like how the website shows pictures with just a loop and button, so I would probably do that next time.

This fabric is from Riley Blake and was the Simple Simon and Company collection from a few years ago.

This version is just the plain version of the skirt.  I bought this fabric many years ago (maybe five), so probably hard to find now.  The stripe is Mary Englebright and the Red Print is from Timeless Treasures.  The red was hard to photograph…it is actually a deeper red color and not so orange.

Now I need to go through my stash and see what else I can sew up for the girls.  It is kind of fun to get some dresses made, since I used to make so many of them when my daughter was smaller.  I want to get a few more made before sending them out, so hopefully I can get that done in the next few weeks.


I love damask, which really shouldn’t be a surprise since I draw it quite often!

This damask print is part of the current round open at RP Custom Fabrics and it is inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  The other prints are closer to a Tiffany blue, though.  This one seems to be closer to a turquoise color, which is still very pretty.

I know this because I got a gift at work for Christmas one year that was a silver bracelet from Tiffany’s.  I still have the box, though the bracelet was stolen when I was a dumb dumb and left it out at a hotel in Vegas.  Yep…it somehow “disappeared”.

So, this top was a bit of a challenge.  In fitting and getting the HTV vinyl on the front (nope, not a panel…that is my drawing).  The HTV was actually a different, far longer design.  I had let a piece overlap the edge of the cutting mat, and it caught and messed up the cutting.  I stopped it before it went over everything again off design, and just dealt with what was cut.  I wish there was a vinyl store that I could get things from locally, but I don’t.  This vinyl was from Expressions Vinyl.

I will try to remember to load the original cut file into the folder linked on the sidebar.  The design overlaps so it is longer.

The top was a highly hacked Sneha Tunic from Wardrobe by Me.  I basically  used the top pieces and the length of the skirt.  I should have used something more fitted, since it is a bit wide.  The skirt was longer originally, but it was not flattering at all.  I cut it to the sweet spot on my hip.

Overall, I think this turned out pretty.  I was questioning whether I would wear it when I finished it last night, but I think it works with skinny jeans.

Now I have another fabric on it’s way to me, and in the meantime I have a few dresses cut out to go to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation for the girls for summer.  I really want to get them sewn up and on the way to them, along with a few dresses that my daughter grew out of and were barely worn.  Hopefully, I have time to get it all done this week!


80’s revival

A few years ago I sewed up my girl an outfit inspired by Kira from The Dark Crystal.  She still wears it, too, and wants more like it.

Naturally, when Moonbeam Textiles created an 80’s movie inspired round including The Dark Crystal, and this order came up to sew up the samples, I jumped on it!

I received an infant/toddler panel of the crystal, an adult panel of the gelflings and a fat half of the coordinate.  The multiple panels had me stumped a bit on how to incorporate everything.  I decided on a design using the small panel for the tunic top and the larger panel for the skirt.  I added in some poly lycra, as there just wasn’t enough to do the whole skirt with the fabric I had left.

The pleat on the poly lycra was completely unintentional, since I cut the pieces too large.  Then, I serged one of the arms together incorrectly, which I noticed after top-stitching.

By brain is not thinking so well lately.  Sleep…need more of it!

I had to watch the DVD while sewing this up, because OF COURSE I have it.  It looks quite antiquated compared to the movies of today, but I still enjoy watching it.

I had to piece the back, so I added a pair of wings and some topstitching to camouflage the seam.

The leggings were very much pieced together using up bits of the fat half of the print and adult panel that were remaining.  The rest of the leggings were a jersey lycra I had that matched the browns.

She also has prints inspired by a few other 80’s movies, in addition to a group of coordinating colors.  Check it out on Moonbeam Textiles.










May plans…so many plans, so many games to keep me away from them

Ah yes, we have finally entered upon full on baseball and softball season.  It is 5-7 nights a week of either practice or games.  If it is practice, I can usually get something done, since we carpool with another family for baseball (hubby is the softball coach, so he is on for that!).

During April I was able to get a lot of what I wanted done, in addition to some fabric sample and pattern test sewing that always seems to come up unexpectedly.

May plans:

  • I really want to get more dresses sewn up to send to the Lakota kids.  I have a box ready to be sent out that includes some pretty shoes my daughter never wore (she has narrow feet…I have found buying online for her can be problematic).  I have plenty of cotton sitting there collecting dust and many patterns that I made for my girl from when she was young.  There are a few sundresses that I could make in my sleep, so I would like to make at least a few of them.

Right now I have two cut out from Simple Life Pattern Company that I had tested.  I am hoping to get them made up this week and then maybe get a few more cut out and made up in the next few weeks.  So…maybe set a goal of 5? dresses for May?

  • I really, really want to get a new black leather purse made since I sold the one I made for myself in January.  It will likely be similar to the one I made then.  If I have time I will try to make a tutorial on it.

  • A friend wants me to make him a leather gun holster with The Punisher on it.  That is a new project for me, so I need to figure out how I want to make the gun holster.  I have been looking at tutorials, so am about ready to dive in on it.

Then there is Me Made May, where all of us sewists try to wear what we make.  This is a bit of a no brainer for me, since I usually wear or carry something I have made everyday.  I did fairly well with it last year.  I will do a weekly round up post, instead of posting each day.

I also have another strike off sample to sew up.  I think I know what I will be making with it, and it won’t be too hard or time consuming.

I am sure there will be some other sewing sneaking in, but this is my plan so far.  Now that I am working on more strike off sample sewing, that seems to eat a bit into my time!