Hey there! I’m up today on the Suit Up for Summer Blog Tour hosted by Sew Sophie Lynn & Paisley Roots! If you haven’t been following along, be sure to scroll down and visit all of the other blogger links at the end of my post – there are over 20 bloggers participating and sharing their summer swimwear makes for girls, boys, women, and men. There are several amazing sponsors and of course, some fabulous giveaways as well! Today I am going to be sharing 2 swimsuit patterns that I absolutely ADORE for my almost 6 year old daughter!
First up is the Alley Cat Leotard pattern by Lil Luxe Collection. This pattern is insanely versatile, and the leotard is just one of many options available! I’ve seen so many people posting their “ACR leo’s” on FB & IG and I’ve been dying to make one for Maci, so this was the perfect opportunity to sew one up!
There is an option to do a sleeveless leotard, which you might assume one would use for a swimsuit. But as I was cutting my pattern, I thought about Maci’s store bought swimsuit from Target and the matching rash guard it came with. So, in the name of sun protection, I went with a short sleeved swimsuit instead. A little extra skin coverage can’t hurt, right?! I think this swimsuit will actually do double duty and get worn to dance class as well. And let me tell you about this beautiful swim fabric from one of the tour sponsors – The Fabric Fairy. The black on black design is to-die-for and the quality is amazing. It has a super nice weight to it which makes it pleasant to work with. I wish I could hoard 100 yards of it! 😉
Alright, back to the pattern! The body of the leotard is fully lined, so it’s very comfortable to wear (no exposed crotch seams!) and it provides great coverage. I can tell you that I completely adore it and would recommend it to everyone! I love when a pattern can serve multiple purposes, and it’s even better when the fit is perfect based on the included size chart. I made a 6x length with 7 width and it’s spot on! The instructions are clear and easy to follow, the end result is lovely, and I will definitely be adding more Lil Luxe Collection patterns to my stash.
When I heard that My Childhood Treasures was a tour sponsor, I had the hardest time trying to decide which pattern I wanted to sew up! I eventually decided that Leotard/Swimsuit #7 was “the one”. I love the vintage-ish feel with the vertical colorblocking, and that big old bow on the front really sucked me in! This pattern also appeared to offer some great booty-coverage, so I knew I had to give it a shot! Maci has a little junk in her trunk and it’s always a bonus to be able to keep it covered 🙂
Another tour sponsor (and one of my favorite fabric shops) Raspberry Creek Fabrics recently began offering their custom printed fabrics on a swim base! I was so excited to have the opportunity to sew up a strike-off of the swim fabric for this post. The new line, called Modern Maritime by Corinne Wells, features tons of cute beach worthy prints, perfect for summer sewing! I love this Sea Floor print and it coordinates perfectly with this solid Dusty Aqua matte swim fabric also from the shop. Both the solid and the print feature a gorgeous matte finish which makes them a breeze to work with. The weight of the fabric is so substantial (and amazing!) that I didn’t feel the need to do a full lining, so I went with a crotch lining only instead.
This pattern includes two strap options, so I went with the halter tie to give it a very “swimwear” look. The other strap option will be perfect for dance leotards! Since trying this pattern out for the blog tour, I have sewn up a couple other My Childhood Treasures patterns and I’ve loved every single one of them! They even have a free bikini bottom pattern for girls available on their site. I’ve sewn up the high-waisted swim bottoms which you can see here, as well as their asymmetrical gym/dance top and gym shorts which you can see here and here! All of their patterns have been easy to put together, and have clear instructions which give you fantastic results! The fit of these patterns has been wonderful as well and I love the “ballet leg line” and the ample bum coverage. I do wish a trunk measurement was included on the one piece patterns since I had a hard time measuring Maci’s “back waist length”. Next time around, I’ll just add a little extra length for my tall child!
Well, that’s all I have for you today! If you’re looking for adorable patterns to create swim OR dance wear for your little girl, you can trust that you’ll be happy with either (or both!) of these wonderful patterns! If you are looking for swim or dance fabric, both the Fabric Fairy and Raspberry Creek Fabrics are fantastic sources.
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