Hello there my fellow crafty friends! I am so excited to be taking part in this years Raspberry Creek Fabrics Suit up for Summer Blog Tour!
I received this fabric courtesy of Raspberry Creek Fabrics, and you can grab your own amazing fabrics using the code SUITUP2021 for 15% off everything for the WHOLE weekend!
Every year I love seeing the club print collection grow, and this year is no different. The summer collection is full of bright vibrant colors, which are right up my alley.
A perk of being part of the blog tour meant that I got a sneak of all of the prints early. There was one print in particular that I just fell head over heels for and knew I NEEDED to have it. The striped cherries give off a vintage vibe that I am always trying to emulate in my sewing and I knew at that moment that there was no other choice. It needed to be the cherries.
In sticking with that vintage vibe I went for the classic red and white polka dot as my coordinate. It matches so perfectly and looks oh so cute!
There were so many amazing sponsors who offered their patterns up for us sewists to use, but I already had the perfect pattern in my stash that I was dying to try. The Panama suit from Striped Swallow Designs is SO cute and offered a pieced bodice which gave me the opportunity to create the high waist bottoms look while still being a one piece.
I’m going to be honest with you here… I am a swim novice. I do not particularly enjoy sewing swim. Once the swimsuit is done and I see my girls faces light up, I’m happy. But sewing swim? Hand me a glass of wine and a box of Kleenex because there will likely be tears.
I’d be lying to you if I said I didn’t shed a few tears sewing this suit. But, all in all, I am so happy with how cute it turned out.
A few things I’ll do differently next time:
The straps are very thin and very hard to turn. I will likely make my straps just slightly wider next time to make turning easier. I spent a good 20 minutes turning the first strap before my safety pin ripped through my elastic halfway through turning. Insert a swig of wine and one tissue here.
The elastic for the curves was 1:1, meaning when turned and topstitched the curves don’t lay flat. I ended up unpicking all of my elastic and removing length so that I could get everything to lay flat. Insert second swig of wine and tissue here.
Aside from these two issues, I am overall pretty pleased with how this swimsuit turned out. Especially since I experienced a few difficulties. Knowing the changes that I want to make for the next one, I think my next Panama will go much smoother!
Now head on over to the Raspberry Creek Fabrics Instagram account to enter in the extra big giveaway and give them some lovin’!
A huge thank you to our sponsors and don’t forget to check out today’s giveaway!!
Again, you can find the tour on Instagram with the hashtag: #suitupforsummer2021