Suit Up for Summer Blog Tour: Boo! Ultimate Swimsuit

Ahhhh – the joys of Summer!

While we aren’t quite there yet, Memorial Day is right around the corner – which means trips to the swimming pool and sprinkler pads will become a much more regular part of our routine!  When Tami of Sew Sophie Lynn and Karly of Paisley Roots created this blog tour, I KNEW it would give me just the push I needed to try out a new skill – swimwear!

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I have been wanting to make a swimsuit for the last year (ever since I saw the Patterns for Pirates Siren and Hello Sailor swim set released) – but I have been SOOOO intimidated!  Like what is swimwear elastic?  Why is swimsuit fabric so expensive?  How will I ever make sure it fits?  I’ve sewn plenty of knits, but swimwear is a whole different ball game (or so I thought)…

 

 

I am thankful to Boo! Designs for allowing me to try out the Boo! Ultimate Swimsuit for this tour.  I learned a ton along the way, and thought I would use this post to share my “nuggets” for anyone else feeling too intimidated inspired to give it a try!

Lesson 1:  Check that stretch percentage!

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Not all swimwear knit is created equal!  I learned this the hard way after I finally cut into this pink and black polka dot fabric I have had in my stash forever!  I thought that because it was swimwear knit, it would automatically fall into the 70-75% stretch category – but I found out it did not!  It only stretched about 50% in one direction and 60% in the other!

Lesson 2:  Measure, Measure, and Measure again!

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I wasn’t terribly certain of how to take a trunk measurement on a toddler – I mean, those bellies make the cutest curves, but also make it a little hard to measure!  She kept wiggling around, and although I think I held the tape with a little room, I think I ended up with a measurement that makes the swimsuit fit with little room for error.  When I make another, I will likely size up the length so she is able to wear it through any growth spurts.

I also made the mistake of not adding seam allowance on my trial version to accommodate the skirt.  I thought that because she had ~1/4-1/2″ of room in my measurement, that she would be ok – but that was NOT the case!  If you are adding a skirt – remember to add in a seam allowance.

Lesson 3: It isn’t much more difficult than sewing brushed poly!

If you have a serger, and/or have been sewing other knits, you may be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is!  The instructions in the Ultimate Suit are pretty in-depth.  She thinks of all the things you need to know about fitting, serger/sewing machine tension, and finishing.  One thing I had a bit of trouble with was adding the elastic and topstitching.  But, I did get better with each incremental seam, so I think I see some fun swimwear in my own future (coordinating mommy and me set, anyone?).  Believe it or not, this pink paisley fabric is from Jo-Ann’s and I bought all they had in the store!  It makes a lovely (and colorful) swimsuit!

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Thanks for reading!  If you are interested in potentially winning an awesome prize pack of patterns, check out the So Sophie Lynn page to find the link up (link below).  I mean seriously – look at all these designers who were willing to participate:

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Ready to see what others have been up to on the tour? Below you can find links to the other seamstresses on the tour – let’s just say that my mind has been blown by the possibilities! I will definitely be trying some new to me pattern designers soon!

Hosted by Sew Sophie Lynn & Paisley Roots

Monday (5/22): Pear Berry Lane / Inspinration / It’s Liesel / Sewing For Four

Tuesday (5/23): Harper Lu / Call Ajaire / Stylin Stacy / Skirt Fixation

Wednesday (5/24): Sewing By Ti / Sewing With Sarah / Sew & TellMe Made

Thursday (5/25): Made By Melli / Life Sew Savory / That’s What She Crafted / Auschick

Friday(5/26): Rebel & Malice / EYMM / Stitching & Making / Lilliepawillie

15 thoughts

  1. Your daughter looks very happy with her new swimsuit! I love all of her expressions! Too cute! And yeah, what are you waiting on though? Make your own!

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  2. You did it!! It turned out so adorable on her!! Elastic is the trickiest part, but once you sew a few and get the tension right you’ll be unstoppable 🙂

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  3. Great suit and she looks adorable in it 🙂 And kudos to you for trying something that intimidated you! I made a swimsuit once … yeah, that’s the end of that story!

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      1. There are certain things that I just don’t enjoy making. Swimwear, athletic wear and outerwear top that list. I happily buy RTW for those. And the nice thing about swimwear is that I can almost always find nice suits on sale for WAY less than it would cost me to make it!

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      2. I haven’t bought a swimsuit, literally, in YEARS!! My short torso causes major issues with fit and Mother Nature/gravity require that I have proper support, lol! I’m going to work my way towards making one I feel comfortable with… Whether I’ll be ready to blog about it??? I think that’s a whole other story! 😂

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