Suit Up For Summer Raspberry Creek Fabrics Day 3

I can't believe we're already half way through the Suit Up For Summer swim tour!  
Today's post is a bit longer because I'm writing the process on how this suit came to be and a little of my adventure making it, so lets crack on!
You will also see some gorgeous and adorable inspiration from these bloggers today!
Mabey She Made It / Little Fish ApparelPear Berry Lane / Heather Handmade

I'll start with the fabric. The main fabric is Fish on Navy, which is on pre-order due to the base fabric not being in stock. Then the Navy and White stripes are from Raspberry Creek's Swim line from 2017......
I didn't purposely mean to choose a matching fabric that is unavailable (or did I?? I'm totally joking. I definitely did not intend to make you all pine for something unavailable). The Fish fabric was actually supposed to be a Rash Guard for Jude, but I didn't quite order enough and was a few inches short, so I had to come up with a plan B. So I put my second idea into motion and you will get to see THAT swimsuit tomorrow. After making that swimsuit I had just enough fabric to eek out this top for Paisley and I'm so glad I did! It turned out absolutely perfect!

For the pattern, I started off with Boo Designs Flounce Dress for the top and Swimmers for the bottoms. I was originally going to make this into a two piece, but I just wasn't feeling it. So then the idea to make it into a one piece came into play and I went for it! Both top and bottom are size 6. I added 2.5" to the top of the swimmer classic bottoms front and back so it would be long enough to attach to the top and graded it out. I could have had it go in just a bit more, but I really love how the end product turned out, so it's all good!
I cut the bottoms out of 1 piece and clearly wasn't thinking about the stripes lining up. And yes, it's driving me crazy! After I cut out the top and bottoms, I decided to sew them together and lay the entire piece onto my swim lining and cut it out that way, so that seam in the middle is nicely encased and not being a giant bother to Paisley. And from experience, ALWAYS line your suits! Or at least the crotch area. The first swimsuits I made for my girls we had some see-through issues and they got some massive camel toe too because of having zero lining, so yes. It's a need. Do it!

After that I was onto finishing edges with bias.
I BROKE my double needle you guys! I got most of the way through making all of it and it broke right at the midpoint of the last armband. I didn't have any extra ones (I REALLY need to order a lot more!) so I used a zig-zag stitch for the remaining little bit. Luckily it was the back part, so it's not terribly noticeable (although if you zoom into this next pic you can see it!).

And, in case you're wondering, I do have to do some fun blending of sizes for pretty much all of my kiddo's. Paisley is a size 5/6 chest, waist, hips and a 10/12 for length. Her little arms are very twiggy though, so most times I don't have to adjust the armscye like I do my other kids. Her height is also in her legs (like me!) so I don't have to adjust rise or trunk length too much for her.

I did change how the armbands go.... In the pattern I was supposed to have the back go straight across and have the bands come around and attach criss-cross. Since I cut out the flounce version, I improvised and made it so the bands tied. I tacked them down so they can't come untied and will stay little bows on her shoulders. I really love how it turned out!

For being a last minute-crazy-whirlwind idea, it's one of my favorites!

Other things that helps to have is:
A double needle (or coverstitch machine!)
Swim Elastic (I bought this roll from Wawak 3 years ago and still haven't run out!)
Polyester Thread since chlorine in pools likes to eat cotton thread. I have used Wooly Nylon thread in the past, and it works great if you're just doing a zig-zag stitch, but I've always had issues when it comes to using it with the double needles. It likes to break a lot, although that could be me sewing too fast possibly.....
I also serge all of my edges (just don't cut into your elastic!) and that's especially helpful if you're using clear elastic.
And that's for all of my tips!

Make sure to check out the other bloggers on the tour today!

Friday: Its Liesel / Amber Lauren Boutique / Violette Field Threads / Confetti Unicorn

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