Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Advanced Sewing Swim Lesson: Using multiple patterns to create a swim capsule

 Today we're lucky enough to have one of the MOST creative swimwear sewists with us sharing her tips for using multiple patterns to create a swim capsule.  Jenny of Made of Starlite is here to teach us all how to UP our sewing game.  

Be sure to follow Jenny on Instagram for your chance to win a pattern from the shop!

All fabrics are from CaliFabrics, one of our favorite places to but swimwear fabric.

I have sewn a lot of swimsuits this year. 😜 Between designing the Saltillo Swimsuit for the Project Jet Set pattern collection and the accompanying blog tour, plus teaching some teens to sew swim, I'm coming in at 15! Which is way too many for my one girl to wear, even if it is "sweaty weather" (according to my 5-year-old).

Therefore, I decided to round up a few more models for this blog tour. My BFF was only too happy to loan her daughters to the cause. These girls have been friends since birth! Since they are all budding artists, I got out the colored pencils, printed out all line drawings from all the suits in the Project Run and Play shop, showed them their fabric options, and let the go to town!

I really wanted them to coordinate, if not outright match, and luckily, they all loved this beautiful floral from Cali Fabrics. This print was purchased in 2020, but there are so many beautiful options again this season, you're sure to find one (or five!) that you can't live without. 😏 And at such incredible prices, you can go ahead and get them all!

I did something completely out of character for me, and followed the patterns without any hacks! *Aside from one tiny modification in hemline. That has to be a first for a blog tour! πŸ˜‚ Don't worry, my second collection has so many hacks, you won't even recognize the patterns. But today, we have two Saltillos, a Sorbetto top (shortened to waist length) and Viridian bottoms.

I won't lie, I was not sure about the solid lavender with the floral. But my friend and I agree that it's totally adorable!! And each off these suits fit their designer's personality to a T.

For the pre-teen, the Sorbetto Tankini had the sleek design, she was looking for, with great color-blocking on the sides. And when you still want the coverage and femininity of a skirt, but nothing too ruffley or flouncey, Viridian comes through with high waisted bottoms with an A-line skirt in the perfect length to help a tween feel confident. That is my absolute favorite thing about sewing swim for others: helping them look great and feel great in swimwear made to fit!

These two nut jobs love all things ruffley and flouncey, so they added alllllllll the ruffles Saltillo has to offer! πŸ˜† We did a little Mom-editing, and pulled back to a socially acceptable number or flounces and ruffles for each suit.

They were killing us with their poses. Definitely earned their post-photoshoot ice cream!

Swim is one of my favorite things to sew!! Swimsuits are endlessly customizable, take relatively little fabric, and are super quick, once you have the techniques down.

Everyone was totally slap happy silly by the end. As usually happens with friends. πŸ€£πŸ˜œπŸ™„

Thanks for being here for my stop on the Swim Lessons Tour! See you next week, when I break all the rules with my LoveShackFancy inspired collection and some adorable cousins! Can't wait! 😍😍😍😍

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