Welcome to day FOUR of the 2020 Swim Sew Along with The Fabric Fairy! I am SO excited that you are here with me! Today we are going to focus on continuing to sew!
If you missed prior posts and want to catch up, they are here:
Getting ready for the 2020 Fabric Fairy Swim Sew A Long!
Talking Fabric – The Fabric Fairy 2020 Swim Sew Along
Talking Notions – The Fabric Fairy 2020 Swim Sew Along
Talking Patterns – The Fabric Fairy 2020 Swim Sew Along
The schedule is as follows:
March 23: Prepare patterns, fabrics, and notions
March 24: Cut your fabric
March 25: Begin Swimsuit
March 26: Continue (and/or finish) swimsuit WE ARE HERE!
March 27: Sew second item (this is now optional and is a bonus entry for prizes!)
March 28: Catch up day over the weekend
March 29: Post final makes in the final thread to be eligible for prizes!
So, let’s get to it!
Today, I’m going to chat about sewing the Daybreak Swim Hack by Striped Swallow Designs and the North Shore Swimsuit Scoop Bottoms by Greenstyle Creations.
Be sure to refer back to the Talking Patterns post to check out some tutorials or Sew Alongs for other patterns that I am not making!
I have wanted this swim top since last summer! I love wearing two piece suits, but sometimes want something with a bit more coverage. I was so excited when I saw the tutorial on the Striped Swallow Designs website! Because you can head over there for instructions, I won’t go over too many details here.
I am going to talk about how I modified the lining to make it possible to use removable cups! I used more of the Carbon White Ultralight Poly Lycra Tricot Fabric for the lining. When cutting, you will need to cut one additional front and back lining from what is mentioned in the hack tutorial.
I used the technique that is used often by Greenstyle Creations in some of their bra/swim top patterns. To begin, you’ll sew one set of front and back lining pieces together as normal. For the other set, you’ll pin or clip them together at the side seams, but you’ll leave about 1-1.5″ open in the middle. So, I sew down from the top about 3/4″ and up from the bottom about 3/4″ on both sides. I use my sewing machine for this for accuracy, but you can use a serger. This will be the opening for your cups.
At this point, you’re going to want to try them on and make sure the lining pieces are snug enough that your bra cups will not move around. I had to take mine in a bit. Next, you are going to baste your lining pieces together at the top and bottom. Make sure that you have wrong sides together on this step!
I used the Air Brush Leopard Nylon Spandex Swimsuit Fabric as my main fabric and I LOVE it. From here on out, you can follow the rest of the tutorial on SSD’s website, and just treat your basted lining pieces as one. When you’re finished and ready to wear your swimsuit, you can slide your cups in!
Next up, let’s chat about the North Shore Swimsuit Scoop Bottoms by Greenstyle Creations. Don’t forget to use code FFSwimSAL for 15% off all Greenstyle Patterns through March 29th!
Again, I’m going to refer you out to Sharon’s blog for a great sew along she led with the North Shore Swimsuit. She has great videos for all options of the suit. Here is her post for sewing the bottoms!
I opted to not make the reversible bottoms. I cut my pieces as normal and basting the main fabric and lining together. From there, I serged my elastic to the lining side and flipped under and topstitched like the other bottoms in the North Shore collection. I’ve seen in the Greenstyle Facebook group that some add a little bit of width at the bottom to account for the turning and topstitching of the elastic, but mine fits without.
I used the South Beach Nylon Spandex Swimsuit Fabric. Although it is not a PERFECT match, it is pretty darn close. I don’t wear much pink or purple, so pairing this suit with the blue bottoms help neutralize things for me. 🙂
One reason I like this swim bottoms pattern so much besides the fit is because of the way the elastic is sewn! When sewing the elastic around the legs, you want to sew the elastic about 1-1 in the front and only stretch the elastic from the lower seam around the back to the side seam. This always gives me a really great fit!
Stay tuned for tomorrow! I’ll be chatting about sewing up the Beach Coverup by Ellie & Mac!
As always, let me know if you have any questions or comments! Thanks for stopping by!
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