When I started sewing a couple of years ago, I never thought I’d be sewing swimsuits. Honestly though, they’re one of the most beneficial things that I sew that actually fit my kids, and fit them well! All the store bought swimsuits never fit them correctly. Either they’re too big in the bum so they’re long enough for my kids, or too short but fit them in the width. As you can imagine, I have tall and skinny kids. The store bought suits just don’t fit right. Sewing is the one thing I can do to give them a good fitting suit that isn’t falling off of them.
If you’ve followed me for long, either here or on Instagram, you know my love for Raspberry Creek Fabrics. I use them a lot, because well for one, they’re local to me. Second, they have great fabrics. This year’s swim line is no exception to their great prints. I spent most of last week sewing up all these beautiful fabrics. The thickness is perfect, and I didn’t even line many of these because they just didn’t need it.
This first suit, I used the Retro looking stripe in a board short fabric. I used the Long Beach Board Short pattern from New Horizons Designs. I did shorten them a couple of inches as the pattern is meant to go past the knees and I prefer them to go to the top of the knee for better movement.
This is definitely one of my favorite prints. I adore how these turned out. I feel like this pattern helped this print to stand out even more.
Next, I used this Circus floral swim fabric and paired it with the Circus dot swim. The two fabrics worked so well together. Since the fabrics are printed in house at Raspberry Creek, the colors match exactly. I made the Lorelei swimsuit from Simple Life Pattern Company. This is one of my favorite swimsuit patterns. It’s just too cute, and the fit is perfect for my girl every time!
I paired my suit with some board shorts using the Swim and Surf shorts pattern from Gracious Threads in the swim length. I used the solid navy board short fabric from Raspberry Creek with some double fold white bias tape that I grabbed locally. I made these last year, and I wear them whenever we go swimming. They’re a staple for me in the summer.
All the swim fabrics that contain navy are currently on pre-order while the mill makes some more of the original swim base, as the replacement they sent doesn’t give the same results as the original swim base. As soon as the original base comes in, they will ship out the navy printed fabrics to customers. Sorry for the delay, but at least this way you know you’ll be getting the highest quality fabrics and standards that RCF stands for.
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