Its one of my favorite weeks of the year in the sewiverse. It Suit up for Summer 2022! Raspberry Creek has my favorite swim fabric and I had such a hard time deciding what to make this year because all the prints were sooo good!
I knew I wanted a mommy & me coordinating suits (I’ll take it as long as she’s willing.) For this set we chose the Strawberry Fields collection. I’m ALWAYS drawn to Kim Henrie’s Designs and this year was no exception.
For myself I started with the Made for Mermaids Shelly pattern. I love the look of this pattern so much but it showed a little more skin than I like so I lengthened the top piece to be a bit longer. I also went for a 2 piece instead of a one piece. I wanted to be able to mix and match my bottoms. This top was conducive to adding a full bra. I like to do this whenever the pattern allows, it gives the most support and makes me feel more confident.
To add the bra I cut the straps at the back and threaded them through the gray straps. I tacked the straps and the back of the bra in the back of the suit. I can easily clasp the back of the bra and the back band covers it perfectly.
For my daughters coordinating suit I didn’t want to go too matchy matchy so I chose the Designs By Call Ajaire Diamondback Cami. This has such a fun back detail, and I used the mesh dots from the shop. I love how this pattern uses all fold over elastic and Ajaire’s instructions are fantastic.
We paired it with some Mairin Boy cut bottoms with an added ruffle.
All four of my boys immediately fell in love with the entire Jungle line.
For my oldest I used the Love Notions Kayak Boardshort pattern and paired the Tropical Leaf print with the solid charcoal boardshort and some white piping. I love the details on this pattern and instructions were well done. I particularly liked the construction method for the waistband.
For my twins I used the Sunflower Seams Monstera. I Loved the waistband construction on these. I also love loved the liner on this pattern. We went with the shorty version that is so trendy right now and It was a perfect fit for these skinny little boys.
This little miss has oodles of swimsuits and leotards in her drawer but I just can’t resist new prints and swimsuits take so little fabric so here we are making more.
Navy & Pink are one of my all-time favorite color combos so naturally I was very drawn to the On the Lawn collection. We enlisted the help of our BFF to model this fun swim capsule.
I wanted this floral top to be a swim suit but also something she could throw on with a pair of shorts with and look like she wasn’t headed to the pool. I went with the Little Lizard King Maui with the puffed sleeves. Bonus no sunburned shoulders! Did you know that RCF swim contains 50 SPF in it? Its true! I use the bikini bottoms from this pattern with the cute ruffle. I mixed designer collections on this suit. The Pink Polkadot from Strawberry Fields was a perfect match. They can also go perfectly with the strawberry tank above.
Initially I choose these stripes and flamingos for myself but the girls won out. It ended up being a perfect girls version of Made for Mermaids Shelly. We trimmed it with a solid blossom ruffle that I had in my stash.
My daughter is almost 11 but still fits in a size 6 width and an 8 height. Which makes it hard to find store bought suits that fit her well. Her BFF just happens to have almost identical measurements and the two love to match!
For our next top we used the extra flamingos to do a tankini that can be worn to the pool or the dance studio. I used the CKC Agatha top and lengthened it to cover her tummy. She has two pairs of solid blossom bottoms that still fit from previous years. They match this collection perfectly so she can mix & match to her hearts content.
These Shorties are the Chicka Chicka Bum Bums from Peekaboo Pattern shop.
The Peach Beach from Lil Luxe Co. has been on my list of patterns for years! I couldn’t wait to try it out, and it did not disappoint! This is a great pattern for color blocking. And all the seams are enclosed which makes the inside itch free! I did a combo of the bikini and one-piece and made a two piece in tankini length.
I mixed designer collections again on this one and used the Floral from on the Lawn and paired it with the Grunge Stripe from the Jungle collection. This suit coordinates well with her brothers dinos.
We’re aching for warmer weather over here so we can start using these new swimsuits. If you missed my post yesterday on the Raspberry Creek Blog head over and read all the tips. I’ve been sewing swimsuits for over 20 years! I’ve learned a thing or two. I’m so glad that Raspberry Creek has increased my options for cute swim fabric.
Thanks for Having me Raspberry Creek! Be sure to check out all the other amazing sewists on the Suit up for Summer 2022 Tour!