Kimmy Snabric

My pool is almost ready to jump into and I'm ready with my new swimsuit I made with this Blue Raspberry Sparkle swim from Kimmy Snabric! There are some beautiful prints in the current preorder - three colors of sparkles, some mermaid scales, and more. All prints are also available on bamboo spandex. It's currently at preorder through May 1st.

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I used the Blue Raspberry Sparkle swim to make a new swimsuit. 

I decided to do a little hacking to the Patterns for Pirates (P4P) Sweetheart Peplum. First I shortened the bodice stop a little under my bust. P4P just hit a huge milestone and have a sale on all patterns - 50ksale gets you 30% off through April 25th! Check out their Facebook group for pattern support.

I lowered the neckline and made the back more of a racerback.

I then fully lined it and added bra cups. I added a band (which is on the inside).

If my skirt (which I shortened to be just 10" long) was made with a solid colored swim knit - my top would be completely reversible. You can see the lining peeking out just a tad (it's red with white stars from Zenith & Quasar).

My swim bottom is modified Scrundlewear from Stitch Upon a time. I also made them fully lined and reversible. They have the Red with White stars print on the reverse.

I really love how this came out. I love the look of a one piece with the ease of a two piece. I'll definitely be packing this one on my next trip.

577 Custom Fabrics

This is my first time sewing for 577 Custom Fabrics! They are a Canadian custom knit group. The current round is Bravo and open through April 29th.

They print on cotton lycra and french terry. I received the cotton lycra to sew. It's soft and is a great weight.

This is the Dreams Take Flight print. It's a beautiful dream catcher design that's printed diagonally.

I paired the print with cotton lycra solids from Made Whimsy. This is the yellow and dark coral 12 oz cotton lycra solids.

My shirt is the Bodacious Ladies All Sleeve Top (BLAST) from Duck Butt Designs.

I also made a teeny tiny top.

I don't remember what pattern I used - but look how cute and little.

Jaded Threads Shoppe

This is my first time sewing for Jaded Threads Shoppe.  The owner, Maggie, is really sweet and she is very active in many other custom knit groups.

She prints on a 95% cotton/5% spandex base that is a nice heavier weight at 240 gsm. Maggie also prints on PUL for those that make diapers.

This round consists of 4 panels each featuring a cute animal on a watercolor background. Two coordinates are being offered as well - an orange faux sparkle and a watercolor splatter design.

The preorder is open through April 30th. These are the designs. Order HERE.

Maggie sent me the adult panel of the Red Panda.

She also sent me a fat half of the Watercolor Splatter. This print is so pretty all on it's own.

My favorite top to make with an adult panel and a fat half of coordinating fabric is the Koerbs Brothers Stitch Design Hello Hi Lo Top. I would normally make it with sleeves, but figured we will be in the heat of summer soon and this would be super cute to wear to the zoo this summer.

The panel background is also a watercolor design and just goes perfectly with the watercolor splatter.

The Red Panda is seriously cute!

Preorder closes on April 30th.

Zenith & Quasar Flash Pre-Order 19.5

Zenith & Quasar is running a flash round of some gorgeous floral prints and coordinates that have been run previously. The round includes two gorgeous colorways of a vintage inspired floral print with two classic coordinates - a gingham and a plaid. The round also includes the ever popular watercolor wildflowers.

Here's the lineup of all the prints.

These prints will be available on Swim knit and Athletic Brushed Poly (ABP). The ABP offered this round is a slightly higher weight than what is typically offered, but it has the same beautiful drape, breathability, and moisture wicking, as the normal ABP offered. This heavier weight will ensure that the light colored backgrounds will not have the sheerness sometimes seen with the lighter weight.

The preorder is open from now through April 14th. Order HERE.

I decided now was the perfect time to sew up the teal roses I had from the last printing. I'll be buying more to replenish my stash.

I found a super cute pattern for free on Fabric.com. It was for the Holiday Heroine Cape Tank Pattern. The pattern for the tank portion is HORRIBLE! It was ill fitting and was just awful. I already have a tank pattern that I LOVE - the Halla Stardust Tank. This pattern is free with a code from their Facebook Group. So I took the cape from the free pattern (really it's just a circle skirt with a high-low cut) and added it to the Stardust Tank.

This camel/tan color matches the small flowers perfectly, but I'm second guessing my decision to pair the two together.

I really do like this top and think I might make another with a pink or cream body and put the cape on it and put a different cape on this body. I'll probably wear it a few times and see if the color combo grows on me.

I pulled out the tops I made previously and did new photos since I couldn't find the old ones. This is the Cream Roses. This is the Stitch Upon A Time - Merryweather. I added color blocking to the sleeves.

The print is subtle and beautiful.

I could have sworn I made two tops with the watercolor wildflowers, but only found one in my closet. This is the Koerbs Brothers Stitch Designs Hello Hi Lo Top. It's one of my favorite patterns.

I love the curved v-neck and that the back piece comes over the shoulder to peek out on the front of the top.

I've made a few other items with these prints. I know I used some scraps I had of the watercolor wildflowers to make my cousin's baby girl a dress.

Made Whimsy Athletic Knits

Made Whimsy now has a large lineup of poly lycra and nylon lycra athletic knits. These are great for sportswear or everyday wear.

Mandy Pickle, the owner of Made Whimsy, is located in North Texas. She has a great selection of fabric and ships really fast. With her being so close to me, I often get my orders the next day.

She recently sent me some of the new athletic knits to try. I decided to try out a new pattern I recently got from Greenstyle Creations.

I made both the inner and outer tanks of the Jillian Tank. This pattern is amazing and very versatile.

For the inner tank I used the Magenta Soft Touch Moisture Wicking Poly Spandex athletic fabric. This fabric is nice and thick with an SPF rating of 50. It can be used to make swimsuits as well.

It's thick enough and supportive enough that it works great without a bra in this tank.

For the outer Jillian tank I used the Raspberry brushed poly athletic knit. It matches the Magenta Soft Touch perfectly. The brushed poly athletic knit is so nice and thick and super soft.

My leggings are made with the Pink & Violet Space Dyed Poly Spandex.  The leggings are the 5 out of 4 Ninja Leggings. This pattern is free with a code from the group.

All three of these fabrics go great together.

Pink Zeppelin Patriotic Round

The patriotic round is open now at Pink Zeppelin Fabrics through April 10th and is being flash printed to ensure you have plenty of time to sew it up. Available on a variety of bases (cotton/Lycra shown here). This is the Red/White/Blue Sparkle Stripe. #RedWhiteandPzSparkles
You can place your orders here: Pinkzeppelinpreorders.bigcartel.com
Use codes LAYAWAY and FATHALF; codes apply to whole order, place multiple orders as necessary. Orders are automatically combined.
Yvi sent me 1 yard of the Red/White/Blue Sparkle Stripe Cotton Lycra. I knew I wanted to make a top for the summer and had the 4th of July in mind.
I really love the sleeveless Sweetheart Peplum from Patterns for Pirates for the summer. I also had an idea that I wanted to try out.
I love the look of the Pink Zeppelin Sparkles - it looks like a glittery/shimmery fabric from a distance - but it's just printed to look that way.

So from the front - there's nothing different about this Sweetheart Peplum from any other.

But the back - is where I tried out a new trick. I decided to do a cutout star in the back.

I did not take photos as I did it - so here are some photos of the process on some scraps of fabric.

First - I found a star I could print and use as a template.

I put the star on the lining piece of my top and outlined the star using a Frixion pen. In my photos here I used a sharpie to make it more visible,

Here is my outline.

I laid the lining on top of the back bodice piece with right sides together. I pinned them together.

I them sewed on the star outline.

Then I cut out the inside of the star cutting about 1/4 inch from the stitches.

I then clipped the corners of the star.

And cut the points off of these areas.

Then I turned it right side out. At this point - I'd suggest top stitching the star.

If you make a full lining piece you may not have to do that - and you could probably get away without the decorative stitching I had to do inside of my star. I only used the circle from cutting the peplum to make my star. In hind sight - I should have cut a full back bodice piece from a solid white knit.

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