Monday, June 27, 2016

Sewing Swimwear with Sew Americana Tour

It's nearly July 4th! We'll be celebrating American Independence Day soon, so this year, I have sewn up some things for my kids to wear. I'm sharing them today for the Sew Americana blog tour. 

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The always lovely Katy of Wild and Wanderful has arranged a blog tour featuring lots of bloggers and their Americana-inspired creations. Scroll to the end to add your patriotic creations to the linkup also.

Where we live it gets HOT in July, so our Independence Day celebrations usually involve being in the water. We will either be in the pool, the lake, or at least the sprinklers. So I decided to make my kids some patriotic swimwear.

(Ice Cream also goes well with July 4th, too!)

I made rashguards for both kids, as well as swim bottoms for her and board shorts for him.

I love rashguards that have become so popular. They are great for sun protection, but they are still comfortable and practical. And they are surprisingly easy to make.

I sewed both rashguards from raglan patterns I already had. For my son's, I used the Oliver + S Field Trip Raglan. I sized down but kept the length needed for his size. I also raised the front neck curve slightly, and used a wider band for a bit more coverage at the neck.

For her rashguard, I used the Grand Slam Tee* from Peekaboo Patterns*.  This pattern already has a high neck and a slim fit option, so I used her regular size with the slim fit option. The only change I made was to cut the neck band 3 inches wide to make the higher neck band. For her top, I also lined the front of the shirt. 
I also made swim bottoms for her using the Cabana Swim Bottoms* from Peekaboo Patterns* in matching swim fabric. 
His board shorts were made from the Surf's Up Board Shorts*, also from Peekaboo Patterns*, in a coordinating board short fabric.

All of these fabrics can be found at The Fabric Fairy.

Take a look at the AMAZING lineup for the Sew Americana tour!
Monday, June 27 
Wild & Wanderful | Sew and Tell Project | Call Ajaire
Paisley Roots | Wally and Grace
Tuesday, June 28
Sew Thrifty | Coles Corner and Creations | Rebel & Malice
Friends Stitched Together | The Wholesome Mama
Wednesday, June 29
Sewing by Ti | EYMM | HattieLu Handmade
Daydream Believers | PenSebRox | Handmade Boy
Thursday, June 30
Beatnik Kids | Phat Quarters | Sew Starly | Sew Sophie Lynn
The Kisses Co. | Adventures with Bubba and Bug
Friday, July 1
Very Blissful | That's Sew Kari | Sew Happily Ever After | Pear Berry Lane
Mae and K
 | Musings of a Seamstress | Sew and Tell Project
As a special bonus for our readers, use the code ' SEWAMERICANA ' and enjoy a 20% discount at  You'll find a ton of maker-inspired goodies!
(All created by your tour guide, Katy, from Wild & Wanderful.)

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  1. These turned out so cute! Great idea with a wider neckband, I'll put that in my memory bank if I ever get around to making a rashguard. Your kiddos are adorable, lady!

    1. Thanks Katy! I think they are pretty adorable, too. ;)

  2. "We will either be in the pool, the lake, or at least the sprinklers." This is so my girls too! I should probably jump on the rashguard bandwagon because I'm horrible at re-applying sunscreen throughout the day. I love your creations, they are perfect for the heat of July!

  3. Rashguards are perfect! I really need to make them for my kids. Especially my Zoe! That girl burns!! LOL

  4. These are perfect! I love how you switched the fabric placement on each--so fun!

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  6. Oh those are too cute! I am going to miss not having a pool this year :( I love spending summer in the water.

  7. So cute! We go to a small town for a big parade and the pool is always open for free right after for the kids to cool off.

    Your kids' suits would be a hit there!

  8. I love rashguards and these are adorable! So fun!

  9. Really nice collection of cute children dress, good to see your post for clothes, keep doing well with your lovely blog, thank you

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