Sincerely, Shantelle

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Hosted By: Sew Sophie Lynn & Paisley Roots

Hey y’all!! Today, I’m bringing something new to the blog and I’m excited to announce my participation in my FIRST EVER BLOG TOUR. YAY! Karly, from Paisley Roots, was so gracious enough to reach out & invite me to be a part, and I was ABSOLUTELY floored and said yes (almost) immediately! Raspberry Creek Fabrics was gearing up for their 2019 swim launch and needed some seamstresses to sew up their beautiful new prints. Make sure to read through for links and discount codes at the bottom!

RCF teamed up with PDF pattern sponsors to help us showcase these beauties. From a sweet list of sponsors, I chose Patterns for Pirates. I had been DYING to sew up a Hello Sailor Swim Bottoms and Siren Swim Top combo since they released a couple years ago, but couldn’t muster up the courage to sew swim. Lucky for me, I was already in a little girl’s swimsuit pattern test for my daughter when Karly messaged me, so I’d had a couple practice rounds. The invite SURELY couldn’t have come at a more opportune time.

I chose Plumeria for my fabric. Teal is my absolute favorite color, and because of the style of the swimsuit I chose, I wanted something feminine and soft looking. PERFECT!

This was only my second time working with swim fabric, but I was very pleased with the stretch and thickness of it upon arrival. I immediately starting printing the pattern to get it sewn up and photographed as soon as we had some sun. It's been extremely rainy and cold here in Tennessee for a while now...

The beauty in handmade is the ability to custom fit garments to your body. I know that with store-bought swimsuits, tops fit pretty well, but bottoms are another story. They tend to fit me in the waist, but not in the hips, and if I size up to fit my hips, they fall off of my waist. They're also almost always cut to show my cheeks (which I despise). This either results in me buying a suit that almost fits and feeling extremely self-consicous everytime we are at the pool or beach, or keeping my cover-up on. Most often, I wear one pieces or keep the ONE suit that does fit for as long as possible, even if it means wearing it over and over again for years.

For my Sailor Swim Top, my measuremnts fell directly into the small. I did no grading or mashing of sizes and the fit was spot on. I sewed the straight flounce option on the front and back, and found that it’s absolutely flattering on me!! #protip: If you’re sewing a women’s swimsuit top, don’t forget swim cups!! I actually had to go take some from another swimsuit I had at home. Don’t know if that was proper, but it worked haha!

With the Sailor Swim Bottoms, my measurements fell between small and medium for the waist and thighs, and small for hips. I chose to sew the small, and used the band and thigh elastic measurements from the medium. I wanted the elastic to be tight enough for coverage but not so tight it created an extra booty, like my store bought ones do! #nailedit

It was still non-stop gloom and cold leading up to the weekend I wanted to have my photos complete so I could edit in time for this post. My husband and I were planning an overnight date, courtesy of my best friend and her hubs, so my husband was on board when I said I needed to find a hotel with a nice indoor pool for photos. I literally searched local hotel sites until I found the one with the best rating and prettiest pool. We checked in Saturday afternoon and brought the kids to swim for a while. It was a win-win--I also needed photos of my girl’s suit for a new pattern release.

We played for a good hour and a half, and even with all my getting in-and-out of the pool & picking up a toddler, I still felt very covered. I didn’t have to keep adjusting the bottoms over my butt. #winning #bonusfamilyselfie

The confidence I felt in this suit has NEVER been matched in something I bought from the store. I was afforded the coverage I desire, the comfort I always crave in swimwear, which helped me to feel my absolute BEST! The pattern choices couldn’t have been better and the fabric choice was absolutely beautiful! My new swimsuit is ME! I'm so happy with it, I decided for the summer, I’m going to sew up some more of these bottoms in solid colors to mix and match with store-bought tops. I’ll definitely be grabbing my solid swim from RCF, because the stretch and color vibrancy are stellar!

An image from Sincerely, Shantelle
An image from Sincerely, Shantelle
An image from Sincerely, Shantelle

I’m so thrilled to be a stop on this week’s tour and hope you’ve enjoyed this post! I also hope that I've inspired you to jump in and sew that dream swimsuit of yours! Make sure to click through on my fellow bloggers’ posts to see all their beautiful makes and maybe pick up a few tips and tricks for sewing with swim! Be sure to grab those patterns and some swim fabric for yourself while you’re at it using some of the discount codes below! Until next time…

Monday: Merritts Makes / The Petite Sewist / 5 Out of 4
Tuesday: Kainara Stitches / Sincerely Shantelle / We Sew Got This / Lily Shine Creates
Wednesday: Mabey She Made It / Little Fish ApparelPear Berry Lane / Heather Handmade
Thursday: Made By Kates / Margarita on the Ross / That's Sew Kari / Auschick Sews
Friday: Its Liesel / Amber Lauren Boutique / Violette Field Threads / Confetti Unicorn

For this week, March 11-15, 2019, our readers can enjoy 20% off SWIM ONLY from these sponsors!
Wardrobe By Me code: Raspberry Creek
Simple Life Pattern Company code: SLPCO-RCSWIM
Titchy Threads code: SUITUP19
5oo4 code: RCFSWIM
and 15% off SWIM ONLY from Jalie code: SWIMTOUR15OFF

A huge thank you to all of our sponsors!

Boo Designs / Sew A Little Seam / Titchy Threads / Simple Life Pattern Co. / Jalie
Little Lizard King / Made for Mermaids / Love Notions / Striped Swallow Designs
Patterns for Priates / Violette Field Threads / Wardrobe By Me / 5oo4 / Sew Like My Mom