Sincerely, Shantelle

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It’s that time again, friends! The Raspberry Creek Suit Up for Summer Tour is back and I’m so honored to have been chosen to participate this year. This season has tossed us all our fair share of curveballs, but my hope is, despite them, to still share a little sunshine and inspiration in the midst of the gloom and uncertainty many of us are facing right now. Without further ado, let’s get started!


Raspberry Creek’s swim fabric line up this year is absolutely GORGEOUS! Anyone who knows me knows I’m 💯 a floral gal, so it took everything in me to look past the florals and choose something else. I pulled my 10-year-old in one morning and had her browse the new fabrics, and she chose the Geometric Fan print for herself. To coordinate, I chose the Palm Leaves in the same colorway, and tossed in some solid Navy just in case.

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As always, there was a super generous list of pattern sponsors who teamed up with RCF to provide the sewists with some swim patterns. After looking through the list, I decided to give the Mairin bundle from Sew A Little Seam a go. It comes in adult and children’s sizes, so I figured it would be an ideal pattern for my daughter and me to rock together. The patterns come with TONS….and I mean TONS of options. They’re quite literally like having 5 or more different swim patterns in one, so definitely one of those worth it purchases if you love options. 😉 The bundle is linked above, but if you're interested in Women's, check it out here, if you're interested in Children's click here.

If you remember my post from last year, I’m really picky about swimsuits, mostly the bottoms. I always desire full coverage on the booty, so was happy to see that Mairin offered several bottom options, including boy short (which is what I chose). The fit is very spot on based on my measurements, and I only adjusted the elastic because my thigh measurement was a little larger than the size I was sewing. They came together quickly!

For my top, I wanted to try something new. It’s been a while since I’ve worn a halter top swimsuit, so I decided to give it a go. Since I love me some peplums, I said “what they hey” and decided to add the peplum skirt to it, as well! Though the solid navy swim is a bit darker than the background of the Palm Leaves, I think it still coordinated very well. I sewed the shelf bra version with cups sewn in, and I feel very supported and comfortable in it. Instructions were very clear and thorough, though it did take me a little extra reading to avoid mistakes. Definitely blame that on the kids being home 😜.

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My daughter’s was pretty fun to make! I showed her the options included in the pattern and had her select all the bits that interested her from each section. She chose the scoop back ruffle tankini and bottoms with a waist ruffle. Since the Geometric Fan and Palm Leaves share the same colorway, the solid navy was a little darker, but again, I still think it coordinated well for the resulting suit. My girl was super pleased with the fact that I made her vision come true. All I could think was “of course, kid 😒” haha!

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Our suits were honestly easy to sew, due to the ease of instructions and having a very easy swim base to work with, but they took a couple days to work on. In the midst of all of the new chaos, not only was my sewing time a little different, my sewing MOTIVATION was a bit lacking. I’m sure I’m not alone in this. We couldn’t have foreseen these unusual circumstances when the tour was planned. I just maintained flexibility and gave myself a little extra dose of grace and pushed through. Once I was done with them and we had tried them on, we then struggled to get some final photos. Aside from social distancing we all (should be) practicing, our weather was greatly uncooperative. Rain and cold for days don’t mix with swimsuits. Yet again, I took a break from them. One morning, while the suits were laying on my bed, my son asked if he could have a “flower swimsuit” like mommy. He’s definitely our kid 😂 I had to oblige. That same day, Lowland Kids released the Swim Briefs, so I downloaded the pattern and sewed them up. Aside from the inseam giving me a little difficulty, the pattern sewed up fairly easily and quickly, and I absolutely ADORE them on my little dude.

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On a random day, our weather jumped from the 50s to the 70s, and that was our shot! We all got our suits on, grabbed some waterguns, and went into our tiny, less-than-ideal backyard for pics. Despite it all…all the lack of motivation, uncooperative weather, Coronavirus, and shifting moods, we all got new suits and we ended up having a bit of fun in the end. I couldn’t be happier with the patterns or fabric prints we chose, and I look forward to better weather and times to get to wear them out and about. I’m even planning to order some boardshort to make my husband some matching trunks once we are all reunited in California this summer! Here are some more fun pics for you.

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I am so honored to get to share all of my makes with y’all and hope that you are able to find your spark, even if you are having some struggles right now. Times are weird for us all, different, uncertain, and it’s okay to take longer on a project, to take breaks from it. Even if you can’t sew because of finances, work, kids, depression, anything, I find it so helpful to at least plan. Find your ideal swimsuit, decide which fabrics you like most. Then when you can, work on it bit by bit. I definitely haven't been my "usual self" lately, but I'm just trying to maintain. I hope that my post gives you a little hope (or even a little push, if that's what you needed).

A special shout out and thanks again to all of the amazing sponsors for this tour, especially Sew A Little Seam and Raspberry Creek Fabrics (where you can save 15% on swim and boardshort this week using code SWIMTOUR). Join me on my Instagram account to comment and/or chat about the tour, here. Throughout this week, several of my other talented sewing blogger friends would love to inspire & encourage you with their makes, words, and tips! Please check out all of their posts, as well as a full list of sponsors who participated in this tour, by following the links below.

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