Bahama Mama Sew Along: Day 1

Summer is around the corner, and it’s time to sew up a new swim suit for YOU, mama!

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I’m so excited to have you sewing along with us! Here’s how to join in the F-U-N:

  • Visit the blog everyday this week and sew along with the schedule:
    • Monday: Choose and Prepare Patterns
    • Tuesday:  Cut Fabric
    • Wednesday: Sew Top (part 1)
    • Thursday: Sew Top (part 2)
    • Friday: Sew Bottoms
    • Saturday: Picture Day (or catch-up day)
    • Sunday: Submit Final Photo
    • Monday: WINNERS Announced
  • Share your finished photo in the facebook group for an opportunity to win a PRIZE! Sew Along winners will receive a $20 store credit to Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop; one winner will be chosen for each category:
    • Fan Favorite on Facebook (based on number of photo likes)
    • Designer Fav on Facebook
    • Random Draw from Facebook

Let the FUN begin!

Bahama Mama Sew Along Day 1:

Choose Patterns and Print/Cut Pattern Pieces

Planning a project is one of the best parts – exploring all the creative possibilities: choosing a great pattern, coordinating the perfect fabrics, and finding a way to personalize a piece to make it ‘mine.’

Step 1: Choose (and purchase) your top and bottom pattern.

This Bahama Mama Sew Along has tons of choices and options to make your perfect suit a reality. Here’s a lovely little visual of ALL the pieces to help you choose your favorites! Did you know you can eliminate the skirt of the peplum to create a crop top if you are looking for a little less coverage?

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Step 2: MEASURE your body then choose the best size for each piece according to the sizing chart provided with each pattern. This is the beauty of creating your own suit – customizing the fit for YOUR body.

Step 3: Print and assemble your pattern. Now is a good time to make initial adjustments for the best fit. This PAB post has great visuals illustrating how to alter a swimsuit pattern. This is helpful if your measurements are between sizes, if you need to grade between two sizes, or if you typically need to lengthen or shorten a pattern.

Step 4: Cut your pattern reflecting any changes you made in Step 3.

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Congratulations! You finished Day 1 of the Bahama Mama Sew Along!

Please be sure to visit the blog for Day 2…it’s all about FABRIC!

Happy Sewing!

 P.S. Here’s a link to encourage you … yes you can (and should) sew your own swimsuit!

And a little ‘homework’ for those who are new to sewing swim fabric …

Here’s a great post about sewing swim fabric and lining – including needle and thread recommendations. You are welcome. 🙂

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