Summer is around the corner, and it’s time to sew up a new swim suit for YOU, mama!
I’m so excited to have you sewing along with us! Here’s how to join in the F-U-N:
- Choose any top and bottom pattern from the Bahama Mama Collection:
- 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
- Join the Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop Facebook Group. Participants are encouraged to post in-progress photos, ask for help and advice, etc., throughout the week.
- 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?
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.
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!
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. 🙂