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Swimsuit Edition Blog Tour with Lulu and Celeste and Sprouting Jube Jube

I’m so happy to be hopping on the Lulu & Celeste, Sprouting Jube Jube swimwear blog tour! Swim fabric can seem scary. It’s slippery, it’s super stretchy, it’s slinky, it fits skin tight…you name it and it was a reason I had to fear it. I tackled my fear and made my first swimsuit this spring.

gigi front 1

But I sucked it up and sewed my first swimsuit a couple of months ago.  You know what, it wasn’t that scary!

gigi arms up

My first attempt at swim was the Gigi by Jalie Patterns. A bikini! It turned out awesome in my opinion. The top has great coverage as do the bottoms.

gigi back

I purchased my swim fabric and swim lining from Peek a Boo Pattern Shop. Solid navy and gold faux glitter were my fabrics of choice. They were a dream to work with. The hardest part for me was cutting the swim lining.

I must mention that I actually broke four needles on this swimsuit. Lesson learned. Next time I’ll buy bigger needles. I just used my all purpose foot and used wonder clips instead of pins.

swimsuit at hen and chickens

In fishing boat out by Hen and Chickens in Islamorada.

The Gigi has two cut options for the top, two strap options as well as two back options. The bottoms have two rise options. I did the low cut bottoms and the bandeau style top with wide straps and double closure back.

Since sewing this bathing suit, it has been swimming in the Gulf of Mexico and fishing and snorkeling in the Atlantic Ocean.

gigi in waves

My next swimsuit will be the Riptide Reversible Shorties by 5 out of 4 Patterns (pictured below) and I’ve yet to decide on a top. What are your favorite swim top patterns?

completed fabric a completed fabric b

Make sure to check out the rest of the stops on this blog tour. There are also some great prizes up for grabs! Check out the daily posts for daily Rafflecopter prizes and also the grand prize. Here are the details of all of the prizes:

Daily Prizes:

*These rafflecopters will close at 11:59pm the following day (so Monday’s closes Tuesday night at 11:59pm EST)** They open day of at 12am EST and close at 11:59 pm EST following day (it’s the way the free version of Rafflecopter is set up).


Monday: 1 pattern of choice from Call Ajaire + $20(USD) gift card to Peek-a-boo Patterns (for either patterns or fabric)


Tuesday: 5 out of 4 – 1 pattern of choice + Fabric Fairy $30 (USD)gift card


Wednesday: Gracious Threads – 1 pattern of choice + Raspberry Creek Fabrics– $50(USD) gift card


Thursday: Jalie – $20.00 (CAD) gift card + Imagine Gnats $40(USD) gift card


Friday: Rad patterns 2 patterns of choice + Water Tower Textiles $50 (CAD) gift card


Grand Prize:

Two ways to enter: Enter the Grand Prize Rafflecopter, and/or post a swimwear item you’ve sewn on Instagram. Readers can enter more than once on Instagram but must use a different photo/different sewn swim item per entry. (Ie. multiple photos of the same outfit only count as one entry). Items allowed: swimsuits and swim coverups for the entire family (women, men, children). To enter on IG: Post your photo and use the hashtag #TheSwimsuitEditionTour and tag @luluandceleste and @debzaleski in your post. Items can only have been sewn since the beginning of June 2017. Closes July 2nd 11:59pm EDT.
Prize: Phat Quarters $25(USD) gift card + Boo Designs $100(AUD) gift card + Sewing by Ti -$20(USD) gift card + Made by Jack’s Mum – swim pdf pattern bundle


Monday, June 26

Sprouting JubeJubeCall AjaireKutti CoutureTales of A TesterBellevi

Tuesday, June 27

Sprouting JubeJubeFABulous Home SewnSew and Tell ProjectTales From A Southern MomMy Heart Will Sew On

Wednesday, June 28

Lulu & CelesteAdventures With Bubba and BugMomma You Can Make ItMarvelous Auntie MPhat Quarters

Thursday, June 29

Lulu & CelesteFilles à Maman & JalieCrazy Crafty Haute MamaMeMade5 out of 4 PatternsRikiPrints Custom Knit Fabrics

Friday, June 30

Lulu & CelesteLittle Heart ThreadsRonda B. HandmadeBellevisewingbyti


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a Rafflecopter giveaway



Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend patterns and designers that I love and hope you do too.

Ruby Wrap Skirt for Women

I recently tested the new Ruby Wrap Skirt for women by Daydream Patterns. It is such a quick and easy sew. This pattern is perfect for people new to sewing clothing and sewing with wovens. This week only, there is a coupon code in the Daydream Patterns Facebook group for 25% off of this pattern.

Instructions are included for three different front options. A plain front which is perfect for showcasing a beautiful large scale print, a lace overlay version and also a color blocked front. There are also two different options for finishing the top. You can use either bias tape or ribbon. The size range is AU 8-20 (US 4-16). There is also a girls version available and I believe my nieces would love some wrap skirts themselves!

I made the color block version with a double fold bias tape finish on the top and a plain front using 5/8″ grosgrain ribbon for the top. My skirts were all quilting cotton. In addition to quilting cottons, a stretch woven would also work wonderfully.

Confession time…I *may* have chosen fabrics to match these awesome Tickled Pink Designs necklaces. Most of the time I am buying them for my nieces but I have a couple for myself too and this was the perfect opportunity to get some pics of those.

I also made my top using my favorite tank pattern, the Vitality Racerback tank.

Sewing the Oakley Button-up

Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop released the Oakley Button-up shirt for women today and I got to test it! Below are my thoughts on sewing the Oakley Button-up. The added bonus is that I got two nice new shirts out of it!

Winnie likes my new Oakley Button-up too.

Winnie is a fan…she just refuses to look at the camera.

This pattern comes with two different sleeve lengths and two different top lengths. I tested the short sleeve top. There is also long sleeve and tunic length.

My muslin was made using a Keepsake Calico from the red tag section at Joann when it was on sale so my fabric was roughly $3.50. Also, my button hole feature on my machine has been on the fritz for about a year now so I used good old plastic Kam snaps that I had in my stash.


Not too shabby for a $3.50 shirt huh? I didn’t think so either. The muslin helped me determine what changes I needed to make for my second shirt. I decided to bring the waist in a bit to make it more fitted. It was time to cut in to the nice $12.99 a yard shirting fabric (that I used a 50% coupon on).


I am 5’3″ and with the shirt length I was able to raise my arms over my head and everything stayed covered! The pattern calls for one or two pockets so I went ahead and did two pockets on each shirt. I love the way plaids look cut on the bias!


Does making a collared shirt give you anxiety? I was a bit nervous as I had only made a collared shirt from one of the paper pattern companies before and I was NOT a fan. The instructions and photos in this pattern are so much clearer and look much more professional than the other pattern I had tried.

Another fun part of this pattern is making the yoke lining and the collar stand lining in contrasting fabric. I love the way the bit of lavender peeking out of the blue plaid is. Also, since my button hole feature isn’t working, I used pearl snaps on this shirt. Let me tell you, I LOVE IT! Can you tell from the photo below? Actually, Lance said something that made me laugh but I thought this pic might make you laugh too.

sewing the oakley button-up laugh

If you are looking for an awesome pattern for a women’s button up (or snap up for me) then you should definitely think about sewing the Oakley Button-up. You could sew button up shirts for the whole family if you have the Yukon for men and the Classic Oxford for the little ones! Hawaiian shirts for family photos anyone? I may whip some of those up before vacation next summer 😉


Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend patterns and designers that I love and hope you do too.