Swimwear Blog Tour

For years, I have been a silent follower of the online sewing community. I read blogs and I’m a member of many sewing Facebook groups, but I almost never actually participate. I don’t post questions or comments or give feedback. I just silently stalk these seamstresses. Wow, that sounded creepy. What I mean is I never felt I had anything to bring to the table. I lacked the confidence to speak up and open up about myself and my sewing. Starting this blog was huge for me and today is another huge step. Today, I’m participating in my very first blog tour! When I found out about this swimwear tour hosted by Lulu & Celeste and Sprouting JubeJube Productions, my initial thoughts went something like this, “That sounds so fun. I can’t wait to follow this tour and see what everyone else makes. Hey, maybe I should participate. Would they even let me on tour? I’m just a newbie blogger, what do I have to contribute?” But the more I thought about it, the more I really wanted to be a part of it. I decided to take a step outside my comfort zone and hop on tour. I am so grateful for the opportunity to participate, and I hope y’all enjoy what I have to share. I know I had a lot of fun making it! (Pssst…..as part of the tour, there are daily giveaways! Keep reading to find out how to enter.)

Even though I had already made myself a bathing suit back in May, I really wanted another one. I mean you can never have too many swimsuits, am I right? I fell in love with this swimsuit I saw on Pinterest.

Photo source: cupshe.com

I didn’t want to buy it so I decided to create my own version. I’d already bought a suit from that same company and it really didn’t fit me properly. I wore it in the ocean and about mooned the people behind me when the waves crashed into me and pulled the bottoms down! Nobody needs to see that. Maybe I’m spoiled because I just want all my clothing to be custom made and tailored to my body? There’s just something to be said about feeling confident because you know what you’re wearing fits you exactly how it’s supposed to. And that is magnified by 1,000% when you’re talking swimwear. Nobody wants a saggy bottom or loose elastic that might expose you, and I certainly don’t want something too tight either that makes me feel like a sausage spilling out of it’s casing! But when I’m rocking a custom-sized bathing suit, I feel all insecurities melt away. Heck, I’m posting these (non photo shopped) pictures of my mommy of three body in a two piece swimming suit for all the world to see, and I feel great because I know I made my suit to flatter my body!

For this suit, I used fabric from Purple Seamstress and the Hello Sailor Bottoms from Patterns for Pirates. (Affiliate Link: if you purchase something through this link, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.) I did the most basic option but there are also options for side panels, ruching, or a skirt. I’ll certainly be trying those in the future. The pattern was easy to follow and I loved the tip of adding power mesh to the front lining. It helps hold everything in a bit!

The top is also a Patterns for Pirates pattern but it’s not a traditional swim pattern. I actually used the Sweetheart Dress pattern and hacked it into my swim top. The bodice of the Sweetheart dress was exactly the shape I was looking for. I took that bodice pattern piece and added a lining with bra cups, elastic around the top and bottom, and the straps. And ta-da! Dress pattern becomes swim top pattern.

Sewing your own swimsuit is so empowering. Both as a sewist gaining new skills and as a woman gaining new confidence in her body. I’m so happy I made this suit. BONUS: I had just enough fabric leftover to sew Baby Girl a matching swimsuit!!! I’ll be posting about it on Thursday, so check back then.

Mommy and Me!!!!!!

As promised, there is a daily giveaway with this tour. Today’s prizes include 5 out of 4 – 1 pattern of choice + Fabric Fairy $30 (USD)gift card. See the Rafflecopter below to enter for a chance to win. 

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Also there is a Grand Prize for the week! Prizes include 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. 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.

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Thanks for reading along. Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed my stop on this blog tour. Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers participating. I’ll post a schedule and links below for you to follow along.

Monday, June 26

Sprouting JubeJubeCall AjaireKutti CoutureTales of A TesterHouse of EstrelaBellevi

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

4 Comments

  1. Kimberly McQueen

    June 28, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    I love this stripe and floral combo, and this suit looks amazing on you! Love it!

    1. Laurel

      June 28, 2017 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you! I may or may not have a slight obsession with stripes and florals lately…

  2. Karly Nelson

    June 29, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    It looks so great on you! I didn’t have too many “stalking” days and more just started blogging to be able to participate in a sewing competition and it’s just stuck! It’s ended up being my sewing journal. Love your swimsuits!!

  3. Essence B Underwood

    June 30, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    What a great recreation! I always think my clothing should have a custom fit for my body.

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