SwimAlong 2013: Welcome!

Welcome to the SwimAlong!

Katie over at Kadiddlehopper and I are co-hosting a swimwear sewalong. We aren’t providing you with a pattern to make. Rather, we’ll be setting things up for you so you have the smoothest of times sewing your first swimsuit, swimmer, bather- so many great names to call these water bound garments.

When you see this banner above, you’ll know you’re in SwimAlong territory. I’ll also make sure to let you know when Katie has a SwimAlong post on her blog only, but really, you just need to follow her blog. She sews all the time and has some great tutorials you might find interesting.

For the SwimAlong, we’ll have guest posts on both our blogs as well as our own tips and inspiration for you. In two months, May and June, we can cover a lot but we can’t cover everything- hey, just like a swimsuit. If you aren’t seeing a topic you wish we’d talk about, leave a comment and we’ll see what we can do.

Here’s the schedule and what you can expect:

May 1 Katie & Leila Swimalong Welcome
May 3 Leila- Inspiration: Vintage look, 30s
May 8 Katie- Inspiration: Vintage look, 50s
May 10 Leila- Inspiration: Victorian swimsuits
May 15 Katie- Inspiration: Scuba Chic
May 17 Leila- Inspiration: Geek it out
May 22 Katie- Inspiration: Kid’s Stuff
May 24 Katie- Choosing patterns and swim construction resources
May 29 Katie- Choosing fabrics and where to shop
May 31 Katie- Notions
June 5 Guest Post! Brooke from CustomStyle: Process Guide for Creating a One of a Kind Suit (on Leila’s blog)
June 7 Leila- Flattering a full bust
June 12 Guest Post! Norma from Orange Lingerie:  Adding Support to your Swimsuit (on Leila’s blog)
June 14 Leila- How to choose and insert Swim Cups
June 19 Guest Post! Sarah from Musings of a Seamstress: Pro tips (on Katie’s blog)
June 21 Guest Post! LadyKatza from PeanutButterMacrame Swim Coverup (on Katie’s blog)
June 26 Show and Tell! (only if you wanna)
June 28 Wrapping up

At the end of the Swimalong, all these topics will have links to the appropriate blog post for your convenience. You can also visit my blog and us

We’ll be going from today till the end of June, which is when we hope to parade your makes. You don’t want to pose in your suit for the internet? We completely understand. We welcome all photos. Put your suit on your double or on a bed or on your head. We do have a private Flickr group you are welcome to post in. Why private? We thought it would help with fitting and showing off our work without the stress some might feel when posting swim pictures online. To join, leave me your Flickr ID and Katie or I will send you an invite. We value everyone’s privacy.

So, join in the fun. Grab the code below for your blog button and enjoy!

Three Dresses Project

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45 thoughts on “SwimAlong 2013: Welcome!

    • Leila says:

      Thanks! I’m really excited about this- yeah, I get really excited about most sewing, but still. This co-hosting is new and Katie is so awesome.

      I really need to get to a beach soon. I’m twitchy.

  1. Carrie says:

    I found your blog through your recent review on hourglassy.com and I’m looking forward to following the swimwear series. Do you think it will be appropriate for a sewing beginner?

    • Leila says:

      Yay. I’m so glad you’re game for swimwear. I personally think anyone can sew anything with good instructions…and a sewalong. 🙂 Please try it. There will be lots of people to help here and in the Flickr group. If you’d like to join, just let me know your Flickr ID and I’ll send you an invite. I hope you do.

    • Leila says:

      Awesome. I’m so glad you’re joining up. Would you like me to send you an invite to the private flickr group? If so, leave me your flickr ID. yay

    • Leila says:

      Cool! I’m excited that you’re joining the swimalong. Hey, if you’d like me to send you a flickr group invite, let me know your ID. I’m trying to stashbust but I don’t think I really get the concept…meaning, I keep buying fabric. haha

  2. missjoiedevivre says:

    Hi there! I just found your blog recently (although I can’t remember where from) so I haven’t commented before, but I thought you might be interested to know that in New Zealand swimsuits are commonly called togs!

    Looking forward to seeing the sewalong!

      • Leila says:

        Oh, cool! I love my skant like nothing else I’ve made. I’m so glad you’re going to be around for the swimalong.

    • Leila says:

      I think I heard the term togs when I was in Australia. I’m from South America and the same thing happens in Spanish. You can put 5 people in a room, from different Spanish-speaking countries, and you get 5 different names for the same fruit. I love it.

  3. thevintagetraveler says:

    I’m not going to participate, but I was invited here by my friend Brooke. I’m a long-time collector of vintage bathing suits so I’d be happy to help with any historical questions if anyone cares to ask. I also have lots of photos that may help if anyone has any specific needs.


  4. Michelle says:

    I just linked over to your blog from twitter, and WHOA! First, I think I can commit to this SAL! GREAT idea. Second, your profile picture is AMAZING! LOVE the Trek dress!

    • Leila says:

      yay! So glad you can join the SAL. Send me your flickr ID so I can invite you to the private flickr group. It’s private so more people will feel comfortable sharing pics of themselves in their bathing suits.

      And thanks for the Trek dress love. it’s one of my favorite creations. I put up a tutorial on how to make it if you’re a Trek fan.

  5. Meg says:

    This is perfect timing. I saw this amazing top on Zulily this weekend but it only came in orange. Orange is just not my color! So, I thought I wonder if I could recreate that… I still have no idea how to do it but I have some motivation!

    Btw this is the top if anyone has some good ideas. I am loving it with the high waisted bottoms but I just don’t get the two different color things… luckily if I diy I can do it my way!

    • Leila says:

      That swimsuit is so cute! Send me your flickrID so I can invite you to the flickr group and you can start a discussion on how to re-create this top.
      If you have a wrap top already, I’d say go 2 sizes down, cut the wrap so it’s bra like and trim the ties so they tie in back.
      Or, you could take a camisole you own and use the top half and extend lines out so to create ties.
      I’ll sketch this out for you in the next couple of days. K?

  6. Clipped Curves says:

    Oh yes! Great idea for a sew-along… I’ve just made a beach-cover-up playsuit so I’m in full swing for holiday sewing. I best get searching out my ideal swimsuit pattern and fabric inspiration.
    It might be already planned for pro tips… but I know I’ll need some guidance on sewing the elastic in – I’ve noticed most of the patterns require elastic around the leg holes. I know I’m going to struggle with this because I always feel like I’m fighting with my machine to zig-zag sew elastic when stretched. Some tips would be good for me on this topic.

    • Leila says:

      I’m so glad you can join us. If you’d like you can send me your Flickr ID so I can invite you to the private group we’ve started. Y’know, so we don’t get flickr pervs looking at our swimsuit pics. 🙂

  7. Mamemimo says:

    I hope it is not too late I am mamemimo on Flickr.
    I love sewing swimsuits, I make one or two for me and my daughter every year but I would love to improve and learn new techniques 😉

    • Leila says:

      It’s never too late. 🙂 I’ll send you the flickr invite in a bit. You’ve made some really nice swimsuits! I hope you learn something from this sewalong. 🙂 En serio, lindos tus trajes.

  8. Laurel says:

    I missed participating in the swim sew along, but enjoyed the posts and inspiration. I am currently working on drafting a tankini pattern for myself. I have made a few different styles of “test” bottoms, one from my TNT Ottobre Woman panty pattern tweaked to fit me, some drafted as clones from my RTW suits. I decided to work from the bottom up, and will most likely make my tankini based on a bra pattern, adding tummy coverage. So far I have one completed bottom and three more bottoms awaiting elastic attachment to finish up and try on. Sewing swimsuits is so much fun and so rewarding once I get the fit down… I have significant adjustments to make, and recent weight loss means I had to start from scratch on the fitting.

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