Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dive into Swimsuits- Blog Hop Day 2- Horris and Deedle

My gosh guys! So much great information today from our guest blogger, Marnie. I'm just so thrilled to have her on our blog tour today. I think I've found a kindred spirit in her! We both love sewing 'swimmers' as they say down under. :) She has so many great tips and tricks for you! And she'll be introducing us to Boo Designs today and Kristie has kindly offered a THREE pattern pack to one lucky winner today!

Thank you so much Marnie and Kristie for joining in with our event. I'm so pleased to have you both.

And here is Marnie:

Hi, Marnie here. I live in Sydney Australia and blog over at horris and deedle, and also on the Pattern Revolution site as a member of their team. I absolutely love sewing swimwear, but despite being an experienced sewer, I didn't venture into it until last year. If you want to hear all about my swimwear sewing adventure, please pop on over and have a quick read of my blog. And then try it yourself!!! It's not hard and it is fun!


Hop on over to Marnie's blog and then come back and enter the give-a-way for today!
A Swimwear 3 pattern pack courtesy of Boo Designs. 



48 comments:

Marnie said...

Thankyou Nicole!!! I am a kindred spirit! Can't wait to try the lake house pattern as soon as it warms up!! Thanks for having me join in the fun

Tina said...

I am most concerned about sewing with stretchy fabrics. I don't have any experience with this.

Heather said...

When I first ventured into trying to sew a bathing suit, I was most afraid of just not knowing how/working with slippery swim knit and making a mistake (and something that was unwearable, at the end).

Jami said...

Finishing the neck, arm, and leg holes for sure!

Danielle said...

The thing that scares me most is the fact that swim fabric is not only stretchy but slippery too....yikes :/

ArJay Gamble said...

I am most scared of the finicky slippery material. I sew with knits, but that material.is intimidating

daniKate designs said...

I was most scared of working with really stretchy fabric, but I think now that it's easier than other knits because the great recovery means it would be really hard to stretch it out of shape while sewing!

Leanne Miller said...

thank you Marnie, this is exactly what l needed to attempt the boo swimmers. Your explanation makes it sound so much more achievable. It is those gorgeous pink and yellow swimmers that made me buy that fabric from boo that is still sitting in my stash so hopefully l can make something this week.

heatherbrown said...

What concerns me most about sewing bathing suits is finishing the inside correctly, as well as getting my thread tension right for the fabric. Oh, and sometimes the construction in the shaping of suits for women!

babygirlhoarder said...

The thing that freaks me out the most about sewing swimsuits is the elastic. It always looks so good before the elastic and I'm afraid I'll mess it all up once I get to that part! sprinklepiggies (at) gmail.com

Angela said...

Well I'm not afraid of swimsuits anymore but what I was afraid of before was the elastic on that slippery swimsuit fabric!

Jessica said...

i'm afraid i'll get it all together and then seams will pop at the pool! especially if its for me!

Gail Keskic said...

I am excited to try my hand at sewing the swimsuit. Marnie's information was great. I hope that I can manage my way through the elastic - I am nervous about that.
gkeskic@shaw.ca

Kimberly said...

I'm afraid that in making swimwear it will be uncomfortable for my little ones and they can't tell me.

Dayna Johnson said...

I think I'm most scared about sewing with a slippery fabric

Elizabeth W. said...

I'm scared about the slippery, the stretchy, the chlorine destroying my hard work... but now I have a serger and I will take deep breaths and it will all. be. okay.

Jess DeWit said...

I worry about making the binding look nice. My coverstitch realy doesn't like swimwear fabric.

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*B* said...

not fitting right was my biggest thing. I was so worried I'd stretch the fabric out

Wifey09 said...

the elastic and the fabric!

Kimberly Bills Mack said...

I don't want to ruin the pretty spandex; used to sewing knits but nothing this stretchy and slippery.

Theresa Buck said...

I'm not really scared of much but maybe the seams.

Theresa Buck said...

I'm not really scared of much but maybe the seams.

Cecelia said...

I have made a few suits/leotards and really once you make the first one it's like "why did I wait" I think the thing that was most intimidating was not the slippery fabric but the arm and leg bindings and getting the stretch right.

Toni-Maree S said...

Most definitely the binding would be intimidating! Getting it to look nice with a regular sewing machine.

Melissa Rebel and Malice said...

Spandex and the darn swimming lining make me nervous since my machine gets hungry, but I have successfully made 2 bathing suits so I get slightly less scared each time.

Merav Ruthman said...

Binding scares me. Folding over that slinky fabric geeves me jitters

B said...

I find the whole thing scary but can not wait to learn.

Suzanne said...

I've already made a few suits for my daughter, but making one for me is a bit more intimidating, with all the extra lumps and bumps to cover lol. Looking forward to learning more about it!

Kimberly said...

I'm nervous to get into swimwear because of the slippery fabrics. But with a cute pattern like this, I might just bite the bullet and do it!

Stephanie said...

Such great information! I've sewn one swimsuit, but need to practice more.

Chari said...

Being able to sew seams that won't break with really stretchy fabric is what scares me the most.

Diane said...

No concerns here. I love making swimsuits.

Beth Comella said...

The stretchy fabric how and where do you buy it? How do you keep it from sliding while sewing? Oh so many questions.

Tamara said...

Love making swimsuits and gymnastic costumes.

Melinda's Musings said...

I'm scared of skipped stitches. But after reading today's blog which mentioned using stretch needles (which I have), I think that it might not be so bad.

Allie said...

I hate those slippery fabrics! It's easier with practice and a serger, though.

Katie Kable said...

I think what intimidates me the most is not having any experience with knit or stretchy, slippery fabric and using swimwear elastic, I don't even know where to buy it. Whole new exciting experience. Thanks for the tips :)

Krystal said...

The fabric!! I'm still a beginner at sewing and the swimwear fabric scares me so bad! Lol

Elbee said...

I don't have any. I've made leotards and swimsuits and wasn't ever scared of knits until someone told me I was supposed to be. LOL

Silvia D said...

What worries me most is finding the right fabric and notions that will stand up to the chlorine and other elements. I would hate to make something that would just fall apart.

Peggy A said...

Getting the fit correct scares me.

Ingrid Echard said...

FOE or inserting the elastic correctly

photocowgirl said...

Scared of sewing in the elastic and then it is too loose around my skinny Minnie's legs...

Tyler and Becky Rider said...

This will be suit number two and the leg holes especially still make me so nervous. Also using my serger instead of my regular machine.

Brooke Glasser said...

My biggest fear is making a mistake and ruining the fabric. I guess it is also the fear of the unknown as I have never used spandex or made swimmers before. I haven't been brave enough yet :)

WYO Di said...

My fear is investing time and money into the project and not having it turn out...*( Thanx, Nicole!

Swimsuits Direct said...

Amazing swimwear Nicole! I enjoy reading and browsing your creations.

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