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Colour Inspiration ~ January 'Summer Blues'

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Colour Inspiration ~ January 'Summer Blues'

What glorious weather we have been having! (OK, today has seen the temperature plummet and I'm back to wearing three layers but I have high hopes that it's just a temporary glitch in summer.)

January in New Zealand is all about summer holidays and beach vibes so it was perfect to base the month's colour inspiration on 'Summer Blues'

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Swimwear Sewalong ~ Cutting Out

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Swimwear Sewalong ~ Cutting Out

Day two of the swimwear sewalong and I've managed to cut out my bikini top and bottoms.

How are you getting on with your swimwear sewing?  Have you made it to the cutting out stage or maybe you have powered on to sewing?  When all laid out it always looks like so many pieces to work with but I find it so satisfying that swimwear (and lingerie) can be made with so little fabric.

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Swimwear Sewalong ~ Pattern Adjustments

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Swimwear Sewalong ~ Pattern Adjustments

If you are sewing along using a swimwear specific pattern then happy days, you can just jump right in to cutting out!

If, like me, you are converting bra and underwear patterns then there will be a few changes you may need to make in order to convert them to swimwear.

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Swimwear Inspiration

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Swimwear Inspiration

Well, Im pretty much convinced that I need to make all 10 of these swimsuits!  I think I'll start with the one I have planned for the sewalong and see how I go though.  I hope you'll join in with me on here, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #swimwearsewalong.

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Swimwear Sewalong ~ Materials

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Swimwear Sewalong ~ Materials

Sewing your own swimwear is incredibly satisfying.  The ideal result is togs (that's kiwi slang for swimwear to any non New Zealanders reading) that fit perfectly - both your style and your body and that's not always easy to achieve with ready to wear swimwear.

 

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