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Red, White and Pink

Welcome to my stop on Sewing by Ti's Red, White and Pink blog tour.

February - Valentines' month. The month of all things, pink and red and white, and roses and chocolates.  And this precious girl's birthday.

Soon our Miss 6 will be a Miss 7 (going on 17). I'm not sure how the 'birthday dress' trend started with this one. The first I remember was when she turned 4. The prospect of a Rainbow themed party was just too good an opportunity to miss. I made her a Peppermint Swirl Dress*, using solid poplins to make a rainbow. The year after was her Shopkins Dress (a La Tulipe in shopkins fabric that she still tries to wear). Last year was the Gingerbread Dress (base pattern was the Gabriella Fae by Sis Boom).  This year she isn't having a party (although she's still busy planning all sorts of activities) so without a theme to work with, I suggested red, white and pink, to work in with the blog tour, using the pattern where it all began - the Peppermint Swirl

Sash Swimsuit

Another year sewing and another swimsuit sewn up as winter approaches. The Sash Swimsuit by Call Ajaire is totally worth it. And the opportunity to head to the beach in winter is always a fun adventure.

The details on this pattern are just amazing.

There are plenty of options in this pattern - one piece, and tankini versions with all sorts of combinations and ruffle placement options.

This is the handkerchief hem tankini with bikini bottoms (View H). At Miss M's request I included a sash ruffle, extra strap and long sleeve.

In keeping with the 80's vibe, I pulled out some authentic 80's material to whip up this version.  When she saw the fabric she declared it to be the bestest material ever.

After making a few swimsuits last year, I launched into this one without the usual fear and trepidation.  Being a tankini, getting the right fit was a little easier than a one-piece, although I did make an adjustment for length. This is a size 5 width, with size 6 length.

Even if it's your first time sewing swimwear, there are plenty of tips and guidance to make it pretty pain free. And if you're after some extra support there are extra blog posts to help you with getting the right fit, and extra tips and tricks for sewing swimwear.

After our time taking photos of the Classic Maillot last year, I wasn't sure how keen this little model would be to repeat the process. But she agreed to head down to the pools at the end of the road, and her brother came along for some fun too. The tide was high, so the waves were crashing over the main pool and the baby pool. It was great fun, and no one complained that they were cold.


  1. Hello!

    As part of my July column about sewing trends for Sew, Mama, Sew!, I'd love to share one of your projects. I will share one photo and link to both your project and your main blog address. (you can see past trends posts here:

    the post is scheduled for July 15. As per my agreement with SMS i do need your express permission to use one of your photos, so if you'd like to be included, please respond ASAP.

    thank you!


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