I know that some of you may be planning your fall sewing ( great for you but…. I’m not going to join your party just yet…) but for those of you….who, like myself will have to be dragged into fall kicking and screaming, I thought I’d share my new swim suit and beach bag with you.
Good quality swim and athletic fabrics are hard to find and so I knew I wanted to try one of Cali Fabrics swim options. This aqua, teal, mint and pink diagonal stripe mid-weight nylon/Lycra caught my eye with its pretty colors. Gillian called it “ice creamy and summery”. I like ice cream and I like summer….
Cali Fabrics called it mid-weight and it is exactly that. I was pretty excited when it arrived and I could see that it was perfect for my swimsuit. Such nice quality.
I decided not to risk ruining a lovely piece of fabric and choose to make a swimsuit I had made before. The top is McCalls 7168 and the bottoms are my own self drafted high waist bikini pattern.
The beach bag was an idea that came when I stumbled across Cali Fabrics oilcloth offerings. I hadn’t sewn with oilcloth and when I saw this pretty print that matched my new swimsuit…well, of course I needed a new beach bag.
It was surprisingly easy to sew with but I would suggest using a Teflon presser foot to help it glide through your machine. I don’t have a Teflon foot but I did have a can of silicon spray. I gave the oilcloth a very light spray before I top stitched and it glided right through perfectly!
The pattern for the beach bag is based off of one I have already…I just measured it up and replicated it. Fairly simple and there are many tutorials for them online. I think I have enough leftover to make a zippered pouch for my wet bathing suit.
I know I can’t be the only one clinging to summer. Anyone else still sewing for summer?