Sewpony “Cosi” Vintage Swimsuit (pattern test)

Good morning!! My latest pattern test was for Suzanne of SewPony http://www.sewponyblog.com/. It is her newest pattern the Cosi Swimsuit which is a vintage inspired one piece and two piece. She is such a sweet woman and I would love to test for her again in the future!

(I was not compensated for this review. I dedicated my time and materials to test this pattern and in return, received the finished final pattern.)

This was my first swimsuit that I have sewn and I did run into some issues. Not the pattern, but the fabric which is a nylon lycra is super slippery and hard to sew. I feel like without a serger, it would be really hard to get a professional look. My sewing machine (and a lot of machines) like to stretch the knit material leaving the seams all wavy and pulled out of place. It’s just a learning curve and something that can be accomplished. But like I said it was my first suit and a definite learning experience. I have plans to redo Sophia’s bikini top which is the part that did not turn out quite how I wanted.

The suit starts at size 6 months and goes up to a size 10. Its vintage inspired with the high waisted bottoms of the two piece. It has options of a one piece or a two piece with center ruching panels on either suit, peplum skirt, leg frills, halter straps or adjustable straps. A ton of different ways to make this suit completely your own. I did the two piece with ruching, leg frills and halter straps. I have plans for more in the future!! You can pick up the pattern here!: https://www.etsy.com/listing/192629737/the-cosi-swimsuit-pdf-pattern?ref=shop_home_active_1

It is honestly the cutest swimsuit I have seen and LOVE that I can make it for years and summers to come!!

Suzanne was super awesome and really involved in the whole testing process. She listened to all of the feedback from every tester and implemented any changes to make the pattern seamless and perfect.

Here is my finished suit and Sophia loves it! (The top is loose around top and bottom so I am going to recut and redo that whole piece)

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Thanks for checking out my project!!

Catie

ETA: I’m not sure why the photos are so small! I will be back to add larger. Also it was a grey rainy day here when I took these.

RIP favorite tshirt <3

I’ve had this same T-shirt since high school from Urban Outfitters and it is my absolute favorite. It’s fitted through the bust somewhat and then flows away from the body in a really pretty silhouette. Everyone always asked if I was pregnant because it really does look like a maternity shirt LOL Comfiest shirt ever!!
Well.. It passed away a couple of nights ago. I completely deconstructed it because it had too much wear and large holes started forming.
I don’t have any great photos of it on me before because it was just in pretty bad shape. BUT, I was able to take it apart carefully and use it as a base for a new shirt and it is almost identical!! I am so so so proud!! And super excited because that means I can recreate this top that is no longer sold, a million times over if I want!! So here are a few pics and I just *know* that you’ll be as pumped as I am 😉

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Fabric is a lightweight red tag knit from Joanns.

I love it!! I know most will think “wow.. a tshirt” HAHA but its so much more than that!

Thanks for reading!
Catie

My “Caroline” pattern test for Mouse House Creations

I had the privilege of testing a new women’s top/dress pattern by Mouse House Creations
It’s a very classic design with a ton of included options.

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* 5 sleeve lengths: sleeveless, cap, short, 3/4 length, and long.
* 4 skirt lengths: peplum, above knee, at knee, and below knee.
* 2 skirt styles: gathered and pleated
* 2 neckline heights
* optional peter pan collar
* optional inseam pockets
* optional belt loops

I chose to do the peplum with collar option which I LOVE!
This was my first time inserting a zipper and a collar and her instructions were awesome. 🙂
I see many more of these in my closet for sure!

She even has this in little girl sizes so Sophia and I can match!!
http://www.welcometothemousehouse.com/product/caroline-party-dress?affiliates=SewSewphia

The pattern is now available here: http://www.welcometothemousehouse.com/product/ladies-caroline-dress-peplum?affiliates=SewSewphia

Here comes the photo bomb!

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Link to purchase:
http://www.welcometothemousehouse.com/product/ladies-caroline-dress-peplum?affiliates=SewSewphia
Thanks for visiting!

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Catie

Tights into Leggings: Free Tutorial!

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Sophia has these adorable heart knee tights that she outgrew (or they shrank) that I just couldn’t part with. I thought.. why not repurpose into leggings? It was super quick, great results and you only need a sewing machine and a twin needle.

Supplies:
Tights
Twin Needle
Coordinating Thread

Lay out your tights and cut the feet off. I cut it right above where it started curving, as low as I could.

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You’ll need two spools of thread in the same color, OR what I did is use a bobbin and a spool of thread.
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I put my width and length to their max so that the stitch would stretch a little with the fabric.
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I also lowered my presser foot pressure to a 1 so that it wouldn’t pull the knit material and stretch it out and make a wonky wavy seam.
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Install your twin needle and thread left to right. Top Bobbin in the left needle, spool in the right.

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Fold your bottom legs in and under about a 1/4″ or however short you want them to be. Pin in place.
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Sew on the TOP, the outside, so that the nice double rows of top stitching are visible on the outside and the zig zag is inside against the leg.

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They’re DONE! Beautiful! 🙂 And she’ll get a little bit more use out of them before I have to donate.

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