Saturday, July 2, 2016

Pool side Beach Party Tour

Today, I am part of the Pool side Beach party blog tour. In March, I was part of the Spring break blog tour, and two of the organizers (Sprouting JubeJube and Lulu&Celeste of that event joined hands to bring you this most recent party. This time 27 bloggers will treat you on all things pool party like swim suits, sun hats and cover-ups. I decided not to choose and make all three.

The main piece of my outfit is the bikini. My middle daughter asked me for swim trousers a while ago, because that way she can go to the toilet much easier. When I asked her if she only wanted the bottom part, or also a top, her eyes began to sparkle. She had not considered getting a top, but she loved the idea of a bikini. I searched my Ottobre pile but did not find a pattern in her size that could please me. So, I hacked a swimsuit pattern from the latest edition.

It turned out that my daughter has a three size difference (on the Ottobre scale) between her chest (size 98) and hip size (size 80). I know that swim wear fabric is extremely elastic, but it still pleases me that I can just make her a bikini that fits her perfectly. A few months ago, I bought the aqua colored swim suit fabric at Textielstad, but I did not have any specific plans yet. I just wanted to have to possibility to sew some swim wear if I ever needed it. Last week, I bought some additional purple to have a nice contrast with the blue. My daughter loves it, she begged for fittings while I was sewing and she actually wanted to sleep in it the night it was finished.

The second piece of the outfit is a bucket hat from Flosstyle (currently available with a 15% discount). I made my mother a summer hat to try out the pattern. My daughter loved that hat so much, that she wanted one in exactly the same size. Of course I complied (keeping in mind that this way I can actually borrow it from her). I used jersey on one side and a heavy fabric on the other (the same I used for this foldable bag). Top stitching the jersey on a non-stretching fabric was not a joyful moment, but I managed and I think it looks great. I bought the star jersey at Joyfits at a crazy discount. She regularly has heavily discounted fabrics behind the "low prices" button. Earlier this week I needed some mustard yellow jersey (and she has my favorite color) and I turned out buying several meters of A-quality fabric for very low prices.

The last piece of the outfit is this beach cover-up. Three years ago I bought a meter of jersey bath towel, also at joyfits. Inspiration did not come though. The blog tour was just the right push. I made her an oversized circle skirted dress like cover op. With hindsight I should have added a hood. I did not think of it, because she already had a hat, but I should have realized she would want one because she will be wearing this cover-up at the indoor pool we visit every week. I will simply add the hood next week (or I at least I hope I will).

Today is the last day of the tour, so that means you do not have to wait, to check all the things the other bloggers made. There a lot of inspiring stuff, check out the others through this list.

Lulu & Celeste * 5 out of 4 * The Wholesome Mama * Sew Happily Ever After * BLAVERRY *  From a Box * Élégantine! * Wining Wife * Phat Quarters * Handmade Boy * Sew Sophie Lynn * Sprouting JubeJube * MCB Créations * Gracious Threads * Sew and Tell Project * Pear Berry Lane * Creative Counselor * Inspinration * Golden Rippy * Mahlica Designs * Filles à Maman *  Call Ajaire  * Cindy Parrett  * Adventures with Bubba and Bug  *  Paisley Roots *

Blog tours usually means give aways, and this one isn't different. You can fill in the Rafflecopter with a chance to win $20 Gift Certificate to Phat Quarters.

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There are also several coupon Codes:

Sofilantjes* The entire shop (excluding bundles), is on sale with the code FREEDOM. Valid until July 4th. They just released a new summer dress and bolero, check it out!

Modkid (use the code POOLSIDE2016 for 25% of at checkout until July 2nd)
SewHappily Ever After with the code Poolside16 get 50% off the Nana tote in thier Etsy shop until July 4th
JennuineDesign  is having an unrelated sale on selected patterns until June 30th. 40% off with code SATYASEASON
PhatQuarters Free US shipping on orders of $25 or more with code SUMMER25 
BLAVERRY 15% off with code INDEPENDENCE2016  until July 10th
5 Out 4Patterns  FIREWORKS2016 for 20% off your purchase now (6/27/2016) through Monday, July 4th, 2016. (Coupon cannot be used on PowerNet fabric) 
Filles àMaman JULYONETOFIVE for 25% off everything including bundles, the coupon is valid from july 1st ending July 5th midnight EDT
GraciousThreads 40% off all patterns with code canadaday2016 Good from July 1st to 8th 
MouseHouse Creations 35% off patterns and ready-to-sell items with code BOOM Good from June 30th to July 6th 11:59pm est 


  1. Leuke kleurencombi van de bikini. Laat het mooie weer nu maar komen!

  2. You definitely made a darling and complete look for your little one. I love the red and white stripes!

  3. I am inspired by your creativity! The purple and blue bikini is adorable and I especially love the flounce on the bottom piece. So cute that your daughter wanted to sleep in it...she loved it that much! Lucky kiddo and mama!

  4. Cuteness overload - the suit, the hat, the spinning! Love it.

  5. Love each piece- but the color of the bikini is beautiful! I need to try making a hat- they look so cute!

  6. The swimsuit is so cute! LOVE the coverup! My oldest keeps hoarding all the coverups we have, so I for sure need to make two for the younger ones!

  7. Her swimsuit is so cute!! The coverup is fun, first I've ever seen with a circle skirt, I love it! :)