Hangin’ On To Summer: Soma Swimsuit Tutorial Part 1

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Tropical Leaves – Blush by crystal_walen

August may be winding down, but the sun keeps-a-shining! We here at Sprout are not quite ready to kiss summer goodbye, so Spoonflower designer trizzuto is here to show us how to keep the summer-vibes around just a bit longer! Join Theresa in this two-part Soma Bikini Swimsuit tutorial featuring a #SproutHack variation on the SOMA bikini top. Read part one below to make bottoms and look out for the top hacks on part two on the blog tomorrow.

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Did your heart skip a beat when Sprout Patterns announced they were introducing swimwear from Papercut Patterns this season? I know mine did. With three variations to choose from, the hardest part was deciding which version to go with, and which print to choose from in the Spoonflower Marketplace.

Because there’s nothing terribly tricky like ruching or underwire in this suit, it’s very accessible to all levels of sewists. You don’t even need a serger! Just a trusty zig zag stitch on a basic home sewing machine.  If this is your very first time sewing a swimsuit or even sewing with stretch fabrics, please do not be intimidated. Find yourself pulling your hair out? Just leave me a note in the comment section so I can address any questions or issues you might be having. I promise I’ve had them all myself at one point or another so I can walk you through it!

Picking a design is easily the toughest part. And you thought it was going to be inserting the swimwear elastic — HA! I had my heart set on this gorgeous watercolor tropical print from Crystal Walen, but the scale wasn’t quite right for a swimsuit. Did I give up? Heck no. I sent the designer, Crystal, a short message on Spoonflower requesting the scale change for my project. She was super quick to respond and before I knew it, she had gotten back to me with the changes and I was ready to order (thank you, Crystal!). Do you ever work with designers to tweak and modify designs for your projects? Most are happy to oblige and as a Spoonflower designer myself, I love any opportunity to create something custom just for a particular maker’s project. 

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Five Reasons I Love my Sloan Leggings (and Yoga)

Being part of the Spoonflower print team is the best. But, working nights isn’t always easy – it’s difficult to develop a routine when your schedule is the opposite of the majority of the adult world. Meals are hard. When do you do laundry? And, when do you find the time to exercise when you’re totally not a morning person?

I found a way to get some exercise and a way to avoid doing laundry a little bit longer. The magical solution? Practice yoga, and do it in a new pair of Sloan Leggings from Sprout Patterns.

5 Awesome Things Yoga and my Sloan Leggings Have in Common:

  1. The most important thing: Comfort.

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Does doing yoga mean an excuse to wear leggings and comfy shirts? Yes, please! The Sloan Leggings (also available in a customizable paneled version) are ridiculously comfortable. My pair is made with Cotton Spandex Jersey, a lightweight knit that stretches with me.

  1. I can do yoga/wear my leggings anywhere!

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At my house? On a beach? In the print room? Do yoga. At my house? On the beach? In the print room? Wear leggings. Done. The Sloan Leggings even have a pocket so I can take my music with me, too!

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Bonus: I can also cut out Sprout’s pattern pieces anywhere, since there’s no need to lay the pieces flat. My favorite place is on my couch.

  1. I can do yoga/make leggings anytime!

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6am? My dinner break? A rainy afternoon? The hottest day on record since 1910? Sounds like the perfect time to roll out my yoga mat and my cutting mat! My preference for both activities is usually midnight, which is why I picked Midnight in a Perfect World (black) by Mirjamauno (who just happens to work in Spoonflower’s Berlin office!!!)  for my main design. It’s paired with Black and White Geometric by Crystal Walen for some fun contrast.

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  1. Both yoga and leggings make my life easier.

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Yoga helps you to be strong and flexible. These things are essential for surviving the print room, especially when you’re a tiny person moving cores that are bigger than you are and working with machines that are a constant physical challenge.

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You know what else is great for moving freely and staying comfy during any kind of day? Leggings. And, they’re cute! Dress them up or down for a fun pop of color.

  1. There’s something for everyone (furry friends included).

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Yoga is awesome for everyone, because you can create a flow that fits your lifestyle. Same with the Sloan Leggings – order a pair like mine (Creatures of the Night) or design your own!

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I was even able to make a matching headband from the extra printed fabric to keep my crazy hair at bay in the July beach air. Check out this list of four easy tutorials to make your own, too!

If you make your own pair, hopefully I’ll be the lucky print operator that gets to print them out. And, I’m probably going to be wearing my own leggings while I do it.

Happy stretching!
Gina


gina1.jpgGina is a printer operator at Spoonflower (or as she likes to call her position, “Slayer of Ink Beasts”) and a summer intern with Sprout. When she’s not having audible conversations with machinery, she can be found sharing facts about pigeons or Wonder Woman or old buildings with anyone who will listen. Her hobbies include fabric hoarding, wrestling her sewing projects away from her polydactyl cat Oz, and aimlessly wandering with coffee in one hand and her polaroid in the other.