Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sewing Pattern Testing- Cole's Corner and Creations- Surfside Tankini- Dolly and Me

Posted by Heather at Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hello, Summer!! We are ready for you!! After our first full year of Kindergarten, our Lil' Miss is ready for summer break! Summer camps, ballet recitals and fun in the sun.... especially pool time!!
Once again, I wanted to sew up a bathing suit for Lil' Miss (and her doll- and fourth family member- Samantha ;-).  So, when Cole's Corner and Creations put out a tester call to test their newest bathing suit, the Surfside Tankini and matching dolly bathing suit, I dove right in (pun intended- hahahaha!).

The Cole's Corner and Creations Surfside Tankini is a modest two piece tankini featuring a halter style top and boy shorts bottom.Top front and boy shorts are lined for extra coverage.

First, some pattern details for the Cole's Corner and Creations Surfside Tankini;
-The Cole's Corner and Creations Surfside Tankini is sized for 1/2-16.
-The Cole's Corner and Creations Surfside Tankini PDF sewing pattern features layered, trimless pattern pieces. That means that you only print the size that you need/want AND there is less cutting involved- win!
-The Cole's Corner and Creations Surfside Tankini PDF sewing pattern includes the following- a size chart, fabric requirements chart, and elastic cutting chart.
-The Cole's Corner and Creations Surfside Tankini features step-by-step photographs and written instructions for each step.
-The Cole's Corner and Creations Surfside Tankini PDF sewing pattern also includes pattern pieces and/or instructions for optional bows and flower.

I sewed up a straight size six for Lil' Miss. She was dying for a "neck tie" bathing suit (ie halter style), so I left the straps free to tie into a bow behind the neck (instructions in the tutorial also include options for crossed, straight, and/or permanent strap placement). 

To be honest the Cole's Corner and Creations Surfside Tankini sewed up pretty quickly. The boy shorts were simple and easy to accomplish. The part that took the longest to accomplish was sewing in all the swim elastic. Trust me, though, elastic around the top bottom hem, neck, arms, straps, waist and leg opening are needed for an active swimmer (it keeps everything in place!). Do it once and you can definitely do it again!

The top definitely "hugs" the chest and stays put- a great fit. The boy shorts are not at all revealing or cut too high- perfect for little swimmers! Also, the two piece aspect of the Surfside Tankini make restroom breaks that much easier in a wet suit (only other moms will appreciate that feature!).

Cole's Corner and Creations loves their matching dolly patterns!! So, I just HAD to sew up a matching dolly Surfside Tankini, too! Samantha- Katy's non-swimming-don't-get-wet-American-Doll- looks darling and ready for the beach in her matching Surfside Tankini. ;-) The Cole's Corner and Creations Surfside Tankini- DOLLY is sized for 15" and 18" dolls.

Now, go out and make a splash- sew up the Cole's Corner and Creations Surfside Tankini!

***Disclosure: "I received a free pattern(s) in order to review this pattern for Cole's Corner and Creations. The opinions expressed here are my own."***


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