Not Just a Sunsuit Tour

Today I’m happy to be showcasing a pattern from a new PDF designer and seasoned sewing blogger Call Ajaire. The Paneled Sunsuit tour aptly named Not Just a SunSuit tour has already shown off some great cool weather ways to rock this pattern for those of us moving into cool months.

I’m going to share two layering tanks I made up with the pattern. Or my hack on view F.

Paneled Sunsuit PDFI have more woven fabric than I would like to admit lingering in my stash. The problem is about a year and a half ago my kid became totally uninterested in wearing anything that wasn’t a knit. A lot of it seems to be driven by what she can get on by herself, at least as far as tops are concerned.

The good news? This pattern allows me to use my larger “scrap” pieces and and she actually wants to WEAR them. Happy dance.

Paneled Sunsuit PDFI made a few small adjustments. The first was omitting the elastic channel that runs along the back bodice. I think it’s a super cute feature, but she thinks it’s squeezing her. Not that she has a flair for drama 😉 This feature was easily dropped on the first tank above because this pink fabric is very light and flowy.

The second top I made out of quilting cottons. Because the drape isn’t as nice the back ruching is missed more in the fit under the arm. If I were to do it again I would make some adjustments to account for the elastic removal. Paneled Sunsuit PDFThe tank separate is actually a crop piece. Not terribly friendly for Minnesota falls so I made a quick adjustment and added a band to the bottom. I used the front and back pattern pieces to draw my band so I could maintain the nice curve of the front.

I cut two front bands and two back bands.

Then I sewed the bottom (what would be your hem) of my two fronts wrong side together and the bottom of my backs right sides together.

Then with your fronts pushed open and your backs pushed open sew up both short sides. It looks something like this-

hem band

Then fold wrong sides together and press well.

The beauty of this pattern is everything is very well enclosed. So it seemed a shame to just whip on a band. This way it gives me a really nice clean hem.

I did serge this band onto my lining and bodice joining the two. Then I topstitched my stitching down. So from the inside it looks like this-

Paneled Sunsuit PDF

If you’re not serging and you want a nice clean inside the best option would be to turn over and iron the top edge of the hem band and sandwich your shirt in the band, then topstitchPaneled Sunsuit PDFThese tops have been a huge win at our house and will be great under a cardigan this Fall.

The Paneled Sunsuit pattern will be available 15% through the duration of the tour. Find the pattern details here. 

There will also be lucky giveaway winners!

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Make sure to check out the other stops and creations! 

Monday August 24th:  Max California | Filles à Maman | Hey June | House of EstrelaTuesday August 25th: Skirt Fixation | Gracious Threads | Kimmie Sew Crazy | Shaffer Sisters

Wednesday August 26th: Kid Approved | Pinkel | Falafel and the Bee | Once Upon a Sewing Machine

Thursday August 27th: Buzzmills | Pattern Revolution | Sprouting JubeJube | Handmade Martini

Friday August 28th: That’s Sew Kari | Lulu & Celeste | Paisley Roots | Modern Handmade

Monday August 31st: Sew Cool for the Tween Scene | Kadiddlehopper | Imagine Gnats | Nap Time Creations

Tuesday September 1st: My Sweet Sunshine | Straight Stitch Designs | Handmade Boy | That’s What She Crafted

Wednesday September 2nd: Climbing the Willow | Rebel & Malice | GYCT Designs | Two-Many

Thursday September 3rd: The Crazy Tailor | sewVery | Just Add Fabric | Delia Creates

Friday September 4th: A Jennuine Life | Conversas de Hermanas | Made by Sara | Not Sew Fast

{ 5 comments… add one }
  • Ajaire August 26, 2015, 8:13 am

    I’m so glad you got her to wear woven! 🙂 I love the added band detail – what a great place to feature a fun contrast fabric.

  • Amy Mayen August 26, 2015, 12:06 pm

    Little miss looks adorable! She is growing up fast, it must be impEnding big sisterhood that is suiting her so well. That, and the tops! What a great pattern, I can’t wait to see everyone’s take on it.

  • Emi August 26, 2015, 5:48 pm

    I love the addition of the band – what a great idea! I’m definitely going to do that one my next top. 🙂

  • Pam @Threading My Way August 28, 2015, 7:56 am

    A very pretty top. The elasticised shoulder strap is a great idea.

  • Karly Nelson October 2, 2015, 1:02 am

    LOVE the band on the bottom. That makes such a cute detail. Your pictures are adorable too!

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