Santa Monica Tankini

So I am the last stop on the Peek A Boo Pattern Tour!
I had a fun time looking through all of Amy’s patterns when deciding which pattern to sew, and this cute little number jumped out at me.
The Santa Monica Tankini
Gigi needed a new bathing suit and I loved the little butt ruffle on the pattern!
Toddlers + Butt Ruffles = irresistible cuteness.

Totally random info, but we used to live in Santa Monica.
Great beaches and I miss the bike path.
I had a little bit of wide, red striped fabric left over from the strong man costume I made for the play I was working on last month.
As you can see this costume took quite a bit of fabric. I had some big scraps left over and was aching to make something cute like a bathing suit.
Sewing for little kids is a lot more fun and easy than sewing for big, grown actors with hard to fit bodies. 
But this actor was a real sweetie.
And the fabric was free!
bathing suit sewing pattern
This was the first time I made a bathing suit and it was quite painless.
The directions were clear and the fit is accurate.
I am itching to make myself one now.

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Here are the little ruffles!
If I could get away with it, I’d wear them too.
I made the ruffles two and a half times the width of the bathing suit bottom, longer than the pattern advised. I like really full ruffles.
The ideal standard for a ruffle is usually 2.5 times the width of garment for thicker fabric and three times the width for very thin fabrics.
Ready to wear will often be less, so as to save on fabric costs.
It was a little chilly during this photo shoot. 
Poor Gigi is shivering a little.
We threw a sweater on her right after this.
I love that grumpy face!
I have been loving the color combination of aqua and red. It looks so fresh and modern.
If you would like to try making this pattern yourself it is on sale today for only five dollars, 40% off the normal price!
Not only is the Santa Monica Tankini pattern on sale today,
 but there is also a giveaway.
One lucky winner will win three patterns of their choice from the Peek a boo Pattern shop.
If you would like to win, visit the shop and come back here to leave a comment saying which three patterns you would choose.
This giveaway will remain open until Sunday, July 29, at 11:00 PM PST.
The winner will be announced Monday, July 30.

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  1. Shirley Ann says

    Cute patterns! I like the sweetheart halter, convertible pants, and the sadie nightie. Keeping my fingers crossed! 🙂

  2. says

    Thanks for the chance to win. I’d choose the Floppy Flower Sun Hat, the Stella Sundress and the Cowl Neck Pullover.

  3. The F Girl says

    Aww, she looks so adorable! I love the colour combination too. It’s so fresh and fun!

    What a wonderful giveaway, by the way. I peeked at the patterns and would love to win the waikiki onepiece, susie sun dress and the beach bum bermudas. Oh the exitement! 🙂

  4. Rachel Booth says

    I love the swimsuit! SO cute on her!

    If I won, I’d pick the Isabella dress, the Jackie dress, and the Lazy Days Romper! 🙂

  5. Angel says

    I absolutely love the newsie cap, and I would also like to pick the Stella Sundress and the summer pajamas.

  6. Estelle says

    This swimsuit, the Sadie nightie and the Natalie dress. I have really enjoyed seeing what everyone has done with their chosen pattern!

  7. VickiT says

    I love this tankini. Super cute.
    If I win I would (probably) buy:
    Ruffle Bum Romper
    Retro Romper
    Sweetheart Halter or the Sporty Girl Skort

  8. Michaela @ says

    i’d like the gracie romper, the pyper cardi, and the madison dress!

  9. Sarah : ) says

    Wow. I had never heard of this pattern company, but love the variety for kids. I would love to have a pattern for the pier 49 convertible pants, the chloe reversible jacket and cap, and the newsie cap. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Beth says

    I’d choose the Ashley Knit Ruffle Dress, the Evelyn Dress, and the Gracie Romper (my fav!). bethfouche at hotmail dot com

  11. Amy Stevens says

    Ahhhhh! I’m dying from the cuteness! I love good boys’ patterns and love unisex patterns even more.
    The three I would choose are the Jack and jill Shortalls, Olivia and Oliver Pea Coat, and the Gracie Romper.

  12. Toni-Maree says

    I would love the Olivia and Oliver Pea Coat, the Alex and Anna Summer PJs and the Pier 49 Convertable Pants! 🙂
    toni.maree (at)

  13. Brandyn says

    I just LOVE your choice of Red, White & Aqua! I purchased the pattern just now! I ‘pinned’ it to my “Hope Board” after your previous post on it & couldn’t pass it up @ that price!

    I would love to win the Varsity Cowl Neck, Petal Dress, Convertible Cargos…and so much more~THANKS!

  14. Andi says

    I would pick the Madison, the Ruffle Bum Romper and Baby’s 1st Cowboy Boots.

    cochina1414 at yahoo dot com

  15. Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom says

    That suit is just too cute! your little one is darling too!

  16. Jaime Johnson says

    I love the bubble shorts! Of course that santa monica tankini and for the third…the anabelle jacket – all of them are adorable though! Thanks! jaimemhjohnson at gmail dot come

  17. Keri says

    I love the Lucy , Sweetheart halter and The varsity cowl neck pullover! Great patterns!

  18. "Tin" Marsh says

    I would pick the Annabelle jacket, the Madison dress and the Natalie dress. SO HARD TO CHOOSE!

  19. Kat @ KaydeeBunz says

    I LOVE all their patterns, but if I have to pick Id go with….The Lucy Dress, The Santa Monica Sweetheart Tankini, and The Varsity Cowl Neck Pullover!! Thanks so much for this great giveaway, my email is zoggss (at) hotmail (dot) com

  20. Pinspiring Leah says

    I’m mainly sewing for my boy, so I’d choose the Varsity Cowl Pullover, Convertible Pants and the Pea Coat. They are all so so cool!