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Friday, July 29, 2016

Skirting the Issue - Free SwimSkirt Pattern

It's time for 2016's Skirting the Issue, hosted by Simple Simon & Company, and I'm thrilled to be a part of this great cause again this year.  If you aren't familiar with Skirting the Issue, take a minute to familiarize yourself and then come back to get all the info about this fun FREE SwimSkirt pattern supplement to the Classic Maillot.

I designed this Classic Maillot SwimSkirt to fit with the bottoms of the Classic Maillot pattern, but you don't need to own the Classic Maillot pattern to make it as I've included the bottoms in the free download as well.  So everything you'll need to make this adorable SwimSkirt is included.  All you have to do is join the Designs by Call Ajaire Facebook Group to access the free file.

The SwimSkirt is designed to just skim the lower edge of the bottoms when unhemmed so it's a true swim skirt.  If you want to hem the skirt it'll be a little shorter, but still just as adorable.

To go with the SwimSkirt I made a Classic Maillot tankini without the regular tankini "skirt" portion.  I just cut the maillot pattern at the waist and extended the top by a couple of inches and hemmed the edge.  It was an easy hack and I think it turned out to be a great shape with this SwimSkirt.

This might be Bean's favorite swimsuit I've made so far and I've made a bunch this summer.  It's super cute watching her run around in it and she said she feels like a princess.

Speaking of princesses, look at this adorable Ariel version tester Maggie made for her girl.  This one has a fold over hem and she's wearing it over a Classic Maillot view D.

Here's another adorable one on Maggie's girl and this one (including the Classic Maillot tankini hack I mentioned above) has a lettuce edge hem and I love the use of the blue thread!

And this version by Gina of Sew Penny Vintage turned out perfect!  I love the color/pattern mix of the fabrics.

She did a fantastic hack of the Classic Maillot for this cropped tankini so read all about that here.

So again, this Classic Maillot SwimSkirt is available for FREE just for joining the Designs by Call Ajaire Facebook group so come on over and join in the fun.  If you'd like to purchase the Classic Maillot complete pattern it's on sale in my Etsy shop as a part of the Summer Swimwear Tour 2016. Read on for more of the details on the tour, but first click here to find out more about the Skirting the Issue project and even the prizes up for grabs just for participating.

Join in on the Summer Swimwear Tour fun by using the hashtag #sewswimtour to share your favorite swimwear makes.  And don't forget to enter to win these fabulous prizes from our other sponsors!

Prizes include:
- 1 pattern The Classic Maillot pattern by Designs by Call Ajaire
- 1 pattern The Swim and Surf Shorts by Gracious Threads
- 1 pattern Just Keep Swimming by The Wolf and the Tree
- 1 pattern of choice (excludes bundles) by Pienkel
- 1 pattern of choice by AimerLae & Finn
- 1 pattern of choice by Rachel Rossi Design
- Free Jellyfish Swim Cap pattern via Sew by Pattern Pieces Group
- 1 pattern of choice by Dandelions n Dungarees
- 1 pattern of choice by E + M patterns
- 5 patterns of choice by George & Ginger
- $30 gift certificate by The Fabric Fairy
- 1 pattern of choice by Sunday Girl Designs
- 1 pattern of choice by 5 out of 4 Patterns
That's 17 patterns + $30 in fabric!!
Enter the giveaway below:
During the tour Designs by Call Ajaire is offering 20% off all patterns in the Etsy shop using the code SWIMTOUR, Gracious Threads is offering 15% off the purchase of 3 or more patterns in her shop (no coupon needed), and The Wolf and the Tree is offering 15% off patterns in her shop using the code SWIMTOUR as well.  So take a few minutes to visit Call Ajaire, Gracious Threads, and The Wolf and the Tree and of course the rest of the lovely blogs we have on the tour:

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