The Project Jet Set travel pattern capsule was released earlier this month and today we’re heading to Sardinia (in spirit haha) through a few of the swim pattern options.
The island of Sardinia is known for its white sandy beaches and gorgeous coastline, but it also boasts thrilling hikes along its rocky cliffs and through lush vegetation. These swim options are perfectly suited for a morning hike before hitting the beach at midday. All the fabrics were sponsored by KnitFabric.com and lovely as always to work with. A good, sturdy swim fabric can make all the difference and these UV 50+ fabrics are a delight.
A great sun to sea option are boardshorts and the Singapore Shorts worked perfectly with just a couple of tweaks. These shorts from Suco by Susana aren’t designed as board shorts, but they already come with a knit waistband option so I couldn’t help myself. I shortened the unisex pattern by about 4.5″ at the legs and added a swim bottom inside (I used my free Classic Maillot SwimSkirt pattern), but otherwise this it was sewn together as the instructions. It was a super easy hack and secured my thoughts that every travel pattern capsule should have a boardshort option!
I used the Serape Stripe boardshort fabric from KnitFabric.com because I love that print so much. You may recall that I used the same print, but in swimsuit fabric for our Watercolor Beach photos two years ago. It’s been updated to a boardshort fabric that’s rated UV 50+ so I snagged some cause that print just screams summer and the tropics to me.
Bean is super into blue these days so I knew I’d be pulling out the blueish tones from the boardshort fabric for the rashguard. I used the Knitfabrics.com UV 50+ swim fabric in Globe Blue for the main color. The Waves and Wild Reef Beach Rashie was a super easy make and the perfect backdrop for a digital design and some vinyl. The Project Jet Set Travel Posters are really fun and there are so many designs included that you could use in any number of ways. I grabbed the cute Vespa from the Paris poster and added the word ciao to it for a nod to Italy and something a little fun that my tween would enjoy.
This. Girl. Ha! She is a trip. For her outfit I knew I wanted to hack my Rimini Romper to a swim top, so I started there. I added about 1.5″ to the bottom of the bodice pattern pieces and then sewed the pattern together as is through attaching the necklines. For the lining I used regular swim lining and at the neckline I added 3/8″ (1cm) elastic before turning to the right side. Then, instead of sewing the armscye seams using the burrito method as in the pattern instructions, I sewed the side seams together first (lining and main separately) and then attached some elastic to the arm openings, treating the main and lining as one, just like you would with a regular swim pattern. For the bottom edge I simply hemmed the lining and main together.
The result is this super cute swim top with the little fluttery flounces that I love. I chose the Happy Hibiscus UV50+ swim fabric to add a tropical feel and I paired it with more of the gorgeous solid swim from KnitFabric.com, this time in Freshwater colorway. I thought the PB Shorties from Waves and Wild would look super cute with the Rimini Romper swim top and those rouched sides were the perfect touch. The pattern comes with options for rouched or plain sides and two lengths of which I chose the shorter.
The girls had fun on this pretend hike through the tropics of Italy and the Project Jet Set travel pattern capsule had all the options necessary for comfort and style.