Summer Swimwear Tour 2016 // Classic Maillot

Classic Maillot Swimsuit Pattern: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

Have you been following along with the Summer Swimwear Tour this past week? Well, today is the last day and I'm sharing another version of the ever so adorable Classic Maillot, view E mashed with G, and H.

Since today is the last day of the tour, you'll want to make sure to check out the discount codes at the bottom of the post and take advantage of them!

Classic Maillot Swimsuit Pattern: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

When I was asked to be a part of the tour, I just had to say yes, because I had yet to sew a swim suit for my girl this year, and it was just the push I needed to do it. And since this pattern included such an adorable tankini version, I knew immediately that was the one for us. She only does tankinis these days for bathroom reasons. One pieces frustrate her to the point of tears, trying to get them back on while wet.

This fabric was a pair that I purchased from the Fabric Fairy 2 years ago and had yet to use. Imagine Gnats graciously sponsored the tour participants with fabric if they chose to do so, and trust me I was tempted, but decided to be good and use what was already in my stash ;) It was a good decision because my purple loving princess was totally thrilled. And I must say, the combo turned out just as good as I was picturing in my head!

Classic Maillot Swimsuit Pattern: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

Her measurements placed her in a size 3 width wise, and a 4 in length. There are super handy adjustment lines included in the pattern for this so this adjustment is a breeze to make.

I didn't make any changes to the pattern except to make sure the elastic was fitting well as I went along, shortening some, and lengthening some. (Only by a about a 1/2" most of the time) The only goof I made with that was making the lower chest elastic just a tad too short I think. I actually made it a little longer than the cutting guide suggested. I wrapped the piece around her before sewing it on to the fabric and it seemed ok, but then after sewing it to the fabric it added bulk and feels "just right". I'm hoping it'll still fit next year, but we'll just have to see!

Just a tip to check the elastic as you go, if possible! I'm not sure why it looks like the straps are a little loose in the picture below, because they really aren't!

Classic Maillot Swimsuit Pattern: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

Oh! I guess I did make one other change to the pattern. I didn't line the lower part of the tankini. I didn't think it seemed necessary, and from personal experience I think it sometimes makes them too hot. That being said, I ran out of my regular white swimsuit lining while cutting out the pattern, grumbled a while, and then remembered I had a small piece of nude power mesh from Imagine Gnats Shop! So I made it work and the bottoms are lined with white swim lining in the front and nude power mesh in the back. All that to say, the power mesh is definitely lighter and would work well for lining in the case where you want a lining but not a lot of extra bulk or warmth!

Classic Maillot Swimsuit Pattern: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

This was my first swim suit made with my serger. OHMIGOODNESS. It's love. Serging on the elastic and using my largest twin stretch needle (size 4), yielded the best finish I've ever done on a swimsuit! It's ok to pat yourself on the back for something like this, right??

Classic Maillot Swimsuit Pattern: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

She was excited about the twirl factor, and had to see if it made her look like a ballerina :) But, swoon. That back! It's love!

Classic Maillot Swimsuit Pattern: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

Then, for the most exciting part... Testing it out!

Classic Maillot Swimsuit Pattern: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

Thumbs up!! Everything stayed in place through many cannon balls and flips in the water, even some roughhousing with the brother and nothing moved. Trust me, this is a big deal. She is NOT a fan of swimwear that scooches out of place ;)

Classic Maillot Swimsuit Pattern: Sewn by Handmade Frenzy

We are fans of the Classic Maillot, and it won't be her only one, that's for sure! The pattern goes up to size 12, so she can have MANY more in her future, yay!!

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:


  1. I just adore how this turned out Heidi! Thanks so much for joining in!

    1. I'm so glad to hear that!! Thanks for having me, the pattern is one of my favorites!

  2. What an adorable fabric choice?! Soooo cute!!! It came out so perfect!!

    1. Thank you Kat!! I'm so happy with how it turned out 😊

  3. I love this outfit so much! I have a weakness for polka dots, and this is perfectly adorable!


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