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Free Shell Bikini Top Pattern

Today we’re super lucky to have Melinda from PrimaBelle Creations sharing her free shell bikini top pattern!  If you’re looking for a simple to sew top, to complete your Mermaid costume then this is the “how to” for you!

Free Mermaid Shell Bikini Top Pattern


When I showed my 3 year old the Makana Mermaid Skirt (pattern by Tadah Patterns from One Thimble Issue 16) I made her, she insisted she needed a shell bikini top just like a mermaid princess! So I decided to draft a simple Shell Bikini Top to fuel her imagination!

You will need:
● The Shell Pattern Piece
● 36″ piece of Ribbon or Lace
● Fat Quarter of Fabric
● Low Loft Batting (sew in or iron on)
● Sewing Machine, Thread, Scissors, Iron

Seam allowance is 1/4″

Download Melinda’s full tutorial -> PrimaBelle Creations Shell Bikini Tutorial

Download just the pattern piece -> Shell Bikini Template – PrimaBelle Creations


Let’s begin…

1. Print off your pattern piece. Cut out the shell.

2. Cut the shell pieces from your fabric (2 mirrored pairs) and from the batting (1 mirrored pair).

Shell Bikini Top Requirements
3. Iron the batting (or baste if sew in batting) to the wrong side of two fabric shell pieces.

4. Place one mirrored pair of fabric shells right sides together and sew around the edge, leaving a gap on one side of the shell for turning. Repeat with the other pair.

Step 4 Shell Bikini Top
5. Clip the corners and trim the seam allowance down (excluding the open gap).

6. Turn each one the right way out and press.

Step 6 shell bikini top
7. Topstitch 1/8″ around the edge of the shell pieces, closing the gap you had left for turning.

step 7 shell bikini top
8. Fold your Lace/Ribbon in half. On the underside of each shell pin the Lace/Ribbon (right side down) and with a gap in between the two. For my 3 year old I had a 1/2″ gap but you could have the gap wider for an older child just try it first.

step 8 shell bikini top
9. Secure the Lace/Ribbon down by stitching the edges of the shell (where the topstitching is) and then turn the shells over and topstitch lines to create the look of a shell (as below). You could get fancy here if you like.

step 9 shell bikini top

And here is a close up of the detail…


And you’re all done! Now wasn’t that easy?! Here are a few pics of mine being worn so you
can see how fabulous it is!

I hope you have loved this tutorial as much as I loved creating it!
MUCH Love and Happy Creating
xx Mel xx


PrimaBelle Creations Follow along with more of Melinda’s sewing adventures on Instagram, Facebook or on her Blog

 

 

 

Makana Mermaid Skirt Pattern Pick up your copy of the Makana Mermaid Skirt as a stand alone pattern HERE or as part of Issue 16 HERE.

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OT16 Sneak Peek

One Thimble Issue 16 is now in store -> HERE

If you’re bursting to see what’s included, we’ve got you covered.  Click on the flip-book below and take a little journey through OT16!

 

 

You can pick up your copy -> HERE


New to One Thimble and wondering how it works?

One Thimble is a digital sewing magazine (e-zine).  It is delivered as a PDF file and you can flip through it like a magazine on your computer or tablet device.  Patterns can be printed out on a regular home computer and assembled as you would with a regular PDF pattern.

Purchasing an issue of One Thimble will get you two download links.

One is the link to the E-zine – it has the articles at the front and all the pattern tutorials at the back (but not the pattern pieces).

The second link is to a ZIP file with the stand alone patterns all separate.  You’ll find the pattern pieces here.

If you have any other questions just send me through an email to hello@onethimble.com.au


One Thimble Issue 16

 

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Interview with Melissa from Bella Sunshine Designs

Melissa-Prendergast-Bellasunshine Designs Today I’m so excited to introduce you to Melissa from Bella Sunshine Designs.

She learned to sew at the age of 9 and by 13, she had decided she wanted to one day be a designer. What started off as a childhood dream, quickly evolved into a thriving business. Bella Sunshine Designs has been providing well-fitting, vintage inspired sewing patterns for women and children since 2015.

Melissa contributed the super sweet Josephine Dress to One Thimble Issue 15 and it was such a blast to work with her on this issue!


Tell me a little about your business and how you got into designing/sewing.

My parents owned their own business when I was a child, and when school let out for summer, they let me stay at my grandmother’s during the daytime for the summer. My grandmother is a super talented artist (fun fact: she was commissioned by the President of the US when she was a young woman). She always had some sort of fun project for us to do together. The summer I turned 9, she taught me to sew. My great aunt was a professional dressmaker and taught my grandmother. She, in turn, taught me. That summer on, I knew I wanted to work in fashion design. Here’s a photo of me in the very first me made outfit.

What/where/who inspires you?

So many things. If you are talking design, I love old time, vintage classics! If you are talking business, anyone that has the courage to go out on their own and make it happen. I try my best to surround myself with super positive, successful people. I think that’s one of the best ways to remain successful yourself.

What’s your best tip for people getting started with sewing?

Don’t let fear hold you back. Sew that thing that you are afraid may be beyond your skillset. The only way we ever grow and learn is to push ourselves forward. And in the day of the internet, the answer to your problem is only one YouTube video or Facebook group convo away!

What’s your favourite pattern/ thing you have sewn?

Right now, I am all about the Amelia. I made a matching set for my girls and I, and it is complete love! I have had this design in my head for two years now, and I’m so glad to have finally released it.

BSD-Amelia-Dress-PDF-Sewing-Pattern-Tunic

What you are working on now?

What am I NOT working on right now? I have a bit of designer ADHD combined with being a severe workaholic (7 days a week, 12 hour days). Right now, we are working on a pair of tulip shorts that our testers have been begging us for along with a matching top that has a beautiful flare to it! On top of that, we are in the process of expanding our past women’s patterns further into plus sizes as well as converting some of our super popular children’s patterns into a ladies version. Lastly, I am launching another business geared towards helping other creatives with their business. I’m super excited to launch that later this summer.

What’s something people might not know about you?

I have always been business minded. I started at 9 selling homemade items in my parents shop. Later as a teen, I had my own jewelry line. As a young adult, I owned a professional photography studio that specialized in weddings and portraits for about 6 years. As you can imagine, my skills with a camera have come in handy when photographing things for BSD. It doesn’t hurt that I manage to get cute photos of my kids, too!

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Business Spotlight – Brave Fabrics

Today I’m super excited to introduce you to Erin from Brave Fabrics.  Erin curates a wonderful range of designer fabrics in her online fabric store that are suitable for clothing for kids and adults, as well as quilts and homewares.

However, the real stand out fabrics in her range for me are her bold fabrics for self-care sewing.  If you struggle to find voiles and cotton/silk blends and other apparel fabrics with great drape then Brave Fabrics should definitely be on your must visit list!

Brave Fabrics HQ 2

Brave Fabrics HQ

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OT15 Sneak Peek

One Thimble Issue 15 is out!  This flipbook will show you what’s included …

 

You can pick up your copy -> HERE


New to One Thimble and wondering how it works?

One Thimble is a digital sewing magazine (e-zine).  It is delivered as a PDF file and you can flip through it like a magazine on your computer or tablet device.  Patterns can be printed out on a regular home computer and assembled as you would with a regular PDF pattern.

Purchasing an issue of One Thimble will get you two download links.

One is the link to the E-zine – it has the articles at the front and all the pattern tutorials at the back (but not the pattern pieces).

The second link is to a ZIP file with the stand alone patterns all separate.  You’ll find the pattern pieces here.

If you have any other questions just send me through an email to hello@onethimble.com.au


One Thimble Digital Sewing Magazine Issue 15

Keen to get your copy?

One Thimble Issue 15 will be available to purchase HERE after 12th May.

If you’d like to get your copy the day before you can purchase a subscription from HERE.  Subscribers get their copy the day before everyone else!

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