Azur and Cloud 9 swim patterns are here

April 22, 2015

Hello! It’s almost a month since I last posted but I promise I have been very busy behind the scenes. I am really excited to share a double pattern release with you today.

About a year ago I started working on two swim patterns with my amazing friend Celina from Petit à Petit and Family. Little did we know that we’d still be working on them a whole year later. Today I am here to share the good news though – they are finally ready and available to buy! You can find the Cloud 9 swim shorts and tank here and the Azur reversible swimsuit here. For a limited time only you can buy both patterns to get a 25% discount (just add both to your cart on the Titchy Threads site).

We have put a huge amount of work into these patterns and we’re so pleased with the final results. It’s been an amazing experience and I’ve learned so much during the process. Both patterns are reversible with the option to colour block and are available in sizes 6-12 months to 12 years. I talk a little bit further down about my fabric source for the tank tops and next week I will return with a blog post covering a lot of great sources for swimsuit fabric. Here are all the details…


Cloud 9 Swim Shorts and Tank Pattern by Titchy Threads and Petit a Petit and Family

This swim shorts and tank set can be worn together or as separates. The tank has a slim fit with slim shoulders and can be made with a regular hem or a cuffed hem. The shorts include options for layers regular or colour blocked. They can be made reversible or you can use the leg cuffs for a non-reversible pair. I love how the reversible ones come together, the last few steps still seem like magic.

It’s even been warm enough for my boys to wear theirs on a recent trip to the beach.

Cloud 9 swim shorts and tank - at the beach

Cloud 9 swim shorts and tank - at the beach

Cloud 9 swim shorts and tank - at the beach

The recommended fabric is swimsuit fabric with a nylon / lycra content and 4 way stretch (at least 50% in both directions). However, you could make the tank in a good quality cotton / lycra jersey.

You can find the Cloud 9 pattern here in the Titchy Threads shop.

Cloud 9 swim shorts and tank line drawings

To get the animal prints on the tanks I had the fabric custom printed at L&S Prints. They are the only custom print fabric company I’ve found that prints swimsuit fabric on a small scale basis.  Fortunately for me they are based in the UK. It isn’t cheap (£23 for one metre including shipping) and the upload process was a bit clunky. However, most custom print fabric is not cheap and once the company had received my image the fabric was printed and arrived really quickly (I think within 3 or 4 working days).

Cloud 9 swim shorts and tank - elephant panel

I only got a quick photo on my phone but this is what I managed to fit on 1 metre of fabric. It’s enough for 5 tank tops, 4 panels and one pair of shorts. I set up my design in Inksape and laid out the full sized pattern pieces initially, then placed the images I wanted to use on to, to make sure they would fit. The animal images are from Shutterstock and the monkey print is an old design based on Rowan’s favourite soft toy, which I wrote about here and here.

Fabric layout


Azur Reversible Swimsuit - pdf pattern by Titchy Threads and Petit a Petit and Family

The Azur is a fully reversible swimsuit with a really unique design. You have two different shoulder straps (halterneck with clasp or cross over) as well as an optional extra back strap. Each layer can be made with a regular view or colour blocked. The pattern also includes optional bows. It’s a very versatile pattern and you can make sure each swimsuit you sew is truly one of a kind.

Azur Reversible Swimsuit with colour block, halter strap and back strap

Azur Reversible Swimsuit with halter strap - front view

Azur Reversible Swimsuit with halter strap, additional back strap and colour block panel

You can find the Azur pattern here in the Titchy Threads shop.

Azur Reversible Swimsuit - options

So there you go. Two very versatile patterns that will allow to to make a huge variety of swimwear for your children.


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  • Reply Ines April 22, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Congratulations!! I’m so happy for you both! These are amazing patterns and I’m sure they’ll be a hit! And your fabrics are so cool! I definitely want to give this shop a try! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your perfect patterns with the world. xxx <3

  • Reply Magda E. April 22, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Congratulations Laura! These are absolutely great and I’m still itching to make the azur for myself… I’m wondering if those 5cm in my hips will make a huge difference?! hehe…

  • Reply abby @ thingsforboys April 23, 2015 at 4:53 am

    Well done ladies! Love the look

  • Reply Rita @ ConversasdeHermanas April 23, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Well done! I love this pattern so much… Can’t wait to start on the summer vacation sewing mode and make a bunch of these! 🙂

  • Reply Carin April 24, 2015 at 1:02 am

    You both did a great job. I just love the printed swimsuit fabric! I have the azur printed snd will hopefully make one soon! Stunning- all of the pieces!

  • Reply Toya April 24, 2015 at 10:52 pm


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