Tutu Cute/Rio Racerback Mash Up

A mash up of patterns from Peekaboo Pattern Shop


After testing Peekaboo Pattern Shop’s Bahama Mama Peplum Tankini, my little mini me demanded, I mean requested, one too!  I have just about every single Peekaboo Pattern Shop pattern, so my wheels started turning!  The Bahama Mama Tankini features a racerback style, just like the Rio Racerback Tank for girls.  And the Tutu Cute Swim Suit had the length and style I needed for the skirt part of the swim top!

I started by cutting out both patterns and then laying the Tutu Cute on top of the Rio.  The Rio is wider than the Tutu Cute simply because it has a shirt fit and not a swim fit.  I wanted the width of my new pattern to be the width of the Tutu Cute.

I then traced the the patterns onto freezer paper so that I didn’t ruin my originals!

I kept the same scoop of the neckline in the front of the Rio.  The top of the Bahama Mama Tankini is color blocked, and I wanted the same look for my mini me.  I measured 3/4″ down from armcyse down the side seam and drew a line all the way across.  I cut the pattern in half there (see pic).  The top portion is going to be the color blocked part and the bottom will be the print.  I then cut my fabric, remembering to add the 1/2″ seam allowance on each piece of the top where the color blocking would be.


Next, I laid my top color blocked portion on top of the bottom print right sides together and serged with 1/2″ seam allowance.

After sewing the shoulder and side seams, I added the skirt according to the directions in the Tutu Cute Swim Pattern.

And voila!  My Tutu Cute/Rio Mashup!And voila!  My Tutu Cute/Rio Mashup!

I would love to see your Tutu Cute/Rio mash-ups!  Show them off on the Peekaboo Pattern Shop Facebook Page and be sure to use the hashtag #rubyruecreations!