Sewing Swimwear 2.0

May 17, 2022
Four years after our first Sewing Swimwear episode, we’re back on the topic with more sewing tips, better fabric information, and lots of great pattern recommendations! We also cover ideas for adapting non-swimwear patterns into swimwear, swim coverup ideas, places to buy swimwear fabric, and a review of all the swimwear we have sewn ourselves. Plus: listener feedback from our Getting Started with Pattern Drafting episode!

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The Skin Cancer Foundation

Sun Protective Clothing

Your clothing doesn't just look great. It also absorbs or blocks harmful UV radiation and remains one of the most effective forms of protection against sun damage and skin cancer. What's more, sun-protective clothing is the simplest way to stay safe; unlike sunscreen, you never need to reapply!
Megan Nielsen Patterns Blog

How to Calculate Stretch Percentage (with FREE Print at Home Guide)

In my sewing patterns created for stretch fabrics i often talk about the required fabric in terms of stretch percentage. For example, in the Briar tee pattern i say that you need to use a fabric with at least 20% stretch. For my maternity patterns i generally suggest fabrics with at least 40% stretch.

What is Direction of Greatest Stretch (or Pull) in Bra Making?

A quick blog post today answering the question - what is direction of greatest stretch, or pull, in bra making? In a woven fabric, grainline indicates the direction of the fabric that has the least amount of stretch. In most cases, patterns are aligned with this line.
Cloth Habit

Make a Foam Cup Bra

Learn how to make a bra with a foam cup lining! In this 3-part tutorial, you'll learn how to make a bra with a seamed foam lining. Many of these techniques can be used for adding foam to swimsuit cups, too!
Helen's Closet Patterns

Reno Bikini Top Sewalong " Helen's Closet Patterns

Hello makers! Today I am hosting a quick sewalong for the Reno Bikini top from Seamwork Magazine. I was so pleased with my first make of this pattern that I decided to share the steps involved to encourage others to give this pattern a try.
Tuesday Stitches

How to Sew a Swimsuit with a Skirted Bottom

Adding a skirt to the bottom of your swimsuit is a great way to give it a bit of personality while also adding a bit of coverage. You can customize the length from cheeky to modest and you can customize the fullness from girly to sporty.
Muna and Broad

Tarlee T-Shirt swimwear

If you're thinking about swimwear, we've got you covered! This week, Leila has whipped up a couple of swimwear options so that she can make the most of summer! This lovely large-scale print was from Blackbird Fabrics and sold out very quickly last year!

How to Sew Swim Shorts with the Belmont Leggings | Cashmerette

It's the last day of Cashmerette Swim Week! We're wrapping things up with a a brand new tutorial where we show you how to sew swim shorts using the Belmont Leggings & Yoga Pants pattern. Wearing a swimsuit can feel a lot like wearing underwear in public.
Thriftanista in the City

{DIY} Easy Four Seam Summer Caftan

Caftans are the perfect cover up at the beach. They're also super cozy as loungewear or a casual maxi dress. I thank Ms. Roper on Three's Company for the trend. It seems to have made a resurgence lately. I'm seeing them everywhere or maybe I'm just looking for them everywhere.
Friday Pattern Company

Vernazza Two Piece - PDF Pattern

Whether you're frolicking along the coastline of northern Italy or sunbathing in your backyard, the Vernazza Two Piece will have you feeling glamorous and comfortable. It features tank straps, an adjustable tie front, and a soft waistband.
Helen's Closet Patterns

Sandpiper Swimsuit " Helen's Closet Patterns

The Sandpiper Swimsuit is the ultimate sporty two piece for swimming, water sports, and fun in the sun! Choose high-waisted or low-rise bottoms and mix and match them with the Sandpiper Swimsuit top.

The Reno Swim Suit Sewing Pattern, by Seamwork

The Reno swim top and high-waisted bottom are a comfortable, vintage-inspired swim set. Reno features a flattering and comfortable swim top with seamed cups that provide soft shaping, while the wide neck and back ties offer ample support. The swim bottoms offer two versions, both featuring a high-rise fit and full coverage seat.
Closet Core Patterns

Sophie Swimsuit Pattern

I have made bras before, but was always nervous to incorporate underwires. No more! They are easier than expected and the instructions were thorough. There are a lot of steps, but I found it to be really worth sewing and a super enjoyable process.
Closet Core Patterns

Bombshell Swimsuit Pattern

This is my first swimsuit and it went pretty well. The end result is gorgeous ! I made the high waist version and hack the halter top by adding a strap underneath. The top is slighty too large though (I think I didn't stretch the elastic enough).
Maison Fleur

8101 Halterneck Swimsuit PDF Pattern

The 8101 set is sure to make a splash with its three flattering and easy-to-wear variations! Tap into your inner Jane Mansfield with the halter silhouette, which features soft gathers at the bust and delicate ruching and ties on the hips. The one-piece comes with two back variations-an elegantly modest high back or a sassy lower cut.

4013 // ZOE Long-Sleeve Rashguard Swimsuit

Printed and downloadable (PDF) sewing pattern to make the Zoé rashguard swimsuit, for girls and women, by Jalie

The Almada Robe Sewing Pattern, by Seamwork

Almada is a light robe that will instantly elevate your loungewear. There is plenty of ease for movement and comfort in this soft, flowing robe that falls at mid-thigh. A wide tie finishes this unique robe. Krystal is wearing a size 8 Almada, her measurements are 36.25", 29", 39".
Discovery Fabrics

Performance Fabric. Outerwear, Activewear, Dance, Base layer, Swimming

Shop Top Quality Brand Fabrics. Outerwear Softshell and Active Wear. Stretch, Natural Bamboo,Waterproof, Insulating, Baselayer, Moisture Management, Thermal, Wicking, Flame Resistant Fabrics. Hiking, Running, Biking, Yoga, Dancewear, Skate, Costume. Polartec, GORE-TEX.

Porcelynne, Quality Bra Making Supplies, Patterns and Books

Porcelynne carries a quality selection of bra making supplies with bulk and wholesale options, pattern drafting books and downloadable patterns.
The Fabric Fairy

Dark Navy and Off White Marble Flow Stretch Boardshort Fabric

The Fabric Fairy, this quality stretch woven boardshort can be used for so many different projects!! UPF 50+. 2-way Fabric Uses: Shorts, Jackets, Boardshorts FABRIC HELP FABRIC CARE : Fabrics should be washed in the same manner before sewing as they will be washed once a garment is constructed.
Nettle's Tale

All Swimwear

Mix & match, bikinis, one-piece swimsuits, high-rise bottoms and more, all made in Vancouver.