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Sew Your Own Swimsuit

Learn to fit and sew comfortable, flattering bathing suits
Threads #204, Aug./Sep. 2019

Swimsuits are the ultimate summer garments for people who spend time at the beach, lake, or in the pool. A comfortable swimsuit is essential for summer fun; it needs to move with you and be flattering, comfortable, and opaque. Sewing your own swimsuit enables you to create a garment that fits your style and your body. Some sewers imagine swimsuits are complicated garments, but that reputation is not always justified. Whether you’ve only made a handful of garments, or you can make a couture ball gown with one hand behind your back, you can sew a swimsuit.

I’ll break down swimsuit sewing into easy-to-understand segments. I’ll cover fabric choice, construction techniques, and fitting tips. With proper knowledge and technique, any sewer can feel confident in sewing her own swimwear. See the full article by clicking “View PDF” below.


Erin Weisbart sews and designs patterns, including swimwear in extended sizes. TuesdayStitches.com

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  1. Kayla_Groening | | #1

    Great tips for sewing swimwear. Thanks.

    I would like to add a zipper to my rash guard and am wondering if I can use a regular plastic zipper, or whether there are specific swimwear zippers I should use. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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