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bathing suits

cynret | Posted in General Discussion on

I have been doing a lot of swimming at the local YWCA which seems to eat swimsuits.  I have never tried to make my own, but would like to try.  Does anyone have any hints or suggestions.  Cyndy


  1. NansiM | | #1


    I love and have used Stretch and Sew patterns for swimsuits successfully for 20 years.  The fit goes by actual body measurements with good hints for altering.  they are all multi-size.  The sewing techniques are great, easy and look as good as ready to wear.  Another good one is the Kwik Sew line.  Very similar.  There are not a lot of styles but sure to be something you can use.  Happy searching.

  2. Jean | | #2

    There have been a couple of articles in past Threads about sewing and fitting swimwear. Check out the on-line index. Search for swim suits, swimwear or bathing suits. They would be helpful, I'm sure.

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    yuanator | | #3

    Hi Cyndy,

    I live in Australia and attend water aerobics every day and have found that too my bathers have worn out very quickly.  I have started to make my own bathers.  I cut up an old t-shirt for a pattern for a top and also cut up a pair of boy-leg type bather pants.  I buy two way stretch lycra and line the inside of the pants only.  I have found this to be a cheaper alternative and can have more than one pair which are made in a very short time.  I have had so many compliments about the bathers, and it seems they all want a set.

    1. Ceeayche | | #5

      Great solution!

  4. Tatsy | | #4

    I've made several swimsuits from Stretch and Sew patterns over the years and have always enjoyed the custom fit.

    The most important tip I can give you is to make sure you're using elastic that's meant to be used in swimwear. It doesn't break down from the chlorine and will give you a much more durable suit.

    Also, the very stretchy fabric used for swimsuits comes in different thicknesses. Some of the thinner varieties are meant for dance or skating and don't need to be as resistant to chemicals and stress as swimwear does. Hope this helps.

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