Summer has finally arrived in our parts. And it came with force! One minute it was so cold we needed jackets and the next we were sweating buckets. As always, I try to plan some swimsuits for the girls around this time of year. Last year I didn’t really get around to it, since they had swimsuits that fit, but this year is was an absolute necessity to get these sewn up. And then I procrastinated until I got some motivation from a friend 🙂 I made a couple of swimsuits that I’ll be showing you guys this week and next, so let’s get started!!!
If you’ve never sewn a swimsuit before because you think they’re too complicated, well I’m here to tell you they’re anything but!! Have you sewn a tee before? Then you can sew a swimsuit!!! The only technique that you’ll need to master (and really I say that like it’s a big deal but it’s not) is to learn to insert your elastic. Here are two videos that I’ve found super helpful in the past (here and here).
Of course, a good pattern is always a must. My go to is the cosi swimsuit by sewpony. It’s a great beginner swimsuit with great instructions. And once you get comfortable enough you can branch out and make one of the many variations offered. Here I maybe view C in a size 2, leaving out the leg ruffles. The galaxy print is from Spandex World, this is where I tend to get my swimsuit fabrics since they have such a large selection of prints and colours and I typically can’t find anything good locally (and of course it saves me the drive into the city). I’ve found that I tend to go with fabrics that are a little bit heavier (6-7 oz/yard) and this saves me from lining the whole swimsuit. And it won’t become see through quickly over time.
Well now we’ve got one swimsuit down and a few more to go for the season. But at least this one can finally hit the water!