If you’ve made a couple of garments using a stretch fabric like a jersey then you already have most of the skills needed to sew your own swimsuits. We’ve rounded up ten of our favourite swimsuit and bikini sewing patterns, with summer just around the corner what are you waiting for?
- 1 Is it hard to sew a bikini?
- 2 How much fabric do you need for a bikini?
- 3 Can you sew swimwear with a regular sewing machine?
- 4 What kind of thread do you use for swimwear?
- 5 What elastic do you use for swimwear?
- 6 What material do you use for swimwear?
- 7 Can I make my own swimsuit?
- 8 Can you hand sew a bikini?
- 9 Is there a free pattern for a bikini top?
- 10 What’s the best way to style a swimsuit bottom?
- 11 Can you make a one piece swimsuit from Sirena patterns?
Is it hard to sew a bikini?
Sewing bathing suit fabric is different from sewing other fabrics and you need to test everything out over and over until you find what works for you. And at that point you’ll see that it’s actually pretty easy and you’ll be ready to start working on your bikinis, bathing suits and swim caps!
How much fabric do you need for a bikini?
To get the bikini of your dreams, try making one yourself! You’ll need to buy stylish swimwear fashion fabric as well as lining fabric – about 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 yd (0.46 to 0.69 m) of each – plus thread, bust pads, and swimwear elastic.
Can you sew swimwear with a regular sewing machine?
Sergers are a popular choice for the inside seams of swimsuits, but there is no reason you can’t use a regular machine to sew the entire swimsuit. The zigzag stitch, triple zigzag stitch, and lightning bolt stitch are all fantastic options.
What kind of thread do you use for swimwear?
Avoid cotton thread that will become weakened by chlorine and salt water. Instead, opt for a polyester thread. If you are using a serger to assemble your swimsuit, wooly nylon thread is strong and resilient making it perfect for swim and athletic-wear. Wooly nylon thread can also be used in your home sewing machine.
What elastic do you use for swimwear?
Rubber elastic is the best elastic for swimwear. It holds up the best in terms of tension, plus it’s resistant to chlorine, salt water, UV, and sun tan oils.
What material do you use for swimwear?
The best fabric for swimwear is a polyester/elastane blend. Elastane is the super stretchy fabric better known by the brand names Spandex or Lycra. Polyester is colorfast and resistant to chlorine, making it a perfect choice. Nylon is another good fabric for swimwear, but it is more likely to pill over time.
Can I make my own swimsuit?
Not only can you sew a custom suit fit to your style and measurements, but there are lots of fun printed and solid fabrics that work great for swimwear. You can also create a swimsuit with a basic sewing machine- no special machines necessary.
Can you hand sew a bikini?
You can sew swimwear without a serger! So don’t panic if all you have is your regular machine for sewing swimsuit fabric because it’s totally doable.
Is there a free pattern for a bikini top?
The free pattern shows you how to measure and draft your own pattern for the top, and also includes pieces for the bottom in four sizes. If you’re making one of the other bikini tops from this list, you could also use this bottom piece!
The first is a halter style that’s upcycled from an existing swim bottom (perfect for when you find separates on clearance!), and the second is a sew-it-yourself bandeau. Both look great for the beach or with cut-offs!
Can you make a one piece swimsuit from Sirena patterns?
Be sure to look through the other swimsuit patterns offered by Sirena Patterns for more style options. Continue to 5 of 11 below. This color-blocked swimsuit pattern comes with options for making a one- or two-piece suit, plus a free add-on to make a tankini version with a peplum.