Swimsuits are often considered one of those "holy grails" of sewing. Sewists don't want to tackle them because they're worried about finding good patterns, or sewing with challenging fabric, or knowing the right construction techniques. But you can (and should!) stretch yourself to sew a swimsuit this summer.
Sewing your own swimwear is daunting to some sewists, and a total thrill to others. And for most, it's often a completely new experience. Sewing with ultra stretchy fabric, linings, clasps, and swimwear elastic is nothing like sewing up a flowy summer blouse. In fact, it's quite the opposite.
It's been a long time since I've sewn with bathing suit fabric. I learned at a "Stretch 'n Sew" fabric store which are now closed. I also learned how to make bikini pants and peignoirs with lightweight chiffon type fabrics, another fabric with a steep learning curve.
These 10 important tips and tricks will help you master sewing bathing suit fabric for amazing customized DIY swimwear and bikinis that actually fit your unique shape perfectly! The difference in sewing swimsuit fabric is that it is very stretchy and can easily get pulled out of shape.
How to sew a swimsuit hem. In this tutorial you will learn how to sew a swimsuit hem such as the top's bottom hem of a 2-piece bikini as well as on a swim skirt (see the free swim skirt sewing pattern!) but first, let's look at some important factors of the material. Swimsuit material with different fabric content
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. Let's get started! Supplies Needed. 1-2 yards swimwear fabric (we used this red gingham and this ...
Fabric. Tanya covered swimwear fabric, lining and notions earlier in the month (key words: lycra! spandex!), but here are some additional resources for choosing the best fabric for your swimsuit: Liesl of Lisette/Liesl + Co/Oliver + S has a written a nice article on choosing your swimsuit fabrics, linings and elastics.
Before you sew the center back seam, test your stitches. This seam has two layers of swimsuit fabric and two layers of swimsuit lining, so it is rather thick. If using a regular machine, run the same layers through the machine using a long and narrow zigzag stitch.
My first experience making swimwear was in college. We were assigned to design, draft, and sew a maillot swimsuit in a few days. I had learned the hard way to design for the amount of time you have for execution. My plan for this project was to keep it simple. A trip to the fabric store soon ...
When sewing with 4-way stretch fabric, the stretch needle will prevent skipped stitches because it has a medium ball point. You can still use a ball point for 4-way knit, but you may end up with skipped stitches – not something you want on your swimsuit or workout clothes….
Why not learn how to sew a swimsuit instead? Get the sewing details of this halter swimsuit and see how I used this bustier swimsuit top to get the fit benefits of a two-piece with the coverage of a one-piece. Included are several tips for how to sew swimsuit material which, while it can seem intimidating, is really quite easy!
Just like all fabric types you will have a wide range of quality. Great swim knit can be a breeze to work with, while cheaper/thinner/slinkier swim knit can really test your patience ;). If you're sewing swimwear for the first time, I'd recommend buying a good quality swim knit even if you're nervous. It is much easier to work with!
A great place to start out sewing swimsuits is with the Kwik Sew's Swim and Actionwear* because it comes with all the basic patterns you need. Once you learn what alterations you need to make and the basics of sewing swimsuit fabric, you can alter the pattern as much as you want to get your dream swimsuit!
I'm trying to sew a swimsuit on an Elna su machine. Using a ball point needle and a zigzag stitch. The thread doesn't catch in a regular stitch when sewing stretch fabric. It does catch when sewing a woven fabric. I can see that the needle is moving easily through the stretch fabric but doesn't stitch evenly or catch on the zag. Any ideas ...
Is Swimwear Fabric Important? Selecting the best swimsuit material for training or competition can be tricky. With all the quality brands on the market today the choices can be somewhat overwhelming: Kiefer, Speedo, TYR, Arena, and Dolfin.
In addition, the stretch swimwear fabric tends to retract the sewing process after being sewn. The size of the garment is reduced. Not only the fabric structure, but also the production, storage environment and sewing process affecting the sewing process retraction rate.
H owdy everyone! Today I am going to help you track down all the various bits and bobs for your Sophie Swimsuit pattern.I cover all of this in much greater detail in the Sewing Your Dream Swimsuit workshop, but thought it would be helpful to share my favourite resources for swimsuit fabric and supplies on the blog.