Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Swimsuit Sew-Along

 I got a crazy/awesome idea last week to make a swimsuit!  I've never attempted this before.  I've actually only just started to delve into the world of knits but I am still really excited for this challenge!  I've teamed up with Beth from My Eclectic Mess to blog about our swimsuit sewing pursuits in 'Make a Splash Swimsuit Sew-Along'!

**We would love it if you would join us in the sew-along by making your own swimsuit!** 
Sew-Along Rules: 
1. Become a follower of The Petite Sewist and My Eclectic Mess
2. Copy and paste the sew-along button code to your blog (it's located on my sidebar)

During the sew-along I will show my swimsuit work-in-progress and share swimsuit sewing tips.  You can also head on over to Beth's blog and see how her swimsuit is coming along and what tips she has come across.  She has already picked out her fabric and patterns! 

 I ordered some matte milliskin fabric with 4-way stretch at Spandex House here and some lining here. The millikin is 80% nylon and 20% lycra.  I hope the 4-way stretch works with the patterns I pick.  I want to make a one-piece swimsuit for lap swimming and a two-piece tankini to feel pretty in.  
Here are the patterns I've narrowed it down to:

Kwik Sew 2962 View B features a racerback style.  I have heard good things about swimsuit patterns from Kwik Sew from reviewers at

Kwik Sew 3153 has a hook closure.  If I made this style, I would sew the straps a different way as shown by Creative Chicks.  I hate it when straps won't stay on!

Jalie 3134 is designed for 4 way stretch.  Most of the patterns I have looked at specify 2 way stretch which can also mean 4 way stretch...I know, confusing, right?  So, I know for sure this one-piece suit won't require extensive alterations to make it work with my fabric.  This pattern can't be found in my local stores so I'd have to order it.  The great thing about Jalie patterns is that they are sized to fit toddlers through adults and even maternity sizes.

I love the look of McCall's 3566, especially the boy shorts.  Yeah, I know, I know....a higher-cut leg will elongate my petite figure but I HATE re-positioning fabric that rides up after I dive into the pool.  I also like the tankini tops on this pattern but would change the straps from halter to cross back because it means less stress on my neck.  Another reviewer used 4 way stretch and just sized down her boyshorts.  They turned out great!'s looking like the McCall's pattern is my only tankini pick.  It was really easy to narrow down to this because I wanted a simple top without ruching or gathers.  I don't like trying to fit my itty bitties into tops made for a fuller bust.  The alterations can be a mess and using bra cups to fill in the rest makes me feel weird.

If you want to join into the fun of making your own swimsuit, you're welcome to check out the Swimwear Sew-Along discussion board at  If you join, you'll be able to post comments and questions.  

Wish me luck!

Swimsuit Sew-Along: Supplies and Resources
Cutting Out and How to Make a Full Lining


  1. I just finished sewing my first swimsuit. I love it. So much easier than I thought!

  2. I love the Tankini tops and the boy cut bottoms. I really need to make me another one. I have one suit that I bought.

  3. I made a couple of swimsuits way back in the late 70's! It was fun and I had the only suits in those fabrics!!

    Have fun with yours.


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