Bathing suit shopping is a nightmare. The suits never seem to fit right, or the color/patterns are wrong; too little coverage here, too baggy there. But sewing swim is a breath of fresh air! Skip the dressing rooms (or the online returns hassle) and sew your perfect fit.
I have been making swimwear for myself and my daughter for several years. I love the coordinating collections available at Raspberry Creek. Their swim fabric has excellent recovery and density and has stood up to our frequent trips to the pool and beach. Last year’s suits still look almost brand new! When the new color/print lines released this year, my daughter and I quickly made our selections.
I am going to skip all the gory details, if you are new to sewing swimwear or just want a refresher course on the basics, Whitney wrote an excellent blog post here. Seriously, it’s great!
Let’s take a look at all the great patterns that I used to make this family collection.
The boys all got boardshorts made from the Linen Loungers Pattern. (and 1 yard of boardshort fabric. That was a series game of fabric tetris). My oldest and youngest also got Reagan Rashguards. For my middle boy, I used the Dylan Tee as I liked the stripes that run down the sides of the body.
I had to get a little creative with the 1 yard of board short fabric that I ordered, so I added a white stripe from the salvage on my oldest son’s pair. I also used my Silhouette with heat transfer vinyl for the graphics.
My daughter’s favorite bathing suit is the Minute Maillot. I quickly sewed up two reversible versions of that one and one Be Bold Bodysuit. I also made her the cutest coverup with the Oversized Sweater Pattern.
My preference is to have two piece bathing suits so that I can mix and match. I exclusively used the Hello Sailor Swim Bottoms for these sets. My sage leaves top is an Eloise Dress modified as a swim top. The striped top is the Sunflower Pattern and the mauve floral top is a Roxy top with modifications for the ruffled sleeve. To see more details about these modifications you should check out the highlights reel on my Instagram.
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