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I Sewed a Swimsuit for Myself and why you should too!

Today we’re talking about sewing swimsuits for women 🙂 I’m pretty sure swimsuit shopping is universally hated by all women. It really doesn’t matter what your body shape is, it is HARD to find a suit that fits right. Am I right?

So I sewed a swimsuit for myself and you can too!


Women’s swimsuits are designed to fit one height and one cup size. If you’re lucky enough to have the perfect build then maybe swimsuit shopping isn’t a complete nightmare but for the rest of us it’s tricky! Which is why sewing your own swimsuit can be so rewarding. I have a long torso so one-pieces typically don’t fit me and finding a tankini with enough coverage is also difficult. As a mommy to 3 little ones I need a suit that fits and stays put without constant adjusting.

For my suit I used the Bahama Mama Colorblock Tankini and Boy Shorts


I almost always wear boy shorts bottoms. They are just so comfy! No riding up, no wedgies, they’re just easier to wear.

bahama mama boy shorts

  My top tips for sewing your own swimsuit:

  • Start with a 2-piece: With a 2-piece you can pick one size for the top and another for the bottom so it’s easier to get a perfect fit without altering. It’s also much easier to adjust for your torso length
  • Make sure you measure! Don’t just pick your usual size and dive in. You will always get a better fit if you take the time to measure carefully and make some adjustments to the pattern to best fit your body type
  • Don’t be afraid of the cups! Adding foam cups is actually very quick and easy. I am rather small up top and feel so much more confident in my suit if I include cups
  • Include the lining: High-quality suits are always lined. It might take a little extra time but it’s worth it
  • Use a stretch needle: I don’t always do this but if you’re having trouble with skipped stitches this will help
  • Swim fabric is a knit so treat it like one: Use a stitch that will stretch with your fabric. If you use a straight stitch your seams will pop
  • Have fun!!


For more fun head over to Coles Corner & Creations!


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Amy is the founder and owner of Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop. She is a wife and mother to 3 children. Amy loves to sew, read and spend time outdoors.

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  1. What a cute swimsuit! And you are SO right, it’s so rewarding to make a swimsuit you feel comfortable in. Aside from making one that fits, I love getting to choose my own fabrics! I love the fabrics you used!

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