Ready to sew a swimsuit? On Monday we discussed swimsuit patterns and today we’re talking about what you’ll need to know when shopping for swimsuit fabric and where to buy swimsuit fabric! As always, the best one stop shop for all your swimsuit fabric shopping needs is Peekaboo Fabric Shop. We sell amazing custom patterned and solid fabric for swimsuits and board shorts! Sign-up below for our newsletter to get all the latest deals on our patterns and fabric as well as a head-up for swim fabric discounts!
Now back to the Swimsuit Fabric Buying Guide!
Swim Fabric 101
Check your pattern to see what supplies you will need. These will likely include: (1) Swim Fabric; (2) Swimsuit Lining; (3) Power Mesh; (4) Swimsuit Elastic; and/or (5) Board Short Fabric.
In more detail, here’s a basic breakdown of each component that may be required for your swimsuit:
1. 4-way stretch nylon or lycra blends (swim fabric): Find it a Peekaboo Fabric Shop
This fabric feels just like a suit you’d pick up at the store. It stretches in all directions and is cool and slippery to the touch. This is what you’ll use for any of the girls suits, the Aloha Burn Blocker, Hang Ten Rash Guard and the Monaco Swim Trunks
2. Swimsuit Lining: Find it at Peekaboo Fabric Shop
Lightweight poly blend with 4 way stretch. Generally comes in white, nude or black
3. Power Mesh: Find it at Peekaboo Fabric Shop
Lightweight and stretchy poly blend. Can be used for the optional lining in boys board shorts
4. Swimsuit Elastic: Find it at Peekaboo Fabric Shop
Comes in varying widths and is either clear or cotton. Swimsuit elastic is designed to stand-up to saltwater and chlorine without becoming brittle. You can use regular elastic instead just make sure to rinse the suit out after each use. I typically use regular elastic for boys shorts since it’s hard to find swimsuit elastic in wider widths.
5. Board Short Fabric/Micro Fiber: Find it at Peekaboo Fabric Shop
Polyester woven fabric. Dries quickly and is perfect for boys board shorts.
That about covers the basics of swim fabric and what materials may or may not be required for your specific sewing swimsuits. If you further questions join the Peekaboo Fabric Shop Facebook Group for advise or to see how others have put their swim fabric, swimsuit lining, swim elastic, board fabric, etc. to use to sew amazing swimsuits.
I hope that helps on where to buy swimsuit fabric and what to look for when buying it. Happy Swimsuit Sewing! Share the image below on Pinterest!