Thursday, May 5, 2016

Sewing Children's Swimwear

Today I’ve got a whole bunch of information for you to help you be able to sew a swim suit for your child this summer.  I was totally intimidated by this until I tried, and now I’m confident that with the right supplies and technique, you can do it too!  Let’s get started with some inspiration to help you WANT to make your child’s swimwear. Sewing swimwear for your child is in reach! Just read this post.

Check out these handmade swimwear posts.  Some of these were moms sewing swimsuits for their very first time!

Flamingo Halter Suit by Chelise Patternson
Trio Swim style by Orange Who 
Swim Tankini & Skirt by Skirt Fixation
Fruit inspired Swims Suits by Paisley Roots
Reversible Swimsuit by Petite a Petite & Family
One Piece with boy shorts by Falafel and the Bee

And don't forget those swimming accessories!

Easy swimming suit cover-up tutorials by Simple Simon & Co
Hamerhead Swim Team Bag by Sew Much To Give Best swimwear patterns for children

1st you'll need a good pattern.  Try one of these:

Sew Pony Cosi Suit 
Malibu one piece by PeekABoo Patterns (PeekABoo Patterns actually has over a dozen swimsuit patterns!)
Swashbuckler Swim Trunks by Patterns For Pirates
Salt Water Swim Trunks by Blank Slate Patterns
Kid Pants/Shorts by Made Everyday
Jalie Boardshorts

Next you'll need some fabric. Swimsuit fabric

If you're sewing for a girl, check out some of these swimwear sources:

The Fabric Fairy Swimwear section
Girl Charlee spandex
Pink Stripe from Fabric.Com
Peekaboo Pattern Shop Ice Cream Fabric
Yellow Polka Dot

And for a boy you'll need board shorts fabric which is also known as microfiber.

Boardshorts fabrics Try these sources for board shorts fabric:
Sharks from Peekaboo Pattern Shop
Black from
Aqua fabric from Peekaboo Pattern Shop 
Chinese dragon from The Fabric Fairy
Woody cars from The Fabric Fairy 

Finally, you might need a few special notions:

Swimsuit special elastic
Power mesh for under boys shorts
Swimsuit lining

So there you have it!  Challenge yourself to make some won't regret it!  And then link up what you made to our May Summerwear Challenge.

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  1. One of these days, I'll have to do a swimwear post. I've been making them since Grace was three, and she turns eight this month.

  2. Very nice, the color combination is just awesome. Cool, this is simply awesome work. I like your idea.. Keep it up!!

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  3. I did my first swimsuit last month. I was looking for something for my daughter and could not find anything that I like in stores. I went on Ebay got my fabric and lining, Etsy for the pattern, Amazon for the swimsuit elastic. I was able to make a tank, skirt, shorts, and rashguard for my daughter. I never did a swimsuit before so I took my time and basted everything carefully before sewing. I am going to make her another set so she can be able to mix and match her suits.