Thursday, June 23, 2022

Swim Lessons: Beginner Week - Other Supplies

 Now that we'd learned about swimwear patterns and swimwear fabric, it's time to discuss what else is needed to sew swimwear.  The good news is that very little else is needed!

Swimwear elastic - this is a must!  Do not substitute non swimwear elastic as it just won't hold up to swimming conditions and does not have the same stretch properties.  We also don't recommend clear plastic elastic because in our experience, it will decay in heat or chlorine.  Swimwear elastic comes in various widths, 3/8" and 1/4" is what most patterns recommend.

Swim lining - many patterns call for lining.  We recommend you always include it when the pattern requires it as omitting it will affect the fit of the finished suit.  Usually swim lining comes in nude/tan, white and black.

Stretch needles are a MUST when sewing swimwear!  If you are seeing skipped stitches, you probably aren't using the correct needle!  In a pinch, you may be able to get by using ballpoint needles, but we 100% recommend stretch needles when sewing with swimwear fabric.

Bra cups - older girls may prefer bra cups in their swimsuits.  Be sure to get ones designed especially for swimwear sewing as other kinds may dry at different rates than the swimwear fabric.  Bra cups can be purchased in nude/tan, white and black.  A really great source is The Fabric Fairy - they have swim bra cups in specific sizes.  Pro tip - if you are unable to find bra cups, or don't have time to wait for an order, head to your nearest thrift store to purchase swimwear there.  Then you can harvest the bra cups from in them and add them to the suit you are making!

If you are sewing board shorts, you may wish to use stretch mesh for the hidden bottoms inside.  


Big question: do you need a serger to sew swimwear: NO!!!  Very many of us have sewn swimwear on a regular sewing machine using stretch stitches, zigzag stitches, and double needles!  The key is to use really good patterns, fabric and supplies to make your experience as smooth as possible.

We're excited to let you know that now that you've completed your pre-swim sewing lessons, tomorrow you get to get in the water!!

All swim patterns in the shop are 20% off!!!  

Use the code swim20 at checkout.  Code expires July 1st, 2022.

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