This summer I really wanted to try something new and make our own swim suits! I’ve sewn with swim knit before but it was when I was first learning and the results weren’t great. I think the big issue the first go was that I didn’t have a serger and was trying to use my traditional sewing machine.
I decided to start with the baby’s suit, since she didn’t need a lining. She’ll be wearing a swim diaper underneath so it really wasn’t necessary. I opted for patterns I already had, the Max and Meena MEGAmax Raglan for her rashguard, and Sew Like My Mom’s PITAYA Bummies with an added ruffle. Both are super easy, totally beginner friendly patterns! Plus no elastic, so comfier on chunky baby legs than a traditional suit.
For fabric, I was able to get everything but the polkadots from one diaper panel from Sugar Ink Fabric. These prints are in their current live action Lion King themed preorder. They’re open for order until May 27th and the “Leopards in Bloom pattern shown here is even more beautiful in person.
The polkadots came from a tankini top that hasn’t fit me in two kids, so overall a very inexpensive project, especially when you consider the usual cost of custom fabric! My upcycle swim suit already had a ruffle hem so I just reused that to save myself the hassle of making my own ruffle.
I love the results and I totally feel more confident about tackling my own suit now!
Here are some general tips for sewing with swim:
- Use wonder clips or lots of pins! Pin and pin and pin some more because its slippery and loves to move under the foot
- Wash away hem tape makes hemming a breeze
- Use your walking foot if you dont have access to a serger
- Ballpoint needles!