Bandeau Bathing Suit

Added Nov 14, 2010

by madebymeg

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No doubt about it, sewing can be expensive. Sure, it’s cheaper than having a garment custom-made or tailored, but hop on over to your local chain store and suddenly making a garment that you may or may not like doesn’t sound too appealing. Of course, I do it for the creativity aspect, and it feels better knowing that the final production on your garment came from the sweatshop in your own home rather than halfway around the world.

But bathing suits may be the exception. Often selling at $60 for the top and another $60 for the bottom, you end up with not much fabric and a hefty credit card bill. And this is exactly why making your own is especially economical.

I made my first bathing suit with McCall’s DIY Style pattern, which was easy to use and had lots of helpful tips for fitting, sewing and modifying. Although I bought it because I was specifically looking for the bandeau-style bathing suit and a modern cut on the bottoms (read: no Baywatch hips), it is very customizable with pieces to make a variety of suits.

I picked out two fabrics (I haven’t made the second one yet) at one yard each for $10/yd. SpandexWorld makes you buy a whole yard of each (even though the pattern only calls for 3/4s), and so that gave me the opportunity to pick what part of the pattern I wanted for each piece of my bathing suit. I loved the results! And $10 a bathing suit? Oh yeah!

Difficulty

Novice

Categories

Season
Spring, Summer
For
Women
Garment Type
Swimwear
Style
Beach
Material
Knits/Jersey

Credits

McCall's

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    Nov 14, 2010, 09.42 PMby hannnah

    This is just adorable! I haven’t been brave enough to make myself a bathing suit, but this is inspiring me to try it!

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    Nov 14, 2010, 02.09 PMby be-bops1

    Love it, I have made several suits for my dd from this pattern ( I ought to post them) and I found it quite easy and true to size. I also made several pair of undies for her using this pattern also. Great way to use up the cotton knit scrap fabric and even my ITY poly/lycra knit fabric and save $$$. Seriously, undies are getting expensive, aren’t they? Love your fabric and you did a super job on the whole thing.

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      Dec 14, 2010, 08.38 AMby madebymeg

      i made some underwear out of this, too! modified it a bit, but the basic principal was still there :)

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    Nov 14, 2010, 10.16 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    funky! and i agree, buying swimmers is ridiculous! and u usually only find one you…kinda like! if only where i lived sold better fabric :p might hope online tho and have a search when schools over!

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    Nov 14, 2010, 10.16 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    funky! and i agree, buying swimmers is ridiculous! and u usually only find one you…kinda like! if only where i lived sold better fabric :p might hope online tho and have a search when schools over!

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