Learn how to easily create your own beach style! This is a tutorial for a monokini but it can easily be adapted for swimsuits and bikinis. Its all in the technique and luckily you have come to the right place to find out how to do it! This swimsuit is reversible too, all the seams are concealed within so you can have fun deciding on colours and patterns. You will need the swimwear block drafted to your size. I recommend using Winifred Aldrich’s Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear or Ann Haggar’s Pattern Cutting for Lingerie, Beachwear and Leisurewear to make the blocks. Links below.
You will need:
1.half a metre of 4-way stretch spandex jersey for swimwear (I get mine here Tia Knight Fashion Fabrics, highly recommended).
2.ballpoint stretch jersey machine and hand sewing needle
3.polyester thread (definitely not a natural thread, unless you want your swimsuit to disintegrate in the pool!)
5.swimwear block pattern
10. fabric shears
11. paper scissors
12. felt pen
13.4mm elastic (approx. 3 metres depending on design)
Step 1: 1.Draft the pattern.
Use the swimwear block made to your size. (Visit my site for the books you need). Trace around it onto pattern paper or brown paper. Sketch out the design you want. Here I have taken away the straps, replacing with a centre front tie. The tie will go through a small tube of fabric attached in a slight curve at the front.
I experimented with an unusual detail on the back as you can see, but due to the nature of the fabric it doesn’t stay close to the body, so I don’t suggest trying to keep a back panel in and using cut-outs at the waist. I changed this to that the top back fastened like a bikini and the bottom was a simple bikini design.
I took 4cm off both side seams on the bottom of front and back pattern to make room for a tie. I lowered the waist cut-out so that the place where the ties will go measures 4cm. To keep things simple I also made sure that the the top back bikini ties would be 4cm width.
Cut out your pattern once you are satisfied with your design.