You can easily spent hundreds on a cute suit, or, with a little practice, you can sew your own. Here's how:
- Elasticity Counts: The type of fabric you use is critical. Definitely no woven fabrics (I've made that mistake!). A two-way stretch knit, which has about 75% stretch, is the way to go.
- Knowledge transfer: Making a swimsuit requires some specific tools and notions, so you'll want to be properly equipped. Here is a great instructional post from the former Blueprint magazine on how to make a bandeau swimsuit.These sorts of patterns are useful in teaching concepts to further designs.
- Watch it: To get you excited about the hip crafting community and specifically bikinis, check out this video from the Renegade Craft Fair on how to make a T-shirt bikini.
- Patterns galore: While you can always improvise or trace the pattern off a favorite well-worn suit, there are also some great pattern options out there. By working through established construction methods, you'll be better prepared to make your own mermaid designs. My all-time favorite pattern is from Vogue Patterns, I used to create my (aforementioned) little black suit. Create bikinis with this adorable two-piece pattern from McCall's. Or, for the tyke in your life, this tutu bikini tutorial is worth perusing. And if you are more of a retro girl, check out the vintage patterns on GlamourSurf or Heavens Betsy Vintage
- Construction Zone: One of the great things about making your own suit is the fit that you get. From padding to support to a custom fit, these are all the benefits you can add to a suit sewn from scratch.