After our break for series 9 of the Sewing Bee we’re back with a new #getsetsew challenge for August. And what a challenge it is! This month the theme is swimwear. Be that bikinis, one piece costumes, swim shorts etc., This is an opportunity to explore working with stretch fabrics and elastics maybe in a way you haven’t done before. For those of you who don’t swim or sunbathe then there is also the alternative option of making underwear. The idea is that you are working with stretch fabrics and elastics.
As always, for some inspiration we have put together a few of our favourite swimwear patterns that may help to get you started to think about what you'd like to make. We will also be adding a resource file into our Stitch Sewcial Facebook group, so please add any other pattern ideas you have into this too 😃
Paid for patterns:
Ellie and Mac have a large choice of swimwear patterns to purchase for adults and children. These include costumes, two pieces, tankinis, board shorts, and rashguard wear
Waves and Wild also have a selection of swimwear patterns for children
Helen’s Closet Sandpiper Swimsuit is a popular choice and one of Annie's favourites
The Coralie Swimsuit and bikini pattern from Tilly and the Buttons is another popular choice
The Friday Pattern Company have the Seabright costume pattern, and they also have the popular Vernazza two piece pattern
If you search ‘swim’ in the Foldline then there is a huge selection of patterns to chose from fro adults and children, that can be filtered by style, size, fabric, sewing level etc, so you can find the perfect swimwear pattern for you swim👙🩱🩳😊
There is also a wide choice of swimwear patterns available on Etsy
Mood Sewciety from Mood Fabrics have several free swimwear patterns for adults with a variety of different designs and styles available
The Small Dream Factory have a free child’s swimsuit pattern with a tutorial
Fabric and Haberdashery Stockists
Some of Annie’s favourite swimwear stockists of fabrics, haberdashery (elastics, cups etc), lining and powermesh for swimwear include:
Little Legs Fabrics
Stitches and Ink
As always a google search will bring up a wide range of other fabric and haberdashery shop choices.
Sew it's time to #getsetsew. We can’t wait to seeing your makes for this challenge. Don't forget to use the hashtag #getsetsewaugust when you post pictures of your makes in the Stitch Sewcial Facebook group. And most importantly don't forget to post the pics in the #getsetsew August album so we can be inspired by seeing your wonderful makes all in one place. The album can be found under Media > Albums from a computer, or by clicking on the three lines at the top left side of the Stitch Sewcial Facebook group page. If you're on Instagram then please tag us in your posts @starttostitch we love seeing them 📷😊
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