I Can’t Believe I Made a Swimsuit!

I mean, I guess it’s not that surprising since everyone and their mom is making a swimsuit this summer (has anyone’s mom made this pattern? I’m guessing my mom would love it, but don’t give her any ideas or I’ll be running a swimsuit sweatshop… my sister already wants one!), but the thought of sewing swimwear has always made me say, “No way, Jose!”

floral matte jersey swimsuit

I bought this fabric at Mood Fabrics NYC. Not everyone knows that they sell swimwear fabric, but yes, they have lots of it, all kinds! I planned to get a solid color, but this print had a fun retro appeal that I couldn’t resist. It’s a nylon/lycra blend with a matte finish and a fairly loose weave. The suit is fully lined with a champagne-colored mesh-like nylon blend. Both fabrics are four-way stretch– definitely what you want in a one-piece swimsuit! Editor’s note: Mood has lots of options online for swimwear fabrics. Start here with these solid-colored spandex choices.

floral matte jersey swimsuit

I thought this would be fiddly and difficult to sew, but it was actually really easy! Stretch (not ballpoint) needles are a necessity, and a simple zigzag stitch is your friend. The fabric isn’t slippery at all, so it was very easy to cut and sew. Because the main fabric is gathered and ruched, then attached to the lining, I used my walking foot to help keep the layers and gathers even.

floral matte jersey swimsuit

Swimsuits are one of those things that I hated buying even before I sewed. Fit issues aside, they always seemed so expensive considering how little fabric they used! This project was very economical– I used a little over a yard of fabric, a half a yard of lining, and a couple of yards of swimwear elastic, and it was a fraction of the cost of a similar RTW swimsuit. I bet you could make a bikini with a half yard of fabric (and for under $10)!

floral matte jersey swimsuit

If you haven’t already guessed, I used the Bombshell Swimsuit pattern from Closet Case Files. It’s a very flattering suit with a lot of coverage, perfect for those who don’t feel like baring it all at the beach. Not gonna lie– this is the first one-piece I’ve had since I was about 10 years old, so it’s kind of a change of pace for me, but there are definitely occasions when a bikini seems a bit too revealing that this will be perfect for.

floral matte jersey swimsuit

If you’re on the fence about sewing a swimsuit this summer, give it a go! You can do it! I think you’ll be really pleased with the results, all the more so when you can tell your friends “I totally made this swimsuit!”.

floral matte jersey swimsuit

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Comments


  • Lori
    July 23, 2013

    Great looking bathing suit, Ginger, love the fabric and color on you. Make sure to put on lots of sunscreen!

    • Ginger
      July 23, 2013

      You can’t have too much sunscreen! ;)

  • Jenny
    July 23, 2013

    Super cute!!

    • Ginger
      July 23, 2013

      Thanks, Jenny! :)

  • Kacie
    July 23, 2013

    Dude! This swimsuit is ROCKIN! Your fabric choice is absolutely perfect for this suit. You look great!

    • Ginger
      July 23, 2013

      Thanks, Kacie! You would kill it in this suit– make one!

  • Renee
    July 23, 2013

    You are adorbs and rocking these swimmers!

    • Ginger
      July 23, 2013

      Thanks, Renee! I bet you would look killer in this suit, and you’ve got lots of swimwear sewing experience, so could probably knock this out in a couple of hours!

  • Heather Lou
    July 23, 2013

    *Insert wolf whistle here* followed by an Ace Ventura “SMOKIN’!” Damn girl, you look good. I lurve, love, loaf your fabric choice (and the setting for your photo shoot… I’ve been meaning to get up on my roof for a while now!)

    • Ginger
      July 23, 2013

      Girl! Thanks so much designing such a great pattern, and for making it so easy to sew! You’re the best!

  • Lauren
    July 23, 2013

    You look AWESOME!! That is such a beautiful swimwear fabric; wish I’d seen it while I was at the store and then maybe we coulda been secret twins ;) haha! But seriously… this suit looks so good on you. Isn’t it so oddly self-gratifying to have made your own freaking SWIMSUIT? Makes me feel like a sewing diva, ha! :)

    • Ginger
      July 23, 2013

      Gah! Swimmy twins! That would’ve been too fun! Remember when you were shopping for swim fabric and I was like, “Ugh, no way”. Thanks a lot, Heather Lou, you temptress! Glad I did it though– I do kinda feel like a wizard or something now!

  • Wanett
    July 23, 2013

    You’re a total BABE!!!!! I love how this looks on you!! And you went totally New York for your photo shoot!!! Rooftop sunning for the win!!

    • Ginger
      July 23, 2013

      Thanks, girl! To be honest, I used the roof because there was no way in hell I was gonna pose in the street or yard! I mean, pretty sure my geriatric neighbors all think I’m crazy anyway, but that might push them over the brink!

    • puu
      July 23, 2013

      i have to second nettie on this one, because i have no other words for how awesome it is :-)

      • Ginger
        July 23, 2013

        You are too sweet! I want to see you two soon!

  • Peter
    July 23, 2013

    What a great looking swimsuit — and you tool marvelous in it. Fantastic job!

    • Ginger
      July 23, 2013

      Thank you, Peter! You’re too kind!

  • Sarah Gunn
    July 23, 2013

    This swimsuit pattern just gets better and better! I hope you will make more just so I can see them on the blog. Great job and great photos!

    • Ginger
      July 23, 2013

      You should try this one out– I bet you would look so cute!!!

  • Amy
    July 23, 2013

    Bravo! I’ve just loved every single version of this swimsuit that I’ve seen, and I’m so excited to learn that Mood sells swimsuit fabric. Enjoy the sun this summer in your smoking hot swimsuit!

    • Ginger
      July 23, 2013

      Ooooh, I hope you have the time to make a swimsuit this summer! I bet you’d make something amazing!

  • oonaballoona
    July 23, 2013

    YOU SEXY THANG!!!! perfection. and your shots are gorgeous.

    and you only used a zigzag? maybe i’ll make one in dallas after all…

    • Ginger
      July 23, 2013

      You can totally get away with just zigzagging! Let’s be honest, serged seams can be kinda itchy (or maybe that’s just my crappy thread), and a scratchy seam up and down, um, Mt. Crackatoa, sounded pretty terrible to me! Doooooo it!

  • ShanniLoves
    July 23, 2013

    I love the fabric you chose!! Looking good!

    • Ginger
      July 23, 2013

      Thanks, girl! Yours is pretty damn cute, too! :D

  • Manju
    July 23, 2013

    I have yet to see a bad bombshell. Yours is no exception. Love your fabric and you look so glam! Someday I will be brave enough to try it out. Great job.

    • Ginger
      July 23, 2013

      Do it, girl! This would look FAB on you!

  • Cissie
    July 23, 2013

    Great looking suit, Ginger. I’ve seen several of the bombshell swimsuits — but yours is my very favorite!

    • Ginger
      July 23, 2013

      Thanks, Cissie! You’re too sweet!

  • Kay
    July 23, 2013

    It is a great looking suit. MOF it is one of the best bombshells I have seen.

    • Ginger
      July 23, 2013

      Thank you, Kay!

  • ClaireE
    July 23, 2013

    OMG, I love your fabric! This is yet another great version of the Bombshell, I don’t think I have seen one that I didn’t like.

    • Ginger
      July 23, 2013

      Thanks, Claire! It really is a fun pattern!

  • Leith
    July 23, 2013

    Fabulous!! I am lost for words. That is one amazing swimsuit and you look amazing.

    • Ginger
      July 24, 2013

      Thank you so much, Leith!

  • Qui
    July 23, 2013

    I just cut out view B today; now seeing yours, I’m thinking I should’ve done view A!! Your suit is fantastic–what a great print you found. Lookin good!

    • Ginger
      July 24, 2013

      Oooh, view B is really cute, too– I had a hard time deciding! I’m really excited to see yours!!!

  • Carolyn
    July 24, 2013

    Okay I loved the Nemo face! Cute suit, fantastic fabric and great job!

    • Ginger
      July 24, 2013

      Thanks, Carolyn! :D

  • Liza jane
    July 26, 2013

    Oh my gosh, you look awesome!!! I love that you used a print. And yes, never enough sunscreen!

  • Bea
    July 26, 2013

    Ginger, this swimsuit looks great! I’m totally impressed because swimwear seems so difficult (and haven’t you only been sewing for 2 or 3 years?). Impressive. Now, if I wanted to make a crazy one-of-a-kind one piece with all kinds of cutouts… I would hire you?!?

  • ThisisCarrie
    July 28, 2013

    Love that suit. Been wanting to tackle a swimsuit for a while, but I’ve been too scared!

    • Ginger
      July 29, 2013

      You can do it, girl! It seems like it would be HORRIBLE, but it was actually pretty easy and fun!

  • Rachel In Red
    July 28, 2013

    This is yet again a gorgeous Bombshell ( I love them all). And yours is just adorable! Love the fabric! And you look great in it!

    • Ginger
      July 29, 2013

      Thanks, Rachel! I love them all, too– it’s such a fun pattern!

  • Diana
    July 29, 2013

    Absolutely adorable.! I love your spirit! I always enjoy seeing your photos. The suit is so pretty in that print!

    • Ginger
      July 29, 2013

      Thank you, Diana! You’re so sweet!