In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a DIY swimsuit with cute bow-tie detailing! This one-piece bathing suit is so chic and elegant, and it's actually really easy to sew. Grab your favorite swimwear fabric, download my Cartier onesie swimsuit pattern, and let’s start sewing!
How to Make a DIY Swimsuit - Cute Bow-Tie One-Piece Edition!
Tools and materials:
- Swimwear fabric
- Sewing machine
- Strap adjusters - optional
1. Cut the pieces
Transfer the pattern onto paper, then cut two of each pattern piece and four for the top breast piece out of your swimsuit fabric. Also, you’ll need some straps. So cut two strips that are 1.25 inches x 20-25 inches.
When cutting the breast pieces, flip the pattern to get both the right and left sides.
2. Sew your swimsuit pieces together
Take the front pieces (both the top and the bottom) and match the printed with the printed, and the lining with the lining.
Right sides together, pin the breast piece to the bottom piece. And sew them 1.5 inches in, just enough to make them attach on the sides. If you don’t have a serger, use a zigzag stitch.
Now line up the back piece to its corresponding front piece. Then, sew the sides together at the part just above the hip and the curve of the waist.
This is what your DIY swimsuit should look like so far.
3. Sew the lining and elastic into the swimsuit
Take your lining piece and flip it right sides out. Then, insert it into the main fabric piece and line the seams. In the end, both fabric pieces’ right sides should face each other.
Now, go ahead and sew the leg hole layers. You should be sewing through two layers for each side.
On the same seam, sew the elastic, slightly stretching it as you stitch along the seam.
This next step is crucial - do not skip it!
4. Line up the swimsuit
Take your swimsuit to the right side, then take the entire swimsuit in through the front crotch piece. Straighten up the suit and line it up correctly. It should be one big chunk.
Find the bottom portion of the front piece. You’ll see the lining piece is on the bottom and the print piece is on top.
Now, sandwich it to match the right sides together.
Pull through the middle hole until you see more open seams. This will give you access to the back, where you can sew another seam.
It should look like this.
5. Sew the seams
Line the seams and sew this section.
The only seams left open should be on both the left and right parts of the top. Stitch these seams, too.
6. Sew the elastic on the top
Now, sew elastic to the top edge and the bottom of the bow-tie part.
7. Sew the straps of swimsuit
Fold the straps in half lengthwise and sew along the edge. Then, sew your elastic along the seam, too.
Turn your straps right sides out, and this is what they should look like.
8. Attach the straps to the swimsuit
Feed the straps through the strap openings by inserting them through the crotch.
Each strap edge should be inside each strap opening. Go ahead and sew the openings closed.
To attach the straps to the back, seam rip two holes. You’ll need about a 1.5-inch section for the strap. Fold the strap and insert it into the hole.
Optional: you can use strap adjusters, too. Attach the circular piece before you sew the back straps.
9. Stitch the crotch area
Align the crotch seams, then stitch them right sides together. Leave a tiny inch-wide hole so that you can turn the whole swimsuit inside out.
Turn the bow-tie one piece right side out through the gap.
10. Finishing touches
Now for the finishing touches! Thread the straps through the loops, tie the bow tie, and manually sew the small gap by the crotch area.
Here’s the result! What do you think of this bow-tie DIY swimsuit? I love it, and it’s seriously my go-to swimsuit, especially on those off-days where I feel bloated or want to cover up my belly.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a DIY swimsuit! Thank you for tuning in, and good luck.
- Swimwear fabric
- Sewing machine
- Strap adjusters- optional
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