Swimwear

  • Mood DIY: Sewing an Easy Beach Cover Up without a Pattern

    Having trouble matching a cover up to that perfect swim suit you just bought? How about making one? This simple gathered tunic can be made in less than an hour (really!), and all it takes is a couple yards of whatever fabric you're currently in love with. Try your own with a linen, voile, jersey, or even a chiffon! Fabrics & materials used: First, you'll need to cut your linen to the size you want your cover-up to be. Two yards, folded in half, is typically enough to cover to a person's mid/upper thigh. The width is where you can mix things up. The wider you make it, the longer your sleeves will be and the more fabric you'll have gathered at the waist. My finished tunic was about 45" wide. Before anything else, I recommend starting by hemming around your entire fabric to keep your edges from fraying. Next, you'll need to add four grommets to the garment, two in the front and two in back. This is easiest with the Dritz Plier Kit, but it can also be done with a hammer. Mark each of your desired grommet locations. I went with 20" up and 10" in. Cut a small hole and fit the front piece of a grommet through. Be sure you insert it from the right side, toward the wrong side. Cover the grommet with it's backing and secure it with the pliers (or a hammer and applicator kit). Lastly, I created the neckline. This is another area where you can play around with the design. Try a chic and simple boat neck or deep V - possibilities are endless! For the neckline I made, I cut the lower section from the main fabric and used it like a pattern. I then traced and cut two of the same shape, adding seam allowance. I stitched them together around the inner perimeter, turned it right-side out, pressed, and attached it to the main panel of fabric. The final touch was a length of ivory and metallic cording for a belt! The project took about 45 minutes and gives off some sea-rious breach-ready vibes. Are you going to be giving something like this a try?  
  • Mood DIY: Free One-Piece Swimsuit Sewing Template

    With March finally behind us, I am officially thinking about nothing but the beach. I've always been a bit terrified to try my hand at swimwear, but I knew I'd have to make something with this amazing zebra tricot. A surprisingly easy-to-make body suit ensued!
    Fabrics & materials used:
    I began by draping the fabric right on the dress form. I love the more retro shape to the bottom and the deep V neckline. Two thick pleats at the shoulders also gave the suit faux lapels in lieu of bust darts. Since I don't typically work with swimwear, I can only include a template of the pattern I created. My model has a 28" waist, so it's roughly a US size 10. You can download a PDF below!

    DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE HERE

      I began by sewing the two front panels together, starting at the bottom and ending about halfway toward the top. Each shoulder was pleated before being attached to the back of the swimsuit. Once it was attached at the bottom as well, I had the outside of the suit mostly constructed, with the exception of the sides. Before closing the sides up, I needed to attach the lining. I began by sewing it to the arm and leg holes, like you can see below. Leaving the neckline still open, I sewed the lining into the sides of the suit by closing each side with French seams. Lastly, I slip-stitched around the entire neckline by hand to be sure the lining fit inside the zebra tricot perfectly. I love that bodysuits are so on trend right now. This can be worn at the beach or to a casual night out with some tights and denim shorts. It's giving off some serious 80's summer vibes!
  • DIY Girls Swimsuit - How to Sew 2 Easy Super Cute looks!

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    School’s out, summer is here and beaches are open!! Here’s a quick and easy tutorial on how to create 2 adorable swimsuits for a sweet little girl. Want to know the best part? We are going to use a swimsuit that she already has to create them! Here’s what you’ll need: Items below can be purchased at moodfabrics.com

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    Step 1: First, go ahead and grab the bathing suit you already own.  I’m using a 1-piece racer-back swimsuit to create 2 different looks. Turn swimsuit inside out. Match the side seams together. Fold your fabric with right sides together. Pin suit to fabric on the fold as shown.  Take your time and carefully trace along the outside of the swimsuit to create front and back pattern pieces.  (DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE ROOM FOR SEAM-ALLOWANCE)

    girls swimsuit swimwear sewing diy

    Step 2: Once you’ve traced both the front and back, the pattern pieces should look like this...see below. Take a few minutes to measure the side seams and shoulder seams to make sure they match up.

    girls swimsuit swimwear sewing diy

    girls swimsuit swimwear sewing diy

    Step 3: I created the second swimsuit by using the pattern I just cut.  This swimsuit will have straps instead of a racer-back. To make the back straps, I measured the width of the shoulder seams on front straps and the length of the original racer back to the bottom of arm opening. I pinned my pattern pieces to my next fabric print and cut.

    girls swimsuit swimwear sewing diy

    girls swimsuit swimwear sewing diy

    Step 4: For each suit, with right sides together pin at side seams and serge or stitch. Pin bottom front opening to bottom back opening and serge or stitch. Pin shoulder seams together and or back straps, serge or stitch to finish. Measure and cut elastic for armholes (or straps depending on swimsuit) and for the leg openings.
    • Pin elastic in place around armholes, and leg openings- stitch down 1/8" away from edge.
    • Turn in seam allowance with elastic, stitch and stretch elastic as you sew to finish.

    girls swimsuit swimwear sewing diy

    For added detail: Cut one strip of fabric about 22”x3”. Fold in half with right sides together and stitch along length. Use the loop turner to pull the tube right side out Cut and make two bows to hand stitch at sides. Finish neck opening and straps with rolled hem and stitch. And you’re done!

    girls swimsuit swimwear sewing diy

    **Bonus headband** Measure head and include 1” for seam allowance. Cut width to desired thickness. With right sides facing, stitch along length. Turn tube right side out. Fold in half and stitch openings closed. Make another smaller tube to tie at exposed middle seam. See photos below.

    girls swimsuit swimwear sewing diy

    girls swimsuit swimwear sewing diy

     

    girls swimsuit swimwear sewing diy

    If you'd like to make a cute, lace-up adult swim suit we have more posts here!

  • Mood DIY: How to Turn a Piece of Fabric into 8 Different Cover-Ups

    Happy first day of summer! If you're celebrating at the beach, then this DIY is definitely for you! All you need is 2.5 yards of a fabric with fabulous drape - no sewing skills required. We chose a beautiful poly crepe de chine, with a terrifically bold geometric print. There are countless ways to use a huge swath of fabric like this, but I've outlined some of my favorites! 1. Cheater's Kimono Shawl

    beach wrap cover up swim sewing diy

      This is possibly the easiest - all you need to do is tie your two corners together at each end of fabric and you're done. The two loops you created are your arm holes!   2. Maxi Vest

    beach wrap cover up swim sewing diy

    I may have lied - THIS might be the easiest. Untie one of the two knots from your kimono shawl, and it's instantly transformed into a chic, flowy vest!

    beach wrap cover up swim sewing diy

    3. Simple Maxi

    beach wrap cover up swim sewing diy

    Maxi dresses will never be out of style at the beach. This one can be made in about 12 seconds flat! Just wrap it around your body and then tie it behind your neck.

    beach wrap cover up swim sewing diy

    4. Simple Maxi with Flair!

    beach wrap cover up swim sewing diy

    This one is nearly identical to its predecessor. However, before you tie the straps behind your head, you can twist them around each other twice, giving the front bodice an extra cute detail!

    5. Toga! Toga!

    beach wrap cover up swim sewing diy

    When you want full coverage, without the restrictions that can sometimes come with a full-length wrap dress, this toga is totally the way to go. It simply ties over one shoulder, leaving one side of your cover-up free to flow with the beach breeze!

    beach wrap cover up swim sewing diy

    6&7. Casual Vest or Long Skirt - You Decide!

    beach wrap cover up swim sewing diy

    Long and flowy might not be your style - no worries! If that's the case, try knotting your fabric around your waist and around your neck for a slouchy vest look. Or, simply fold it in half and knot it at your waist for a sarong skirt!

    beach wrap cover up swim sewing diy

    8. All Grecian 

    beach wrap cover up swim sewing diy

    If you liked the toga aesthetic, but didn't care for the huge opening on the side, you can pull your straps under and then over your shoulder to create a similar look without fearing the breeze!

    beach wrap cover up swim sewing diy

    So how many more ways can you think of to tie your new fabric for a fun beach ensemble?

  • Lace-up Swimsuit Tutorial

    Summer is basically here and one-piece swimsuits are so hot this season! This lace-up trend is everywhere! Here is a great pattern from Vogue that makes adding this detail effortless.

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    For this swimsuit, I will be using Vogue Pattern V9192 Style B Here’s what you’ll need: All tools and notions can be purchased at moodfabrics.com Prep- cut out patterns and elastic guides
    • Discard front strap pattern pieces. We are making a cute lace up!
    • Cut out fabric and transfer all marking from pattern to fabric
    Step 1- Front At side edge of front piece, base stitch and gather fabric between notches and small markings as shown.  

    side gathering at bust

      Step 2- Pin with right sides together and stitch at center front. You can finish raw edges with an over-lock, or zigzag stitch.

    CENTER FRONT SEAM

      Step 3- Cut 2 pieces of elastic for center front and straps. Use the elastic guide for measurement. Place elastic 3/8” away from edge, pin and stitch along edge as shown.  Make sure to stretch elastic to fit as you sew.

    elastic at front

      Step 4- Turn the seam allowances in with the elastic. Stitch along edge to finish as shown.

    elastic front

    Step 5- Front opening- This is where we make our adjustment for the lace up front.
    • Measure a strip of fabric 18”x 2”
    • Fold over and pin
    • Stitch along side using 5/8” seam allowance and trim
    • Use the loop turner to pull fabric right side out. This can be tricky, but be patient-you'll get it!
    • Place strap starting at bottom of neck opening. Pin and cut as you go. Criss-crossing as you pin. Repeat until you reach your desired “lace-up” height
    • Stitch in place and trim off edges for clean finish

    front lace up strap lace up view

    Step 6-  Back. Cut 1 strip of elastic. Pin elastic along the curved edge. Stitch in place 3/8” away from the edge. Turn back seam allowance with elastic and stitch.

    back elastic view

    Step 7- Pin front and back together at sides and stitch. Press seams towards back.

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    Step 8- Cut 2 pieces of elastic for the armhole and remaining length of strap.  Use your elastic guide for measurement.
    • Place elastic 3/8” from edge and pin at armhole and remaining length of strap.
    • Stitch elastic down at edge. Turn in seam allowance along with elastic, stitch to finish.

    view at armhole

    Step 9-  With right sides together, fold tie ends pin and stitch. Trim seam allowance.
    • Cut 2 elastic pieces the length of your ties. Place elastic and tie end together, hook and pull through using the loop turner.
    • Pin each tie in place at back and stitch.
    • Bring the top edge of shoulder strap to the back, pin and stitch in place.

    view at tie  shoulder strap

    Step 10- Bottom front and back brief- Pin lining to wrong sides of fabric and stitch in place. (I’ve decided to only line the bottom of my swimsuit
    • With right sides facing pin front brief to back brief and stitch starting at crotch. Stretch to fit curved edge.
    • Stitch together at sides matching notches and markings.

    view at brief

    Step 11- Cut 2 pieces of elastic for leg opening using the elastic guide as ref.
    • Pin along the entire length of opening. Stitch 3/8” away from edge stretching elastic to fit as you go.
    • Turn back seam allowance with elastic and stitch to finish.

    view at brief

    Step 12- With right sides together, pin bottom brief to top at waist seam. Match notches and all markings. Stitch to finish garment and you’re done!

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    finished front finished view at back