Spring is here, and summer is right around the corner, so there’s no better time to start thinking about updating your swimwear wardrobe. With a quick pattern hack, I will show you how to stay on-trend during this warm weather season. Mood Fabric’s Marlowe swimsuit-free sewing pattern is the perfect starting point for creating a stylish swim dress!
This swim dress makes an excellent option for those who want to feel comfortable and confident while enjoying the water. Try using Mood’s supple Santorini Plus recycled swimwear tricot collection. They have UV protection, are chlorine resistant, and are available in over 30 vibrant colors.
Pattern Hack Adjustments:
- First, I mirrored my pattern piece onto a piece of pattern paper.
- Next, I split the pattern at the waist to separate the top from the bottom. I dropped the neckline by about 2.5″ for the top and blended the curve into the front extension to create a surplice neckline.
- Then, I added the seam allowance to each piece at the waist, as shown in the photos below.
- I cut out my fabric pieces for the top and bottom as follows: Top front – cut 4 out of fabric mirrored pairs. Top back – cut 2 out of fabric. Bottom front – cut 1 out of fabric and back cut 1 out of fabric. I double-layered the top half of the swimsuit, so it has a self-facing.
- Next, I completed the sewing for the swimsuit’s top and bottom. I used the Mood Fabrics circle skirt calculator to draft a 3-quarter mini skirt. The skirt length measures 6.5″ from the waist to the bottom edge, and the added ruffle is 4″. The skirt is slightly rounded at the ends to mimic a wrap skirt.
- After I attached the ruffle edge to the skirt, I pinned the skirt between the top and bottom half, sewing through all layers.
- Lastly, I made a waist tie that measures 1″ x 65″ and hand-sewed chain stitch belt loops to keep it in place.
Tip: Stitch down the inner half of your seam allowance to keep your facing from rolling.