With swimwear season upon us, everyone wants their wardrobe to be beachy keen. However, such a vital wardrobe must-have can be a real struggle to find on a retail level. With our newest free sewing pattern, unflattering fits and guessing games are a thing of the past. The Cordia Swimsuit features a halter neckline, multiple cup sizes, and beautiful lines, for a gorgeous fit every time. Keep cool and covered with our Aloe-infused UV protective tricots, or give one of Mood’s many neoprene options a try! However your Cordia Swimsuit comes together, your new beach look is sure to go over swimmingly.
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 1 yard Bananas and Leaves UV Protective Compression Tricot with Aloe Vera Microcapsules
- 1/2 yard White UV Protective Compression Tricot with Aloe Vera Microcapsules
- 1/2 yard Nude Shaper Power Mesh
- 3/8″ Cotton Swimwear Elastic
- White Triangle Bra Cups – Size 06
- MDF153 – The Cordia Swimsuit Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
Since the swim top is a little more complicated than the bottoms, we’ll begin there. Start by attaching the center bodice/strap piece to the curve edge of your side bodice. Be sure to use a stretch stitch, like you see in the lower right-hand image. After the seam is complete, trim your seam allowance and attach both front bodice pieces at the center front seam.
Repeat with your power mesh lining layer.
Attach the upper back band to the front of your bodice at the side seams. Repeat with your lining, and then form your lower band like you see in the lower right-hand image. Attach the lower band to the upper portion of your swim top, lining up the princess seams on the cups with the seams on your band.
If you’re using a contrast strap like I did, attach it to the top of your cup lining like you see below. Tack your bra cups into place at the top, and zig-zag stitch along the bottom of your cups to secure.
Attach your lining to the main layer of your bodice along the top edge and straps, with the fabric faces together. Trim your seam allowances, turn right-side-out, and edge-stitch.
Lastly, fold the raw edges along the lower edge of your top inward, pin like you see below, and close with a stretch stitch. Your bodice is now complete!
To get started on your swimsuit bottoms, sew your side panels to either side of your front panel, like you see below. Repeat to add your back swimsuit panel. Be sure to use a stretch stitch.
Attach your front and back waistband pieces together at the side seams, fold in half along the length, and then attach to the waistline of your shorts with a stretch stitch.
Cut two pieces of swimwear elastic three inches shorter than the length of your leg hole openings. Stretch the elastic along each leg hole, pin along the face of the fabric, and secure with a stretch stitch.
Fold the elastic inward toward the inside of your garment and hem with a wide stitch, stretching as you sew to be sure that you don’t lose any stretch.