In  Swimwear

Sewing Adventures – Roarsome swimsuit

By Susan | Comments: 2 | November 29, 2016

Sometimes a fabric is just so roarsome you have to have it.


When this panel came into Pitt Trading I knew it would make the perfect swimsuit (or should that be purrfect). I’m in the midst of my Christmas present list and knew one of my nieces would love this.

I made up a swimsuit block for her age and got to cutting. Using a lightweight interfacing I could see through it to place the face in the correct position.


For the back I added a centre back seam purely so I could cut the back out of the sides of the panel and use the remainder of the panel for another swimsuit.

To keep it smooth on the inside it is fully lined with all seams enclosed. Clear elastic was overlocked onto the legs, arms and neckline then turned under and topstitched with triple stitch zig zag. This was not so great, occasionally my machine would clog on the bobbin. This normally doesn’t happen at all so it was somewhat frustrating. It’s fine but not perfect and that’s somewhat annoying for me.


I only wish I could be there Christmas morning when she opens it up!

Fabric: Nylon Spandex panel and swimwear lining from Pitt Trading

Trims: clear elastic from the stash

Pattern: my own

Alterations for next time: fix the topstitching!


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Hi, I'm Susan. A designer living in Sydney, Australia.

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