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Pattern Favourites: Swimwear & Cover Ups

Summer is in full swing! The sun’s out, flowers are blooming and the summer holidays are right on our doorstep. Whether you’re staying at home, going on an exotic holiday or anything in between, taking a swim to cool down is often needed! What better way to do that than in a handmade swimsuit?

We’ve picked some of our favourite bathing suits, bikini’s and cover ups for you to swoon over and to start planning your own handmade holiday!




Pattern: Kwik Sew K3608.

This fabulous strapless swimsuit has cut outs on the sides and back which mades it look like a bikini from the back! All openings are finished with elastic and it has a self bra lining. The pattern also includes a simple strapless tankini.

Pattern: Simplicity S8928.

Designed by Cynthia Rowley, this pattern includes a slip-on caftan or beach dress in two lengths with a deep frill trim, and a swimsuit which gives you the opportunity to be creative with colour blocking and make a one of a kind swimsuit!

Pattern: Vogue V9192.

This stunning design will definitely turn some heads at the beach! We love this version with a low V-neckline, but the pattern also includes a lined one shoulder swimsuit, a close fitted cover up, a bikini top and bottoms. Lots of options to take your sunbathing to the next level!

Pattern: Simplicity S8932.

Are you not into those modern styles? This 1940’s vintage pattern might be something for you! It includes a bikini top with straps crossing at back, high-waist shorts or short wrap skirt. And if that isn’t cool enough, you also have the option to make a matching lined jacket, which has a loose fit with big patch pockets.

Pattern: Kwik Sew K3239.

A simple and classic bikini with a triangle top. This pattern is an easy make and ideal if you’re new to sewing swimwear. The pattern also includes different bottoms, a tankini top and a pullover top. Perfect to mix and match and make a bikini that suits your style!

Pattern: Kwik Sew K4182.

This pattern comes with a two-piece tankini and a swimsuit. Both have a lovely ruched feature at the side seams and a sweetheart neckline. All you need now is some pretty swimwear fabric, lining, matching flip flops, sunglasses and a sun hat!

Pattern: Butterick B5795.

This beautiful bathing suit has got an eye catching mock wrap front feature and comes with different pattern pieces for cup sizes A to D. It also includes a stunning cover up and a top or swim dress with princes seams. You’l be summer party ready with this pattern!

Pattern: Butterick B4526.

This pattern includes a swimsuit and a bikini, but we are in love with this wrap style cover up! It will be super simple to make, but will look very effective and flattering when you just want to cover yourself up to get a cocktail at the bar 😉

Pattern: McCall’s M7417.

Not just sewing for yourself? How cute is this matching set! Protect yourself, and your little one from the sun and choose from different styles for the top and bottoms.


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