June 21 ~ Make It, Wear It! Inspiration

on June 21 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 57 Comments

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Sewn by Amy, angry chicken
Photo used with permission by Amy Karol.

Pattern: Amy traced favorite-fitting ballet leotards as a pattern guide, adding extra width for the elastic plus about 1/4″ extra on the side seams.

Amy has tons of details with tips about sewing swimsuits for her daughters in this blog post. In addition to this one-piece suit there is also a one-piece suit with an attached skirt, a one-piece union suit and a two-piece suit with top and shorts. They’re all amazing!

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57 Responses to June 21 ~ Make It, Wear It! Inspiration

  1. DanceKAD says:

    These are so cute – the fabric you chose was great! I did a swimsuit for a friend this weekend & am now really wishing I’d gotten fabric for me too! 🙂

  2. ~Helena~ says:

    How cool. thanks for sharing

  3. sascha says:

    Love this suit!

  4. Joke says:

    I saw that on Angry Chicken, it’s so cute!

  5. Jessica C says:

    That is the sweetest baithing suit I have even seen!

  6. Lola says:

    Lovely swimsuit! I would love to make one.

    I am in the middle of my Make it, Wear it! Challenge project. I hope to finish it this weekend and post the photo on Flickr before the due date. 🙂

  7. We’re into making swimwear at the moment (even though it is winter here) but finding the lining material is proving a challenge.

  8. Marcia W. says:

    I tried sewing swimsuits as a teenager. This looks much easier.

  9. 4vs1 says:

    Wow! I can’t imagine sewing a swimsuit. I think it would be addicting if I started though!

  10. Kate says:

    That’s great! The elastic is so perfect — a skill I’m still mastering.

  11. Claire says:

    I’m too scared to sew my own suit, but yours look great! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Latrilla says:

    Now I have to try sewing a bathing suit for my daughter.

  13. C. Michele says:

    love it!

  14. Vanessa says:

    I never thought about sewing my own bathing suit! Maybe I will have to give it a try!

  15. Jenny says:

    Cute! This girl has written an e-book for making your own modest swimwear! http://freshmodesty.com/

    So brave to make your own swimwear….

  16. viquena says:

    man, making your swimsuit. What a challenge, but it would be so worth it to have a cute, well-fitting one piece.

  17. Laurel says:


  18. Thanks for the great link to the swimsuit sewing tips!

  19. Diana says:

    I would love to sew my own swimsuit this summer but like others have said I’m not too sure if I would be brave enough to sew through that fabric. I might just stick to sewing dresses this summer.

  20. Shannon says:

    Love the colors and the design. Very cute!

  21. Ginger says:


  22. sy says:

    great idea 😀 the swimsuit is so cute.

  23. Corvus says:

    Beautiful, and utterly terrifying.

  24. Jennifer S. says:

    flippin cute!

  25. Sarah says:

    What a great alternative to buying an expensive swimsuit that you aren’t thrilled with, just make one yourself and you are sure to love it!

  26. susan hwang says:

    wow! this is definitely advanced for me.. someday 🙂

  27. Jodie W says:

    Very cute! One day I will be able to make my own swimsuit 🙂

  28. Christine says:

    Great swimsuit! I’m not brave enough to try to make one.

  29. Amanda says:

    Love the angry chicken!

  30. kmckenzie says:

    i don’t know if i could tackle elasticated fabrics just yet! i may be a bit to novice … but it looks great!

  31. Kelli says:

    I was almost inspired to whip up some matching suits for me and my 6-yr-old when Amy posted these–but then I looked over at the mountain of fabrics waiting to be made into something and I decided a new project would have to wait…plus I’ve never worked with lycra, so I’m a little timid. Great job by Amy, though!

  32. Andi says:

    Cute! Love all of the suits! I don’t think I am brave enough to try and sew a swimsuit.

  33. Stephanie says:

    Looks like a suit a little girl would love!

  34. Rebecca says:

    I love this suit. So adorable.

  35. Laura says:

    I’d love to make a swimsuit like this, it’s so cute!

  36. Wendy says:

    Very cute!

  37. Addy says:

    Wow! Someday I’ll get brave and try to sew a swimsuit! Thanks for your inspiration!

  38. Darla says:

    I love those swimsuits. Her designs are adorable, and I plan to shamelessly copy them. 🙂 If anyone is interested, I have a tutorial for a basic tank swimsuit on my blog at http://www.everydaychaos.wordpress.com .

  39. Suzanne says:

    I would love to try make a swimsuit for my girls one time – this looks great! i’m off to check out her tips 🙂

  40. Doris says:

    My Momma used to make my swimsuits as a 70s kid, but they were never that adorable! (sorry, Momma!)

  41. Mama Lusco says:

    Love the new knits and a cute suit!

  42. Roberta says:

    darling and modest!

  43. Trish B. says:

    Those Patty Young fabrics are to drool over!

  44. corinnea says:

    This is cute! Swimsuits, I am intimadated by them but you make me want to try…..

  45. Layla says:

    oh I want that swimsuit for myself. fantastic!

  46. Sara says:

    I NEED one of these badly for my FL trip in a couple weeks.

  47. I’m so scared of knits!

  48. DebbieKL says:

    I don’t know if I’m brave enough to try a swimming suit! Very nice.

  49. Margie Bennett says:

    Very cute & sweet!!

  50. Cat says:

    I am amazed . . . I cannot imagine trying to sew a swimsuit!

  51. qsogirl says:

    so, so cute!! the stripes are so fun 🙂

  52. Janessa says:

    LOve it! love the bow!

  53. Kimberly says:

    I just adore this tiny suit! It has this circus-y old timey charm that screams “seashells by the seashore!” It also makes me want to eat sandwiches wrapped in waxed paper and drink lemonade from striped paper straws! So darling!

  54. Alexis says:

    How cute! It makes me want to make one in my size!

  55. Claire says:

    I also follow angry chicken and I love those swim suits she makes!!!!!!Patty Young’s fabrics look so cute!!!!

  56. Rochelle says:

    Knits! Oh I’m so excited to sew with those new fabrics!!

  57. Tong says:

    This is adorable!! Love that white bow!

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