Sewing your own swimsuit may sound intimidating, and while it's not for beginners, it's often more pleasant than trying to find just the right suit in a store. DIY swimsuits give you the option to choose a fabric you love and then make adjustments for the fit you want.
Whether you're looking for something sexy or sporty, this list of patterns has you covered!
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For a vintage look with plenty of coverage, check out this classic pattern from Burda Style. The tied back gives extra support, but it's also a fun detail. It's perfect for when you want to look great at the pool and still feel comfortable if you want to swim a few laps.
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Craft Two Bikini Styles
Pair these DIY tops with a plain bikini bottom or use one of the other patterns in this list to make your own. The Sorry Girls present two options for making your own top. The first is a halter style that's upcycled from an existing swim bottom (perfect for when you find separates on clearance!), and the second is a sew-it-yourself bandeau. Both look great for the beach or with cut-offs!
DIY Bikini Tops from The Sorry Girls
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Mood Fabrics offers an amazing selection of fabric for garments, and that includes swim fabrics. But they also have some fun and free patterns for making swimsuits! The Cordia two-piece has a high-waisted bottom and a flattering halter top. They also have a long-sleeved swimsuit pattern that is on-trend and great for protecting your skin.
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For the times when you don't want to mess with a classic, grab this pattern for a simple triangle bikini top. But just because this is what you think of as a simple suit, doesn't mean this is basic. The graded pattern pieces are designed for a great fit and the finishing details of gold caps on the strings make this something special. Be sure to look through the other swimsuit patterns offered by Sirena Patterns for more style options.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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This color-blocked swimsuit pattern comes with options for making a one- or two-piece suit, plus a free add-on to make a tankini version with a peplum. Best of all, the pattern is designed for US sizes 12-28, so you know it will fit and flatter your curves.
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For a variation on the classic teeny bikini, head to Deconstrut for a tutorial on how to make your own scalloped edge two-piece. Charlotte walks you through how to draft the pattern pieces from items in your closet. The helpful thing about swimsuit fabric is that it doesn't fray and you can leave a raw edge on those adorable scallops.
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This wrapped bandage bikini top lifts and gives support in the best way possible. With a halter neck and two straps at the back, you'll feel secure while showing off a bit of skin. The thorough photo tutorial shows you how to cut simple shapes as you put this together, and you can even adjust the size and coverage to suit your style.
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Most swimwear has some similarities to lingerie, which means you can often use the patterns interchangeably. That's the case with the Anouk bodysuit which has a free add-on for making it into a swimsuit. This one-piece suit features contrasting trim and straps you can wear two ways. Plus once you have the pattern, you can make yourself something special to wear when you're not at the beach!Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Get two swimsuits in one with this reversible halter-style two-piece! Starting with a few measurements and pair of favorite underwear as a pattern, you can make this easy, fully-lined swimsuit. It's fun in two solid fabrics, but would also look fantastic in a bold print and coordinating solid so you could wear each piece in a different fabric.
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Simple is often the best, and that's what this bikini represents. But even in that simplicity, there's a cute ruching detail. The free pattern shows you how to measure and draft your own pattern for the top, and also includes pieces for the bottom in four sizes. If you're making one of the other bikini tops from this list, you could also use this bottom piece!
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A one-piece tank suit is a favorite for swimmers. It's no-fuss and still cute. This reversible version lets you customize your swimwear in fabrics you love as you get the fit just right. UK-designer Gisela offers a selection of swim patterns you won't want to miss, and even has a free bikini for newsletter subscribers.