Wanting to sew the perfect swimwear for the beach or pool? From micro triangle to full coverage with ruching, here are the best bikini sewing patterns for women.
Let’s face it – shopping for swimwear is a nightmare. Searching through racks for the perfect style (and in your size too!). Then having to venture to the change rooms (which are either freezing cold or way too hot), with the fear of someone pulling back the curtain.
At least store-bought bikinis are often sold as separates these days (although it feels like they also cost twice as much that way!), so you don’t have to worry that your top half is a completely different size to your bottom. But it can still be a challenge to find the perfect top and bottom in your size.
Completely avoid swimwear change room horrors by sewing your own bikini. Get the fit and coverage (or lack thereof) just right with these DIY bikini patterns:
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The First Crush Swimsuit from Rad Patterns is the ultimate mix and match swimsuit pdf sewing pattern. The top is a flattering crossover design with banding and binding options. Then there are 16 bikini bottoms options, ruched or plain, brief, boyshorts and high-waisted combinations. There are also one-piece and tankini options.
The Colorblock Zip Swimsuit pdf pattern from Ellie and Mac is a mix and match pattern with colorblocked and solid options. Choose between mid-rise and high-rise bottoms. For a more modest bikini, the top has short or long skirt options.
Edgewater Ave has an amazing selection of bikini separates sewing patterns. Pick your favourite top and bottom to make your perfect bikini. They currently have 29 tops and 16 bottoms to choose from (sold individually).
This two-piece swim set from Rebecca Page is another simple design, perfect for first-time swimwear sewists. The top has a square neckline with spaghetti straps, high back, two length options and an optional decorative front zip. The bottoms are fully lined with full bum coverage, optional ruching and two rise options.
The Paradise swimsuit from Peek-a-boo Pattern shop has three bottoms options (standard, high rise and ruched high rise). The top can be made with or without the bow and keyhole, and it can also be made as a tankini or one-piece. So many options for the perfect swimwear!
The Waterfall Swimsuit from Ellie and Mac is an off-the-shoulder design with a large flounce (with optional straps). It can be made as a bikini or tankini (with cinch ties to adjust the amount of coverage). The bottoms come with high waist and mid-waist options.
This bikini pattern is very flattering with a halter neck tie and diamond-shaped cut out with front bow detailing. It is fully lined and has the option of a bikini or tankini length top as well as regular or retro high-waisted shorts.
If a Micro-bikini is more your style, Mango Coast Patterns has the Cozumel. The micro triangle bikini top ties around the neck and back, and includes 2 versions: a classic micro triangle shape and a narrower triangle. The intended fit of both bikini tops is minimal coverage with under bust cleavage.
And soon you will have the perfect handmade bikini without having to venture to the change room!