Swimsuit reference books
Amanda Kaufmann | Date posted: July 2nd, 2012
We’re now in the throes of beach season, and if you’re thinking like I’m thinking, it’s time to shake up that wardrobe and get yourself some new swimwear. And when I say “get,” I mean “make”! That way you’ll be sure to have the perfect fit, colour, leg cut, and back coverage, and the exact design details (belted, cutouts, ruffles, etc.) you want.
Since most of us don’t make swimsuits regularly, it’s a good idea to check out reference books, patterns, and online tutorials to remind yourself of the different skills needed. Here are some of my go-to resources for making a custom swimsuit.
For drafting your own bathing suit pattern, I recommend Pattern Cutting for Lingerie, Beachwear and Leisurewear by Ann Haggar. As the title suggests, the book also covers various types of lingerie and leisurewear (including exercise clothes) so you’ll be sure to refer to it year-round. Take note: she does all of her measurements in centimetres, so Americans will want to get ready to do some conversions.
For buying ready-made swimsuit patterns, my preferred pattern company is Kwik Sew. They have by far the largest selection of suits of the major pattern companies, and in many different varieties, so you can easily find your style (or a similar pattern that’s you can easily adapt).
For tips on bathing-suit construction, I like to refer to the book Sewing Lingerie That Fits: Stylish Underwear, Sleepwear and Loungewear for Everyday Living by Karen Morris. She covers everything from sewing elastic leg holes and different kinds of stretch fabrics to fitting problems and solutions. And as the title suggests, this book covers a lot more sewing areas than just swimsuits.
Of course, for more tips on sewing and fitting techniques, check out the articles right here on LoveSewing!
Amanda Kaufmann is a New York-based writer and editor. Since 2006, she has worked as a newspaper reporter, freelance columnist, book editor, website content editor, proofreader and fact-checker. She is constantly in the pursuit of...