wikiHow to Make a Swimsuit

Four Methods:TeekiniSexy Plunge Style HalterWrap TopTraditional Suit

As summer approaches, you might want a new bath suit but can't afford it. Or maybe you just want something that's uniquely you! Whatever the reason, wikiHow has a bathing suit for you. Below you'll find several different methods covering several different styles that you can make yourself with limited experience and supplies. Just get started with Step 1 below or see the sections listed above.

Method 1
Teekini

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    Cut a tee shirt. First, cut the side and shoulder seams and split the shirt into four pieces: the front, back, and two sleeves. Then cut off the hem of the shirt. Next, cut four 1.5" wide strips from the bottom of the front section only.[1]
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    Cut the top. Working with the front section of the tee, cut the bottom line of the bikini top by cutting straight across the panel, about 1.5-2" below the armpit. Then, cut the neck and shoulder straps how you want them to look,being sure to leave that ~2" of material below the armpit.
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    Cut the bottom. Working with the back panel. Use an old string bikini or cut up an old pair of underwear to make a pattern and cut it out from the panel.
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    Cut the side strips. Cut side strips for the bottom by cutting panels from the sleeves that are as wide as the sides you cut for your bottom piece.
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    Attach the side strips. Sew together the side strips that you cut for the back piece. Then, attach the long strips that you cut from the front panel to the sides and at the neck of the teekini top you made.
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    Enjoy your new suit! You're done! Tie on your new string teekini and enjoy the sun!

Method 2
Sexy Plunge Style Halter

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    Get a pair of leggings. Get a pair of leggings in any color. They must fit you. The material will work best if it is cotton or spandex.
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    Cut off the legs. Cut the legs off of the leggings. They can be cut as shorts (for a 1950s style suit) or a little higher. Just be sure to leave an extra 1/2" for the hem. Don't cut them too short!
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    Hem the bottoms. Hem the new leg holes you made.
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    Attach the legs. Trim the leg pieces that you cut until they reach from the waistline of the leggings up to the back center of your neck, with a half inch seam allowance on either end. Sew the wide base of the legs to the front hem of the shorts, with a gap in between, creating the halter straps.
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    Hem the legs. Sew the two ends of the legs together where they reach at the neck. This should make a loop that you stick your head through to put the suit on.
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    Enjoy your new suit! You're done! Put on your new bathing suit and enjoy the sun!

Method 3
Wrap Top

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    Get a tank-top. Get a tank top or camisole. The stretchier the fabric, the better.
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    Cut the back. Use a seam ripper to remove the side seams up to about 4" below the armpit. Then, cut the back panel below this line, leaving the front panel intact.[2]
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    Cut the center. Cut a single line down the center of the front panel, from the hem until about 2" from the neckline.
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    Wrap the top. Place your arms through the arm holes, crisscross the sides of the front panels, and then tie the ends behind you.
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    Buy or make bottoms. You can buy bottoms to match your top (many stores sell them separately) or you can follow the teekini instructions in the previous section to make your own bottoms.
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    Enjoy your new suit! You're done! Put on your new bikini and enjoy the sun!

Method 4
Traditional Suit

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    Buy the right fabric and supplies. You'll need swimsuit fabric, a sewing machine, and fittings for the machine that can handle swimsuit fabric (special needles and feet are needed).
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    Use or make a pattern. You can buy a pattern or find a free one online, or you can cut up an old bath suit to make your own pattern.
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    Cut the fabric. Cut the fabric out using your pattern. Be sure to leave in seam allowances. Depending on the style, you will need different numbers of pieces. For a one piece suit, two panels of fabric, plus gussets for the sides and crotch, are usually necessary.
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    Create the hem. Hem the neck, arm holes, and leg holes. If making a one piece suit, leave the side seams unhemmed. These will be joined in the next step.
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    Sew the sides together. Place the front and back panels right sides together and pin the side seams in place. Then, sew the panels together, also attaching them at the crotch. If using gussets, add these before sewing the side seams.
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    Enjoy your new suit! You're done! Put on your new bathing suit and enjoy the sun!

Tips

  • Experiment with different styles of shirts to get different looks.

Warnings

  • Be careful with scissors. Always cut fabric away from your body.

Article Info

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