Basic Swimsuit Sewing Tutorials
About the Nautilus Swimsuit:
The Nautilus Swimsuit has an elegant twist center front, like the shell of its namesake cephalopod. The pattern is fully lined and comes with 4 different cup size options (AA cup, A/B cup, C/D cup, or DD+ cup) to make fitting a breeze. Available as a one-piece suit (View A) with a cute little peek-a-boo under the twist or a bikini (View B/C). The bikini comes with twists on the bottom that echo the bodice twist (View B) or plain (View C). Instructions are included for optional cup insertion and side boning for coverage and support. The straps can be tied around the neck halter style or can be attached to the back.
The pattern is available as a .pdf. There are 124 meticulous step-by-step illustrated instructions on 25 pages. The .pdf includes separate printing layouts for home printing (8.5″x11″/A4 paper), and copy shop printing (A0/wide format paper). For the home print option, the exact pages necessary for each view and option are listed so you only need to print the pages necessary for your exact swimsuit. For the copy shop print option, there is a separate page for each cup size option so you only need print the page for your specific cup size.
Swimsuit fabrics and linings with 4 way stretch
3 3/4 – 5 1/4 yds (3.5-4.8m)(see Elastic Sizing Chart included in pattern) of 1/4” (65mm) elastic.
1 – 1″ (2.5cm) swimwear hook
Swimsuit bra cups (optional)
10″ (25cm) plastic boning (optional)
Working with swimsuit knits
Sewing multiple layers of fabric
Using a lining
Recommended before sewing: some experience sewing knits.