Learn how to sew a supportive, underwired bikini or one piece!
Sew Your Dream Swimsuit | Sewing Class
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Includes the Sophie Swimsuit pattern in PDF format, sizes 0-20.
Sew Your Dream Swimsuit | Sewing Class
Do you want to sew your own swimsuit but are scared to get started? Do you struggle to find beautiful, supportive swimwear that actually fits? Are you ready to power-up your sewing skills?
If any of this sounds familiar, this workshop will give you the skills and confidence to make the swimsuit you've been searching for! Sew Your Dream Swimsuit: The Supportive Swimwear Workshop will walk you through swimsuit construction from start to finish through eleven detailed lessons using the Sophie Swimsuit pattern (PDF pattern included for free with the workshop!) Using a regular sewing machine, you'll learn to sew with swim knit fabrics, insert elastic, and learn valuable bra-making skills you can apply to other projects! Heather Lou, founder of Closet Core Patterns, teaches each lesson in simple language everyone can understand, so you will feel completely confident unleashing your inner swimwear designer!
Whether it's your first or fifteenth time sewing a swimsuit, this class will teach you new skills as you create a structured, supportive, and stylish swimwear that fits you perfectly.
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- How to assemble a swimsuit using a regular sewing machine or serger
- Working with swimsuit lycra
- The best techniques and stitches for swimsuit construction
- Where to source the best bra-making and swim supplies
- How to insert elastic for swimsuits that move with you
- How to make a perfectly supportive foam cup
- Insert underwire and channeling for the ultimate in breast support
- Fit your suit to perfection - learn how to grade between sizes, sew a sample test cup, and make cups that were shaped just for you
- Personalize and hack your swimsuit so you can be your own personal swimwear designer!
Your class includes a PDF copy of the Sophie Swimsuit pattern. With curvy seam lines and a 3-piece balconette cup, the Sophie swimsuit is both va-va-voom flattering and reassuringly supportive, a silhouette equally appropriate in the south of France or the neighborhood pool. The pattern comes in sizes 0-20, with 5 cup options per size.
View A is a classic one-piece with a pronounced hourglass shape and skinny elastic straps. View B mixes a bra-style halter-tied top with an elegant high-waisted bikini bottom. With a low cut leg and a full cup, both offer sexily modest coverage. Tap into your inner designer by playing with contrast fabric and colour blocking, and learn how to add optional underwires and foam cups to make the most supportive swimsuit ever!
Meet Your Instructor
Heather Lou is the force behind Closet Core Patterns and Core Fabrics. As a pattern designer and sewing educator, she has been writing and teaching about sewing for over a decade, and has taught thousands of people to sew, both online and in sold-out sewing workshops across North America & Europe. Her work has been featured in Threads, Sew News, Seamwork, Love Sewing and Sewing World magazine.
With her contagiously positive attitude, Heather’s teaching style is fun, approachable, and filled with helpful tips and techniques to help you transform the outfits in your imagination into a self-made wardrobe you love — not one you’re limited to buying off the rack.
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm psyched about making my own swimsuit! What do I need to get started?
Welcome to the class that changes everything about how you make and wear swimsuits! To get sewing, click on the button at the top or bottom of this page and you'll be automatically enrolled in your class after checkout. The link to login to the class and a link to your pattern will be sent to you via email. Please check your spam folder if you don't receive it after finalizing your purchase.
When does the class start and finish?
The beauty of Closet Core Patterns’ online classes is that you call the shots on when they begin and end. Sew Your Swimsuit is a completely self-paced, online class, which means you get to decide when you start, when you finish, and how many times you replay it.
What will I need to get started?
Before you get started, we’ll share a complete supply list, along with information about where and how to source everything on said list. At the very least, you’ll need a sewing machine (serger optional), swim fabric & lining, polyester thread, stretch needles and swim elastic. For an underwired suit you'll also need underwires, channelling, bra lining and bra cup foam.
How long does the class take to complete?
It’s up to you! To give you an idea of how long the class is start to finish, the video runs around 4 hours long and comprises 11 lessons total. Binge watch them in a weekend, or do a little at a time. You can return to the class as many times as you’d like, and there’s no time limit for you to complete in.
How do I get my PDF pattern?
You'll be able to download your pattern immediately after checkout, or by using the download link sent to you via email. Check your spam folder if you don't recieve an email from us!
The Sophie Swimsuit is only available as a PDF, although we include copy shop files if you'd like to save yourself some cutting and taping.
How long can I access the class?
All day, ‘erryday. But for real, this class includes lifetime access. After you enroll, the class is yours, which means you’ve got unlimited access for as long as you like, across all devices for all of eternity.
I really enjoyed this course, how everything is explained and the swimsuit that I was able to make! I would definitely recommend it!
I took 3 sewing classes (Basic clothing, Jacket and swimsuit) with Closetcore Pattern - I enjoyed all of them and learned a lot. Highly recommended!
This class was so great I ended up making three swim suits, two of the two piece and one full suit. I used the class each time and they turned out fantastic. This course took the fear of sewing swim suit fabric away. Great class and would recommend it to anyone wanting to sew their own swim wear.
I would have never found the confidence to try my hand at sewing a swimsuit without this instruction. It felt like a one-on-one class, which is great when working with new materials and learning new techniques.
I just wish I went swimming more so it would make sense to sew up a bunch of swimwear.
I've long wanted to make my own swimsuits and bras but was daunted at the prospect. Underwires, elastic, small seam allowances, stretch fabric - it all seemed too hard to tackle without assistance. Taking this course equipped me with the knowledge and skills to tackle swimsuit and lingerie projects and after completing my first Sophie Swimsuit, I have not looked back. Heather's pep talks and positive attitude inspired me to really step up my sewing game.
i found it very informative - liked the way it was presented - understood the contents-
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