DIY swimsuits solve the dilemma of swimsuit shopping, but where do you begin? From bikini patterns to one-piece bathing suit patterns, we’ve found 9 swimwear patterns that are, dare we say, better than what was on the rack. Whether you adore retro one-pieces or are looking for a cute cover-up, we have you … well, covered.
A one-piece doesn't have to be boring: Just mix it up with an unexpected neckline. This pattern can be customized with a scoop, tube-top-style or halter neckline.
For the free one-piece swimsuit pattern, visit Ralph Pink.
We adore vintage-style one-pieces, except that they are always expensive. Why is that? It’s not that much extra fabric … but, we digress. Here’s the ultimate pattern for recreating a classic style but with a modern fit. We suggest a bold red fabric.
For the free vintage-style swimsuit pattern, visit Burda Style.
Endless Options Bikini Top
Wear a bandeau one weekend and a twist-front bikini the next. If you've got a favorite vintage brooch or statement piece, stick it onto this easy project.
For instructions and a free pattern for this bikini top, visit Etceterize.
Love the genuine old-timey swimsuits at your favorite vintage store but are a little skittish about buying such an intimate garment? (No matter how much it’s been washed?) This is the pattern for you: An authentic swimsuit pattern that dates back to the '40s.
For the old-fashioned swimsuit pattern of your dreams, visit Vintage Purls.
Not-So-Itty-Bitty Polka Dot Bikini
A little whimsical but altogether grown-up is this sweet bikini pattern. We love the extra-supportive (but still cute) top. The secret is in the sewn-in cups, which you can find at your craft store … or you can just cut from last year’s bikini top.
For an all-around lovely bikini pattern, visit Burda Style.
Image credits from top: Alexey Fursov / Dreamstime, Ralph Pink, BurdaStyle, Etcetorize, Vintage Purls, nhouse, Sew Mama Sew, Bored and Crafty, Jack Deutsch, Dana Made It, Life is Beautiful