Free sewing pattern and tutorial Women's swimsuit



I made this swimsuit for myself. I'm quite happy with how it turned out. The fabric is my own design and was printed by Elobina. Elobina is a new sponsor at my blog. Elobina offers consumers to print their own design on high quality fabric.

For this swimsuit I used the fabric Malaga Mat. Malaga is an elastic, light weight fabric, resistant to pilling and UV rays.

Materials:
* Swimsuit fabric (swimsuit)
* Swimsuit lining fabric in black or white (lining)

Instructions:
Download the free sewing pattern in size Small (A cup). Set your printer settings to A4 paper.

When working with knits, it is important not to stretch or pull the fabric while sewing. Also use a stretch needle and a stretch stitch. In this pattern (nearly) all seams are sewed with a twin needle.

Double-click images to enlarge.

Step 1: Draw the pattern.
Draw the back and front piece with an aqua trickmarker on the back of the swimsuit fabric. The pattern is without seam allowance. Ad 1 cm (0,4 in) seam allowance.

Draw a front piece on the back of the swimsuit lining fabric. Ad 1 cm (0,4 in) seam allowance. Draw the neckline, armholes and the leg holes without seam allowance. 

Step 2: Cut the fabric.
Cut a front piece (2x) and a back piece out of both fabrics.


Step 3: Place the back piece on top of the front piece.
Place the front piece right-side up on your work surface. Place the back piece right-side down on top.

Step 4: Sew the bottom of the swimsuit.
Place the swimsuit lining on top. Pin down. Sew together. Trim.


Step 5: Sew the sides of the swimsuit and the shoulder seams.
Fold the swimsuit lining to the front. With right sides facing pin down the back and both front pieces. Sew the sides of the swimsuit and the shoulder seams. Trim

Step 6: Fold the seam allowance to the inside.
Fold the seam allowance of the leg holes to the inside and pin down.

Step 7: Sew leg holes.
Turn the swimsuit right side out. Sew leg holes about 1 cm (0.4 in) from the outer edge. Trim.
Step 8: Fold seam allowance to the inside.
Fold seam allowance of the neckline and the armholes to the inside and pin down.

Step 9: Sew.
Sew.

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How to design your own fabric


























In this tutorial I will explain how to convert a photo to a pattern, by using the open source software Gimp (Photoshop) and Inkscape (Illustrator).

Step 1: Choose a picture.


































Choose a picture.

Step 2: Cut out your object with the Lasso Tool.



























Open your image in Gimp (Photoshop). Change the transparency of the layer (Layer → Transparency → Add Alpha Channel). Select the Lasso tool from the toolbox. Cut out your object with the Lasso Tool. Save the image as an PNG file. PNG files support transparency.

Step 3: Import in Inkscape


























Import the PNG file in Inkscape (File Import). Create a transparent square. Select both the square and the object and convert to a pattern (Object Pattern Objects to Pattern)

Step 4: Choose the Node Tool from the toolbox.

























Duplicate the pattern (Edit Duplicate) and choose the Node Tool from the toolbox. In the upper right corner of your pattern a small square with a cross inside will appear .

Step 5: Have a look at the different options.


























Click and drag the square with the mouse cursor. In this way the pattern can be shifted in the field. The great thing about this tool is that you can drag the pattern to a new position. And although the pattern is now cut by the edges of your square, you're still creating a seamless repeating pattern. 

Step 6: Shift the pattern into a new position.


























Shift the pattern into a new position by using the Node tool.
Step 7: Send to the back.


























Select the pattern. Send to the back (Object Lower to bottom).

Step 8: Repeat steps 4, 5, 6 and 7.


























To make this pattern, I duplicated and shifted the pattern three times. I used all four options, shown in step five, to make this pattern. 

Select all layers and convert to pattern. (Object Pattern Objects to Pattern)

Step 10: Meetlat toevoegen.




















Unfortunately Inkscape does not yet have a dedicated Measure tool. Therefore I made my own Measure tool to use with Inkscape. You can download the yardstick here.

Use the yardstick to create a square with the same dimensions as the fabric of your choice. Select the square and open the Fill and Stroke Menu (Shift+Ctrl+F). Choose Pattern and choose the new pattern you just created.

Step 11: Export bitmap.





















In this example I added a square with a matching colour to use as a neckband. When your design is ready, remove the yardstick. Select both squares. Export the image to PNG with resolution 180 dpi (FileExport Bitmap). To reduce the size of the file, open the PNG file in Gimp and save as a JPG file.


I printed the fabric by Elobina on the fabric Polyamide Malaga Mat.

© small dreamfactory
not intended for commercial use

Free sewing tutorial toddler swimsuit




I designed this swimsuit for my daughter. The fabric is my own design and was printed by Elobina. As you may have noticed Elobina is a new sponsor at my blog. Elobina offers consumers to print their own design on high quality fabric.

For this swimsuit I used the fabric Malaga Mat. Malaga is an elastic, light weight fabric, resistant to pilling and UV rays.

Materials:
* Swimsuit fabric (swimsuit)

Instructions:
Download the free sewing pattern from the list below. Set your printer settings to A4 paper.

(size 104) (EU 4 years) (US 4T)

When working with knits, it is important not to stretch or pull the fabric while sewing. Also use a stretch needle and a stretch stitch. In this pattern (nearly) all seams are sewed with a twin needle.

Double-click images to enlarge.

Step 1: Draw the pattern.


















Draw the pattern with an aqua trickmarker on the back of the fabric. The pattern is without seam allowance. Ad 1 cm (0,4 in) seam allowance. Ad 2 cm (0,8 in) seam allowance to the upper part of the bottom piece. Draw the sides of one bottom piece without seam allowance.

Step 2: Cut the fabric.


















Cut a front piece, a back piece and a bottom piece out of the fabric.

Step 3: Bottom piece











Fold the 2 cm (0,8 in) seam allowance to the inside and pin down. Sew 1,5 cm (0,6 in) from the outer edge. Trim.

Step 4: Sew bottom swimsuit.
With right sides facing pin down the back and front piece. Place the bottom piece right-side down on top. Sew. (Use a single needle) 

Step 5: Sew the sides of the swimsuit and the shoulder seams.
With right sides facing pin down the back and front piece. Sew the sides of the swimsuit and the shoulder seams. Trim.

Step 6: Fold the seam allowance to the inside.
Fold the seam allowance of the leg holes to the inside and pin down.
Step 7: Sew leg holes.
Turn the swimsuit right side out. Sew leg holes about 1 cm (0.4 in) from the outer edge. Trim.

Step 8: Fold seam allowance to the inside.
Fold seam allowance of the neckline and the armholes to the inside and pin down.

Step 9: Sew.
Sew.


© small dreamfactory
not intended for commercial use

Welcome Elobina!






















I love to introduce you to Elobina. Elobina is a new sponsor to my blog. Elobina offers consumers to print their own design on high quality fabric. For these summer tops and swimsuits I designed my own fabric and printed it at Elobina. I'm very happy with how it turned out!





























For my fabric designs I started with a photo. For designing the fabric I work with programs like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. In Illustrator you can make repeating tiles of pattern. You can also work with the free programs Gimp (Photoshop) and Inkscape (Illustrator) instead.

For the swimsuits I used the fabric Malaga Mat. For the summer tops I used the fabric New Shirt. On the website of Elobina you can order a fabric book for just 3 euro with the 11 fabrics they offer, to get a idea of the different qualities .

Just for our readers, Elobina has a special discount code that gives you 20 procent discount on their fabrics. Just use the promo code: dream20 at checkout.

Free sewing tutorial Women's swimsuit





I made this swimsuit for myself. I'm quite happy with how it turned out. The fabric is my own design and was printed by Elobina. For this swimsuit I used the fabric Malaga Mat.

Materials:
* Swimsuit fabric (swimsuit)
* Swimsuit lining fabric in black or white (lining)
* Strip swimsuit fabric  - 4,5 cm x 200 cm (1,8 in x 80 in) (neckband)

Instructions:
Download the free sewing pattern in size Small (A cup). Set your printer settings to A4 paper.

When working with knits, it is important not to stretch or pull the fabric while sewing. Also use a stretch needle and a stretch stitch. In this pattern (nearly) all seams are sewed with a twin needle.

Double-click images to enlarge.

Step 1: Draw the pattern.














Draw the back and front piece with an aqua trickmarker on the back of the swimsuit fabric. The pattern is without seam allowance. Ad 1 cm (0,4 in) seam allowance. Draw the neckline without seam allowance.

Draw a front piece on the back of the swimsuit lining fabric. Ad 1 cm (0,4 in) seam allowance. Draw the neckline and the leg holes without seam allowance.

Step 2: Cut the fabric.















Cut a front piece (2x) and a back piece out of both fabrics.

Step 3: Place the back piece on top of the front piece.
Place the front piece right-side up on your work surface. Place the back piece right-side down on top.

Step 4: Sew the bottom of the swimsuit.
Place the swimsuit lining on top. Pin down. Sew together. Trim.

Step 5: Sew the sides of the swimsuit.
Fold the swimsuit lining to the front. With right sides facing pin down the back and both front pieces. Sew the sides of the swimsuit. Trim.

Step 6: Fold the seam allowance to the inside.
Fold the seam allowance of the leg holes to the inside and pin down.

Step 7: Sew leg holes.
Turn the swimsuit right side out. Sew leg holes about 1 cm (0.4 in) from the outer edge. Trim.

Step 8: Sew neckband.
Turn right-side out. Cut a strip of fabric out of the swimsuit fabric (4,5 cm - 1.8 in wide). Align the raw edges of the neckband with the raw edge of the neck opening, wrong sides together. Sew 1 cm (0.4 in) from the outer edge. Stretch the neckband while you sew, but be careful not to stretch or pull the swimsuit.
Step 9: Sew neckband.
Fold the neckband over the cut edge, re-fold and pin down. Sew.
Step 10: Trim.
Trim.

Step 11: Sew straps.
Align the raw edges of the neckband with the raw edge of the neck opening, wrong sides together. Sew 1 cm (0.4 in) from the outer edge. Stretch the neckband while you sew, but be careful not to stretch or pull the swimsuit.

Step 12: Sew straps.
Fold the neckband over the cut edge, re-fold and pin down. Sew.
Step 13: Attach straps.
Sew the straps onto the back of the swimsuit. (Length of the straps: 44 cm) Put the swimsuit on. (The length of the straps depends on the stretch of the fabric). Trim. 

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not intended for commercial use