How to Make a Swim Skirt (Step by Step Guide)

Swim skirts are a great addition to a woman’s wardrobe. They provide the modesty of a one-piece swimsuit while still allowing you to stay cool and comfortable in the water. Best of all, they’re relatively easy to make on your own.

Swim skirts come in two main categories: regular and maternity. Regular swim skirts can be worn by any woman, regardless of whether or not she is currently pregnant. These usually have an elastic or drawstring waistband, similar to what you find on athletic shorts for land-based activities like running or tennis, as well as a skirt with either one or two layers of fabric (the latter providing more coverage).

Some regular swim skirts also have attached underwear briefs that offer additional comfort and security; if this kind does not have attached underwear briefs, it will usually have pockets for optional removable padding inserts for women who are sensitive about their bodies’ natural shape showing through the fabric.

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Maternity swim skirts generally look similar from the outside but differ in that they tend to leave room under the belly area so they fit comfortably around your stomach even when you are several months pregnant. However, many women choose to wear these even when they’re not expecting because they prefer how much larger these types tend to be at their waists than regular swim skirts do, and once again, there is often room inside them for removable padding inserts should you wish to include them.

How to Sew a Swim Skirt

There are many ways to go about sewing a swim skirt. There are lots of different patterns available and you can even make one without a pattern. You could also use a sewing machine or sew it by hand. This specific article is written with one method in mind, but there are other places on the web that you can visit if you want to try something else.

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To get started, you’ll want to choose a chlorine-resistant fabric that is made specifically for swimwear. There are plenty of different patterns available online, and you can use one of those or make your own custom pattern.

First, you will need:

Materials Needed for Sewing a Swim Skirt

  • Swim skirt fabric
  • Elastic (Do swimsuits need elastic?)
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Scissors or pinking shears (to cut the elastic)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pattern (if you’re not drafting your own)
  • Seam ripper (in case you need to remove any stitches).

Follow these steps to make your swim skirt.

Step 1

Cut 80” of the fabric according to the pattern. For example, if you are using the pattern found here, you would cut 80” by 13” for an adult-sized skirt. Make sure that you use a chlorine-resistant fabric such as Lycra or Spandex; cotton will not work for this project.

Step 2

Sew each side together so that they are 80” long and meet at a seam in the middle of the back of your skirt.

Step 3

Create a casing around the top of your skirt by sewing 1/2″ on each side toward the inside of your skirt. Leave approximately 2″ open to feed elastic through later. This can be done with a serger, but any standard machine will also do the trick.

Step 4

Sew one end of the knit elastic band onto itself so it won’t slip out when threaded through your casing (you can sew it closed with a regular sewing machine). Feed this elastic band through your casing until it’s even with both sides this is where you’ll need to leave room open without stitching earlier. Once all is even, sew it together and then close up that 2″ gap in your casing using an overcast stitch or zigzag stitch on your machine or serger (or hand stitch).

Step 5

Now that you’ve finished, try it on. Make sure it fits. You can hem the bottom if you’d like, but if the swim skirt is long enough to cover your behind, it should be fine.

Step 6

The next step is to wear your creation in water (how very postmodern of me). Sit in a pool or shallow body of water and make sure that the skirt floats properly and doesn’t get too heavy with water. If this happens, consider, sewing a few holes in the top layer so that water can flow out through them or wearing something underneath so that the weight of the water isn’t as noticeable.

Step 7

Finally, try your new piece on while wearing a bathing suit. Make any adjustments you feel necessary; maybe you want more coverage at the hips or need to shorten it slightly? The beauty of sewing is that there’s always room for making things even better.

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When choosing the fabric for your swim skirt, it’s important to choose one that is chlorine resistant. There are several different types of chlorine-resistant fabric you can use, such as Polyester, Nylon, or Spandex.

These types of fabrics can withstand exposure to chlorine better than other materials. If you’re looking for a particular color or pattern, you may have to do a bit more research to see if it is available in one of these fabrics. However, we recommend using one of the above fabrics so your lovely new swim skirt continues to look good after many visits to the beach or pool.

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Benefits of Sewing a Handmade Swim Skirt

1. You Can Choose a Piece of Fabric and Style

One of the main benefits of making your own skirt is that you can choose the fabric, color, and patterns. Sometimes it’s hard to find a store-bought swimsuit that matches all your criteria. With this tutorial, you can choose from a wide variety of fabrics and styles. You can use anything from stretchy swimwear spandex to cotton Lycra whatever makes you feel comfortable. You can even add other details, like ruffles or pockets.

2. You Can Match it to Your Swim Top

Another benefit is that you’re not limited to just one type of top, you can match your skirt to any top in your wardrobe. This means you don’t need to buy another expensive store-bought bathing suit just because it has the right print or texture, with this method, you still get all the coverage that a typical bikini wouldn’t give while keeping the look of wearing separate pieces.

3. Unique looks

Finally, if you want something unique but are tired of shopping for hours at stores without finding exactly what’s on your mind then this tutorial could be perfect for creating an amazing handmade piece. It will allow anyone who doesn’t have sewing skills yet (or people who do) to have something different than what someone else may wear when going out swimming in public areas such as pools or beaches.

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Different Ways to Tie Swim Skirts

There are many ways to tie a swim skirt. It all depends on how you want your skirt to look and how tight you want it to be around your waist. To start, wrap the swim skirt around your waist. Then:

1. Tie in the front

This is a simple knot that is easy to adjust once tied. Ideal for someone who doesn’t like tying complicated knots and has a relatively flat stomach.

2. Knot in the back

This is one of the more common ways to tie a swim skirt and involves making two loops with the fabric before cinching it together in a knot at the back of your waist. Adjust as needed so that there are no bulges or wrinkles when worn. For added flair, try tying it so that part of the remaining fabric hangs down as an “overhang.”

3. Tie in a bow at the back

After wrapping around your waist, this method of wearing involves taking both ends of the fabric and tying them together behind your back into a bow. Be careful not to make it too tight! A loose-fitting bow will still hold up while allowing you more room for movement without feeling constricted by any extra fabric at your midsection.

 For visual appeal, try adjusting where exactly on your lower back you choose to tie it the lower down on your hips, the shorter its length will appear from behind (though keep in mind this may require you to pull up the sides slightly if they become too short). You can also play with different kinds of colors/patterns of bows depending on what style best suits you.

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Conclusion – How to Make a Swim Skirt

Now that you have a good idea of how to make swim skirts, you can incorporate this versatile piece into your life in all kinds of ways. You can wear it while swimming, exercising, or going to the beach. Also, you can wear it with many different types of tops, including camisoles and tank tops. If you’re looking for accessories to pair with your swim skirt, consider an adorable straw hat.

There are countless reasons why making your own swim skirt is a great idea. It’s fun to do, rewarding when you’re done, a great conversation starter among friends and family members (especially if they love fashion as much as you do), and saves money compared to buying one.



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