DIY Swimwear Workshop
DIY Swimwear Workshop
DIY Swimwear Workshop
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DIY Swimwear Workshop
DIY Swimwear Workshop
DIY Swimwear Workshop
DIY Swimwear Workshop
DIY Swimwear Workshop
DIY Swimwear Workshop

DIY Swimwear Workshop

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Join Jenny Ambrose to make your first swimsuit in a small group with demonstrations and guidance. Learn how to better handle stretch fabrics, work with elastic and create beautiful edges using a regular sewing machine as well as a serger. 

Skill Level: Advanced 

Skills Experienced: 

  • Intermediate Sewing or equivalent +
  • A confident sewer who has made many garments, is comfortable with using trickier fabrics, and has some experience with fitting and minor alterations to patterns.
  • Experience successfully completing many sewing projects. This class will not cover basic sewing machine operation such as threading a needle, switching needles, how to adjust stitch length, locking stitches, reverse stitching, pivoting corners, winding bobbins etc. Students should be capable of performing these procedures without assistance.
  • Experience sewing with knits, applying elastics, making underwear and bralettes
  • Must be aged 16+.

Students will learn step-by-step how to make their swimsuit. We will cover everything you need to know to make a professional looking undergarment using a sewing machine and serger. Here's what we'll cover:

  • Learn the basic properties of nylon and spandex fabrics
  • Learn about the different types of elastic
  • How to construct seams
  • Hemming
  • Creating details like ruching and ruffles
  • How to line your swimsuit 
  • Working with a twin needle
  • What stitches to use when using a regular sewing machine only
  • How to apply elastics
  • Adding hooks and eyes
  • Making adjustable straps

*** Please note: This is a beginner swimwear class. It will provide a good starting point for you to make swimwear for yourself, but please note that as with any sewing pattern, you may need additional alterations to achieve a perfect fit for future makes. We will take you as far as we can with those alterations inside of this course. ***

Workshop fee includes:

  • 12 hours of instruction time (some homework may be required).

  • Pre-class consultation with Jenny to plan your project 

  • The use of our class sewing machines and tools - though we strongly recommend bringing your own machine.

  • Opportunity to purchase more supplies and kits to make future swimsuits discounted by 20% (before & during the workshop)

Materials needed:

  • Swimsuit pattern of your choice. You can view our pattern selection here
  • Nylon/spandex blend (see your pattern for quantities) You can view our full selection of fabrics here.
  • Swimsuit lining - see your pattern for requirements
  • Powermesh  see your pattern for requirements
  • Swimsuit elastic - see your pattern for widths and quantities
  • Findings - (eg. hooks and eyes etc.)  - see your pattern for requirements

We offer a 20% student discount on all your supplies for this workshop! You will be sent a code to use online once you've registered for your class! 

Equipment requirements: We highly encourage you to bring your own sewing machine, however if you don't own a machine, one will be provided for you. If you’d like to bring your home machine, please remember to bring the manual (and foot pedal/power cord) and arrive 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time.

Group size: Maximum 5 guests to keep our classes cozy and fun!