Hey y’all! I finally finished my swimsuit for this year (better late than never, right?) so I thought I’d show y’all.

 I call it my “circus suit” because of the hilariously bright purple and white stripes. πŸ˜€

 I’ve been making my own swimsuits for several years now and wrote an eBook on how you can sew your own too! It’s way simpler than you’d think. It’s called Creating Custom Swimwear and if you’d like to read more about it, here’s the page. πŸ™‚

I love fun swimwear. I wore this this afternoon to play with the kids at the creek. Can’t wait to break it in at a pool!

 The suit is a tunic style with denim-styled spandex material (think jeggings) capris that I also made. I love to be able to swap out tops and wear these uber comfortable and practical swim bottoms with them. πŸ™‚

Have you ever sewn your own swimwear?

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68 thoughts on “My 2013 Swimsuit!”

  1. So cute and professional looking!I have made a few things since finding modest swimming wear is impossible! The hard thing for me most of the time is finding fabric that is not ugly or expensive…What a cute pattern! Love how you left the leggings a bit baggy to even everything out! Did you serge any of it ? Is this your own pattern?
    Thanks for the fun post!

  2. Wow, that is so awesome!!! That would be so cool to make my own swimsuit, I'll have to look into that; I'm always looking for a more modest but comfortable one that I can wear at the beach. Love it!

    1. Olivia love love this! Super cute and looks comfy. Another alternative to not sewing could be wearing knee length board shorts and a 'surfer shirt. I can't sew so just opted for this route instead.

  3. You're swimwear is always so cute and modest! I love it! I have never sewn my own swimwear before, but I've been wanting to! The only problem is my family doesn't have a pool (in-ground or otherwise), and really no where to swim (don't exactly want to deal with a public swimming pool :P), so there really hasn't been a reason to make my own swimwear. Maybe someday I'll end up needing to make one. We'll see!
    In Christ,
    Purity Leigh

  4. I thought of making my own swimsuit (knee-length) and was wondering where you get your swimsuit material. I have looked around and haven't found anything that I like.

  5. I really like this very much. I have always wished someone made suits like this. It is stylish and cute! I am going to do a blog post soon about modesty, and would love to link your blog to it, if you agree. I applaud you for your stand on modesty. As the women's leader in our congregation, I take it very seriously to teach the younger women this.

  6. Oh wow. I can't say how I L.O.V.E it! Super modest, but such style! Now, I want to start getting a swimsuit! Or making one. Sorry, that's totally me! Great one Olivia!

  7. Cute! The stripes add a fun detail (and a swimsuit should be fun, after all, wot?).

    I recently altered an old swimsuit to become more of a swim-shirt, then bought a pair of Lycra-blend jogging capris at the thrift shop for the bottoms. If I ever post a picture of it on my blog, I'll send you the link so you can see it. πŸ™‚

    God bless,
    ~"Tom Wild Rose"~

  8. I love it!!! I am in the process of trying to learn how to sew. Sort of πŸ˜‰ All that I can really do right now is a lousy job of sewing up holes in my clothes. :-/
    But! With God's help I can improve! ~The words of my younger sister. πŸ˜€

  9. Last year on your sewing blog,you did a post on a swim top you made for your friend Rachel(light blue with white polka dots)
    How many yards of spadix did you use on that one?????

  10. That is the cutest swim suit ever! It is so hard to find mosdest swim suits any where. Really wish i could sew like that.

  11. I absolutely love the purple and white! This is adorable swimwear. You did inspire me to a more modest swimwear so I'm in a rashguard and surf shorts this summer while I teach my five year old to swim. It's still way more fitted than I'd like, but until I have to sew my own it will have to do. Thanks for all the inspirations!

  12. Wow! Very beautiful! I tend to prefer modest clothing as well but specially with swimsuits it's difficult, and I don't know how to sew yet so it will take a while if I ever get to be able to make my own.

    1. I don't go swimming anymore(not a fan of public pools), but when I did,I bought shorts and a shirt from the athletic department and wore a sports bra. They are light weight quick drying material. It's hard to find shorts long enough to be modest, but capris are an option, or men's shorts.

  13. I recently bought your e-book and am looking forward to making my own swimsuit. And I LOVE this one! I have a couple quick questions. What kind of bust support did you use? Where did you get the stretch denim? And how did/do you keep the scoop neckline from gaping?

    Keep on working for the Lord!


    1. Thanks! I just wear a regular bra with this suit because that's how I'm most comfortable. A bikini top works too, but halters hurt my neck. πŸ™‚
      Stretch denim is DNM-044 here: http://spandexhouse.com/products.php?navId=42&navName=Denim
      Unfortunately this particular suit does gape a little. I'm used to watching myself anyway, so it's not a big deal. I may put a drawstring in the neckline binding like my friend did so it's adjustable. πŸ™‚ Hope that answers your questions!

  14. I have a question, in your opinion do you think tankinis are immodest? I know bikinis are too reveling but what about tankinis? I've been wearing them for some time but seeing this swimsuit makes me wonder if the bottoms I wear, like bikini bottoms, are immodest. It IS like underwear..just wanted to know your opinion. Thanks!

    1. I personally would call tankinis immodest unless they had a skirt or shorts that covered your rear and legs enough. πŸ™‚ There's no reason our modesty standards should change just because we are getting wet. πŸ™‚

  15. Hello Olivia,

    I have just come across your blog recently. I absolutely LOVE what you are able to sew. You inspire me! If this is a personal question, no need to answer it: how much would you estimate that this would cost someone to make?

    You inspire me! Thank-you!

    1. Hey! Thanks! The fabric for the swim top cost me about $26, but I have leftovers to use on other suits. The bottoms cost me about $13. Definitely more than I usually spend on clothing, but spandex isn't cheap, and since it lasts for 3+ years, I think it's worth it. Plus I get something I love! πŸ™‚ Hope that answers your question!

    2. Hello Olivia,
      Where do you get your fabric, and how much did you use? Is that all explained in the e-book? Thanks for answering my questions above as well!


    3. I think you bought one, but I'll go ahead and answer your questions. πŸ˜‰ I get my fabric from SpandexHouse.com, I use about a yard for the top and a yard for the bottoms, and it is all explained in the eBook (hopefully) very thoroughly. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your interest!

    4. Hello Olivia,

      Yes, I did. I just couldn't resist! πŸ˜‰ It does look very thorough. I can't wait to dive in! πŸ™‚



  16. It's a cute suit, but don't you think the hole in the back is an eye-trap? Unless you don't swim with boys…which is probably better if girls swim with girls…

  17. I love your swimsuit e-book…bought it last year. I made my sister one (even though she lives about four provinces away! lol)…and made myself one as well. But, since I'm not making my own I have the added bonus of changing it up each year…so this year I took it apart, kept the shorts, though. I made a completely new top and have plans to re-make last year's. I'm very large and prego right now so I love the versatility. And, once baby is born I can just take in the sides and make them fit better. So perfect! Even played around with my own design this year. =)
    Just out of curiosity…what tension settings did you put your serger on to do the few parts you did? I just got a serger and I'm trying to figure it out, but I couldn't get the tension settings right to do the swimsuit material. Thanks!

  18. Olivia,

    Your suit is a dream! I am sad to hear it gapes, maybe you could even sew up a one piece with a high neck for under in a white contrast or something. Even purple if you had more fabric. That would make for hay going to the bathroom…but thats what I did for my daughter's suit. Her suit is so pretty. I will send you a link once I post it on my blog. Because of her tum, while fitting her I noticed that right above the tummy was the best visual line. So the waste is there. Because it doesn't keep the great modesty design you have of security at the hip, we made a one-piece tank underneath. I have a vintage pattern that has awesome coverage on the bum, and then I raised up the under arms using a t-shirt pattern's under arm seam to help me not raise it too high, and then I raised the neck. Plus her neck is a little wider than I'd want for a little girl so the pretty contrasting melon color suit under is quite nice.

    I was wondering if you could talk a bit about your suit. Is that a 3/4 circle skirt or full, it looks full, I like the horizontal stripes rather than verticle, which is slimming and spunky!

    Also, if you could tell us a bit more about those really darling capris, those look new from last year, is that a pattern that you draft with your exact measurements or did you add a little ease? Is that your stretch denim again? Did you put little slits on the sides of the seams, just by not sewing up that entire side seam? I love the capri idea because I think I've got…un-pretty knees. Besides when you sit down it won't ride up shorter! πŸ˜‰

    That first photo of you is posed so well that it could be in a magazine, of course a wholesome one with godly standards and you look strikingly beautiful and refreshingly modest! Thank you Olivia! I've been anticipating to see your suit for the season!

    Now I get to have some fun designing mine this year for a baby bump, so I'll be using the info in your ebook to help me with that! πŸ˜‰ Emily from farmgirlatheart

    1. Thanks for the suggestion! Love hearing about your daughter's suit.
      The skirt on this suit is actually just two straight strips that I pleated onto the shirt for a kind of "tennis skirt" style.
      The capris are what's in my eBook– I'm not sure why, but my pattern draft had a lot of ease around the knees already, so I just extended the pattern to go below my knees. The slit is just not sewing the seam, as you said. I stitched the SA "open" to finish the edges.

      Thanks so much! Blessings!

    2. Thanks Oliva for answering my questions. And to clarify, was that a navy swim material you used on your capris, stretch denim, or does the company that you suggest in your ebook sale a swim material that looks like denim?

      And…tadum…here is the swimsuit I made using your ebook for my daughter! The shorts and top including learning how to make a 3/4 circle skirt, I learned from your book. Also, I love referring back to it and got the idea to make a band between seams on my maternity empired top for this year, pictures to come. http://farmgirl.hazubu.com/?p=3193&preview=true

    3. The material I used was from this page: http://www.spandexhouse.com/products.php?navId=42&navName=Denim
      But I think they've sold out of the exact material I used. The DNM-044 is similar in texture to what I used as far as I can tell. I also used a more real-denim like material (maybe like the DNM-066?)for my above-knee shorts the last suit I made and I loved those just as much, but I'm not sure how that material would do over a bend like the knee. πŸ™‚

      Oh, how adorable!! Your daughter's suit is so well done– love the little details you added! Thank you so much for sharing! Encourages me so much! Blessings!

    4. Oh thank you Olivia for the scoop on your fabric and thanks for the compliment, it makes my day!~ I'll definitely be doing some denim bottoms, but really swim fabric, on a future suit. I am just finishing up my suit and I LOVE your swim bra explanations. Its almost the most fun part. Partly because it really really doesn't have to be perfect, but I don't know it is so spunky to sew. And I got some $3 adorable sun-shades at ebay just now, that paired with a white sun hat it looks smashing. (Its maternity.) I'll use it on my 10 year anniversary next week. And I'll send you pics when I get some, that can take longer because I don't have any very good photographers to shoot me. πŸ˜‰ Then plus I have to take the time to put it on the computer…yada yada.

  19. I have been searching for days trying to find a modest and cute swimsuit. I'm with you on thinking that tankinis truly are not modest. I don't wear low-cut or sleeveless any other time, so why is it okay when I'm in the water. I really hate showing those parts of me. How refreshing to see your sense of style and modesty all in one. I wish more designers would do the same. Thank you. I shall have to buy your e-book.

  20. Hi Olivia!

    We recently purchased your bathing suit ebook. I plan to sew a couple suits with two of my teen daughters. One of my daughters really likes the design of this suit and we'd like to try to copy it. Do you remember if the top was a milliskin shiny or matte? We want to be able to match the top with the plum/white stripe for the skirt. We're also trying to come up with another sailor navy blue and white design for my other daughter. We can't wait to get started.

    Thank you for any help you can offer!

    Adrienne = )

    1. Thanks! The two fabrics I used were "Milliskin matte plum-61" and "ST-241". You should be able to search those on Spandex House.com and find them. My purples don't match exactly, though. Let me know if you have any more questions! Hope that helps!

  21. Don't you want to make these to sell? I would buy one!!! Have been looking everywhere for one that I actually like, but can't find any. I'm totally new to this modest swimwear world. My family & friends will probably think I'm crazy…since they think I'm already "puritan" enough by wearing a one piece with full coverage on the breast…but I don't care, as long as I'm pleasing my LORD and NOT conforming to this wicked culture that seems to be getting worst by the day!!!

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