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Swimsuit - Tessa - SOUTH 3

Half day Prep Class
Fabric and elastic choices will be discussed. No machines needed. Pattern choices and bust support options will be discussed. Pattern measurements will be taken and adjustments will be made according to options discussed. Bring your original pattern; trace the size you think you are but do not cut the pattern in case we need alterations.

Swimsuit pattern must match your skill level. Confident beginners should try a simple one piece with shelf bra, bikini or tankini. Intermediate sewers can try a more styled pattern with swim bra cups inserted; Advanced sewers who have an existing, already fitted bra pattern can incorporate that to their swimsuit. NO bra fitting will be done in this class.

There are many online pattern vendors that you can search to find one to match your skill level, style and size range requirements.
Here are a few options.
Megan Nielsen
Closet Core
Pinup Girls

*Measuring tape
*Paper scissors
*Pattern tracing paper e.g. medical paper OR *Swedish tracing paper
*Ruler, *Fashion/
*French curve Pen,
*Mechanical pencil, coloured pencils, eraser, Scotch Tape

You must be familiar with your sewing machine and serger before class and all should be in good working order.
Sewing machine: with zigzag for basting, sewing and double needle finishing
Serger (optional) for assembly sewing
Coverstitch machine (optional) (or serger/coverstitch combo): for elastic edge finishing

For all machines bring foot control, power cord, presser feet and manual.

Marshall Fabrics (discount card available on registration)
Spandex nylon swimsuit fabrics with 60-70% stretch in both directions and good recovery
Swimsuit Lining fabrics with 60-70% stretch in both directions and good recovery

  • Fabric stretch and meterage according to pattern requirements.
  • Trims according to pattern requirements
  • Gutermann all purpose poyester thread to match the fabric.
  • *Wonderfil Rinse ‘n Gone thread (optional) for basting
  • Swimsuit elastic (optional)– Filpar
  • Swimsuit cups (optional)

Instructor: Tessa Elston

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Included Materials



This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.