Online Class

Sewing Swimsuits: The Supportive One-Piece

$39.99$49.99

Sew swimwear that fits better than ready-to-wear! Learn techniques for working with swimwear fabric, adding supportive cups, shaping seams and more.

Skill Level

Intermediate

What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Beverly Johnson
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Learn how to sew a one-piece swimsuit that's comfortable and flattering with sewing expert Beverly Johnson. You'll begin by discovering how to choose your pattern and fabric before making custom length and width adjustments. Beverly will show you how to construct a supportive bust with pre-formed foam cups or a built-in bra. You'll even learn how to adapt your own bra pattern for your swimsuit if you choose the built-in bra option. Next, you'll pull your suit pieces and lining together and create flattering curves whether you sew a suit with princess seams or a tank-style (maillot) design. Beverly will also help you modify the leg curve to suit your shape and add elastic to leg openings, neckline and armholes. Then, find out how to insert a built-in bra and finish your one-piece. Finally, Beverly will show you how to use stylish color-blocking designs in your swimwear and troubleshoot common fit issues.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Fit & Fabric
33:20
Meet swimwear sewing expert Beverly Johnson! You'll begin class by taking four key measurements, choosing a pattern for your one-piece suit, making fit modifications and learning how to draft a bra-style back if desired. Then, you'll see how to choose swimwear fabric and get tips for layout and cutting.
2. Interior Bra With Pre-Formed Cups
23:07
3. Interior Built-In Bra
31:59
4. Constructing the Suit
26:11
5. Completing the Suit
22:07
6. Fit Adjustments & Color Blocking
21:33

Recommended with this class

  • Swimwear elastic
  • Swimwear clicker or g-hook for suit with a bra back
  • Foam cups and underwires for foam-cup bra option

Taught by

Beverly Johnson
Beverly Johnson
After years of sewing her own dance costumes and swimwear, Beverly Johnson began teaching bra making in 1995. She has shared her immense knowledge of techniques for sewing bras, swimwear and intimate apparel ever since. Beverly is the owner of Bra-Makers Supply, which carries specialty patterns, fabric and findings. Her books include "Make and Fit Swimwear" and two volumes of "The Bra-Maker's Manual," which have become textbooks in some fashion schools.

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