Sew Swimwear in a Weekend – with Ali

From: £160.00

Scared of stretch? Not Ali!
Learn how to handle ‘shifty’ swimwear fabric and make yourself a swimsuit!

This is a 2 day – weekend short course. Get you up to stretch with sewing super swimwear with Ali.

The two sessions are 5 hours long – with a 30 minute lunch break on both days

This pattern can of course be replicated with a lovely cotton jersey for everyday comfy boobs and bums, or sparkle the night away turning it into festival wear!

We will be using the Sandpiper Swimwear pattern by Helens Closet.

Choose high-waisted or low-rise bottoms and mix and match them with thetop. View A features a band finish on the top and bottoms and view B features a wider band on the top and an elastic finish on the bottoms. The neck, arm, and leg openings are all finished using swimwear elastic. Sandpiper is quick to make and a great option for people who are sewing their first ever swimsuit

Saturday 25th May – Learn about the whats and whys of stretch fabric. How to sew with the correct needles and threads and elastics. Cut your pattern and powermesh linings and start sewing.

Sunday 26th May – Finish sewing your new slippy swimmers, try em on, and jump in our shower for lols.

  • MT will provide – Paper, pencils, tools and notions. Sewing machines threads etc. Swim safe mesh lining in black and beige, a selection of elastics and powernet for extra support if needed in the top area.
  • You will need to bring – A notebook, Pattern range is Bust 0 – 34 You will need approx 1.3 metres of fabric
  • Ideal fabrics include – Swimwear stretch knits with at least 50% stretch horizontally and vertically. Look for nylon or polyester knits with high spandex content. You can find chlorine resistant fabrics for swimming pools and fabrics with a UPF rating over 30 for sun safety. Or purchase a cotton jersey ( with similar qualities) for a somewhat easier first attempt.

Take a look at New Craft House, Fabric Godmother, Minerva, Poppy Bear Fabrics.

This course is suitable for sewers with a little experience in sewing commercial patterns. If you are unsure, just holla x

This is a gender and body inclusive class – if anyone needs alterations to the pattern to make it accessible, a different size or for gender affirming changes, get in touch before hand and Ali will draft up what you need.

20% off for MT Members x


Will this class be suitable for me?

Could be?  You don’t need to be an expert but you need to be comfortable in basic construction.

Ali will take their time in helping you understand what you are doing and why. Keen attitudes all welcome!

Can I cancel my booking?

Absolutely. You are welcome to log into your account and cancel your booking for a full refund. You have up to 7 days before the start date to do this. After this period, all bookings are final.

What if I can't make a session?

You won’t complete the swimwear! Please ensure you are able to make all both dates before booking. Missing a session will mean you will fall behind and we may not be able to catch you up, as this becomes disruptive to the rest of the group.


What happens if I don't finish in the 2 sessions?

You probably won’t. Thats ok, all projects take different lengths of time for different people. You will be able to make a start on your garment, and you can finish this at home, or book some sewing time at MT to complete your garments.

What is the minimum age to attend?

We are happy to host well behaved people 18+ we need attentive and focussed students, we have a lot to get through x

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