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Honey Bee Swimsuit by Annelaine Patterns

Are you afraid of sewing a swimsuit? I kind of was, although I did see the potential of sewing your own swimsuit (well for our girls at least). So when I saw a tester call for a super cute swimsuit, I jumped on the challenge and applied.


The Honey Bee Swimsuit/Leotard* by Annelaine Patterns is a one piece swimsuit/leotard. What I love about the swimsuit are the straps on the back, although you can also omit these if you like (the straps will stay up). In total there are six straps, but you can add as many or few as you like. The fit of the swimsuit is perfect and comes in sizes 6M – 24M (babies) and 2 – 20. You can choose whether to sew in elastic in the arms or legs or add bands. Additionally, you can line the swimsuit or leotard or make an unlined version.

Since I did not have any swimsuit fabric at home, (so much fabric in my stash, but not any swimsuit fabric), meant I had to do some shopping. I sewed two during testing, but I am only showing you the final version at the moment. For this final version I used actual swimsuit fabric. For the first version I used lycra. There is definitely a difference when sewing lycra or swimsuit fabric. Lycra is not a favorite of mine.

I made a size 4 swimsuit and lined it with swimsuit lining. I think the swimsuit just looks nicer when it is lined and I hope that it will make the swimsuits last longer. I also used elastic in both the arms and legs. After sewing a swimsuit for the first time, I know I will make more in the future for sure. It is not as difficult as I expected and it is just great to create your own swimsuit. The only challenge is finding great swimsuit fabric.

The Honey Bee is now on sale until next Friday July 6th with a 40% discount, no code needed, for ($4.80).

Fabric: Swimsuit fabric from Lingeriestoffen (great store to buy all your swimsuit necessities, they only have a limited amount of swim fabric with print, but have all the elastic, lining and other haberdasheries you need for sewing swimsuits or bikinis). The pick lycra from the back comes from Karteris
Pattern: Honey Bee Swimsuit/Leotard by Annelaine Patterns

Fabric in 2018: this week 2 in – 2 out (2018: bought 29 – used 41 fabric – used 2 gifted fabric – used 4 scrap pieces of fabric) – in total 29 in 47 out

* Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, the price for you will be the same. Thank you for supporting my fabric and pattern addiction!

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