Spandex Simplified: Custom Swimwear by Marie PorterSpandex Simplified: Custom Swimwear by Marie Porter

Spandex Simplified: Custom Swimwear

byMarie PorterPhotographed byMichael Porter

Paperback | April 2, 2014

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Custom Swimwear is the sixth title in Marie Porter's Spandex Simplified series, and is all about designing and creating flattering, comfortable, and durable swimwear.
This sewing manual is written from the experience of not only a spandex designer, but a former "performance" athlete. Written in layman terms,  Custom Swimwear  features carefully explained, step-by-step instructions and more than 250 full colour photos and diagrams. Requiring only basic sewing knowledge to get started, beginner and advanced seamstresses alike can enjoy using this book... and produce spectacular results from it.

Learn how to design swimsuits that flatter any body type and how to alter patterns for shape, size, and style. Learn the tips, tricks, and techniques to make many of the design elements that can be used to design and create almost any style of swimsuit imaginable!


Please note: As spandex patterning and sewing techniques are largely the same across many styles of costuming, a large portion of each Sewing with Spandex title is the same/similar to the other Sewing with Spandex titles.   We recommend consulting the Table of Contents for each book you’re considering:

 Basic Principals of Swimwear Design

- Figure Flaw Camouflage
- Proper Fit
- Designing for YOU
- Functionality
- Colour Theory
- Unity
- Selecting Fabrics

Pattern Alterations

- Measuring
- Using a Pattern
- Sizing a Pattern
- Adding & removing Length
- Adjusting Curve of the Back
- Adjusting the Butt Length
- Altering Leg Openings
- Adjusting the Skirt Line
- Ruching
- Base Pattern Alteration Final Notes

Sewing Techniques

- In the Beginning
- Cutting the Fabric
- Seams
- Elastic Application
- Thread Colour Selection
- Colour Blocking
- Applique
- Lining
- Piping
- Making Straps
- Making Strings
- Closures - Contrasting Elastic Binding
- Hems
- Ruffles
- "Scrunch Butt"

Suit Assembly

- Basic order of Operations
- Skirted Suit
- Basic String Bikini
- Basic Strappy Bottom
- Underwire Tops

Style Techniques

- Backs and Necklines
- Skirted Designs
- Monokinis


- Getting Started
- Hand Painting
- Foil Embossing
- Crystals


- Scrunchies
- Sarong Skirts

Proper Care of Swimwear


Note Pages

Marie Porter began sewing spandex costumes as a way to finance her figure skating training, starting at age 11. By the time she took an extended break from the fashion industry at the ripe old age of 25, she had created stretchy works of art for various entertainers, Olympic athletes, the Canadian national synchro swimteam, WWE wrestl...
Title:Spandex Simplified: Custom SwimwearFormat:PaperbackDimensions:142 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.39 inPublished:April 2, 2014Publisher:Celebration GenerationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:098500360X

ISBN - 13:9780985003609


Table of Contents

Basic Principals of Swimwear Design- Figure Flaw Camouflage- Proper Fit- Designing for YOU- Functionality- Colour Theory- Unity- Selecting FabricsPattern Alterations- Measuring- Using a Pattern- Sizing a Pattern- Adding & removing Length- Adjusting Curve of the Back- Adjusting the Butt Length- Altering Leg Openings- Adjusting the Skirt Line- Ruching- Base Pattern Alteration Final NotesSewing Techniques- In the Beginning- Cutting the Fabric- Seams- Elastic Application- Thread Colour Selection- Colour Blocking- Applique- Lining- Piping- Making Straps- Making Strings- Closures - Contrasting Elastic Binding- Hems- Ruffles- "Scrunch Butt"Suit Assembly- Basic order of Operations- Skirted Suit- Basic String Bikini- Basic Strappy Bottom- Underwire Tops Style Techniques- Backs and Necklines- Skirted Designs- MonokinisEmbellishments- Getting Started- Hand Painting- Foil Embossing- Crystals Accessories- Scrunchies- Sarong SkirtsProper Care of SwimwearResourcesNote Pages