Memorial day has passed, which means… it’s summer! So get ready to break out the swimsuits, towels and sunscreen, ’cause we’re headed to the pool, beach or lake in no time (if you haven’t already). But instead of facing another season of dreaded swimsuit shopping, consider buying handmade and having a suit made to your exact body specifications. Got some sewing skills? Even better, as you can experiment with making your own! Miss my roundup on last years hot suits? Check those out as well, they’re all still available and as cute as ever!
ONE PIECE BATHING SUIT
Score fabric and a liner at your local fabric store and be on your way to making your own suit like the one pictured above! You’ll just need an old swimsuit to use as a muslin or pattern. Interested in learning more? Check out Lucky and Blissful for full instructions and photos for how to complete an awesome swimsuit! Want to learn about making a suit but not exactly this pattern? There’s another amazing how-to over at BurdaStyle.
BEACH TOWEL BAG
Want to create the easy and fun towel beach bag pictured above? You can watch a video on how to make the bag, plus get full instructions at Martha Stewart.
NEXT: Check out our top ten suits for summer 2013
Black ruffle V neck one piece, also available in a few print options. (Mimi Hammer, $96)
This vintage inspired swim dress offers a slimming silhouette with the use of side shirring. With the twist front detail ruffle hem and keyhole back detail this one piece also evokes a fun 1950′s glam. (Kooj, $99)
Patchwork one piece bustier swimsuit. One of a kind original design. This is a real unique piece and is very flattering to the body. (Kooj, $95)
Lovely tank suit adorned with large bow front. Comes with formed foam swim padding and is fully lined in same fine lycra fabric. Color options: red, white, black, red & white stripe or navy & white stripe. (Amourouse, $145)
Super fun bandeau fringe top with tie dye retro bottoms… not for the faint of heart. (Love Lucy Bea, $95)
Very cute bandeau one piece in a floral fabric. (Mimi Hammer, $105)
All black & white halter style swimsuit with unique and fun opening at the center of the bust. (Meshalo, $85)
Black and white polka dot bikini with citrine lining. (Oyster NYC, $60)
Limited quantity pink/white polka dot one piece with flower print heart. (Mimi Hammer, $105)