Ipswich Swimsuit

  • Ipswich Swimsuit PDF pattern
  • Ipswich Swimsuit PDF pattern
  • Ipswich Swimsuit PDF pattern
  • Ipswich Swimsuit PDF pattern
  • Ipswich Swimsuit PDF pattern
  • Ipswich Swimsuit PDF pattern
  • Ipswich Swimsuit PDF pattern
  • Ipswich Swimsuit PDF pattern
  • Ipswich Swimsuit PDF pattern
  • Ipswich Swimsuit PDF pattern
  • Ipswich Swimsuit PDF pattern
  • Ipswich Swimsuit PDF pattern
  • Ipswich Swimsuit PDF pattern
  • Ipswich Swimsuit PDF pattern

Ipswich Swimsuit

from $14

Soak up the sun in the Ipswich Swimsuit! This modern pattern has two cleverly color-blocked variations: a one-piece swimsuit with a contrast waistband or a high-waisted bikini with piping detail. Both suits feature supportive straps, and an optional underwired foam swim bra and boning, so that you're comfortable lounging by the pool or playing volleyball on your favorite beach. Mix prints and colors for a swimsuit that celebrates your body and your creativity. 

Interested in making a tankini version of the Ipswich Swimsuit? A free expansion pack is available here

SEWING LEVEL: Intermediate

SIZING: 12 to 28, with cup sizes C - H. 

RECOMMENDED FABRIC: Swimsuit lycra/spandex, with 4-way stretch (at least 50% in both directions), swimsuit lining with 4-way stretch (at least 50% in both directional), optional contrast swimsuit/spandex for piping (View B). 

NOTIONS: 

All Views

  • Stretch needle, polyester thread
View A (One-piece)
  • 5 yards (4.5 m) of ¼” – ⅜” (0.6 – 1 cm) rubber/swimwear elastic
  • 2 yards (1.8 m) of ½” – ⅝” (1.25 – 1.5 cm) bra strapping (or firm elastic)
  • 1 swimwear closure or S Hook (1” / 2.5 cm)

View B (Bikini)

  • 6 yards (5.5 m) of ¼” –⅜” (0.6 – 1 cm) rubber/swimwear elastic
  • 2 yards (1.8 m) of ½” – ⅝” (1.25 – 1.5 cm) bra strapping (or firm elastic)
  • 2 swimwear closures or S Hooks (1” / 2.5 cm)

Optional Swim Bra

  • 1 yard (0.9 m) of ⅝” (1.5 cm) wide Fold Over Elastic
  • 1 yard (0.9 m) of ¼” (6 mm) stay tape
  • ⅜ yard (35 cm) swim cup foam (45” / 115 cm wide)
  • ¼ yd (15 cm) of stable bra lining, like Duoplex (45” / 115 cm wide)
  • ⅜ yard (35 cm) of power mesh (45” / 115 cm wide)
  • 1 yard (0.9 m) of underwire channeling
  • 1 set of regular length underwires (coated steel or plastic)

Optional boning: 

  • ⅓ yard (28 cm) of pre-covered ¼” (6 mm) plastic boning, or ⅓ yard (28 cm) plastic boning plus ⅓ yard (28 cm) channeling.

USE THE DROPDOWN MENU ABOVE TO ORDER EITHER A PRINTED PATTERN, WHICH WILL BE MAILED TO YOUR ADDRESS, OR A PDF PATTERN, WHICH CAN BE DOWNLOADED.

PDF PATTERN:

The PDF comes in three files (one for each bust size), so you only need to print your size. You'll receive files to print at home or at a copy shop. Files are delivered as a .zip file which can be downloaded on a computer, but not on a mobile device. The Ipswich Swimsuit comes as a layered PDF. For more on PDFs, see the FAQs

Instructions: 27 pages (4MB) 

Pattern pieces (for each cup size):  28 pages (0.5 MB each) 

Copy shop (A0 or US 36" x 48" size):  2 pages for each (0.5 MB each)

Customer Reviews

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A.L.
Perfect for cruise

I needed a new swimsuit that would look nice and hold up well for snorkeling and swimming on a cruise to the Caribbean. I bought the Ipswitch kit and sewed it up in a weekend. The suit fits very well - I made a 14 G/H.

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S.
Fun pattern

I really enjoyed making this pattern. The thought of making my own swimsuit seemed impossible but having a pattern *somewhere* close to my personal measurements made it seem doable. I had to blend between three sizes - which over the number of pieces this pattern has wasn't a small task but I'm really pleased with the finished product. Although I also ended up hacking the pattern to make a more streamlined one piece by merging most of the back and front pieces. Two small issues with the instructions - the pattern didn't relate which bits I could leave out for the optional bra (this would have been really useful at the start of the instructions) and I also found the steps covering how the scoop under the bra strap was finished really confusing. I thought the finish on the inside could have been a bit more concealed - so I plan on figuring out something for the next version. Looking forward to making it again (this time with the bra - which is a whole other world of pushing my sewing skills!). And really happy I purchased the pattern - thank you!

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H.
Sewing magic!

I bought the pattern and a kit when they were first released. When I saw the forecast for my vacation week I knew I needed to buckle down and make the suit.

I was a bit overwhelmed when tracing off the pieces and cutting out the pattern - 20 pieces, some little and big. The instructions in the booklet were clear and detailed. It came together easier than I thought it would. The grading tips on the website was so incredibly helpful. Trust the size charts on the pattern packet.

The swim bra as drafted was too big for me. I ended up omitting it in the final suit. I think I will use the shelf bra tutorial in my next suit and there will be more.

I tried it on after I took it off my machine and took myself to the beach. The design is really flattering and holds all my rolls in. It will be great for the beach and swimming laps in the pool. Thanks for the magic. A really well designed suit.

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A.K.
Great Pattern and support, still a challenge

Making my own bathing suit always seemed like such a challenging thing to do. But when I saw this pattern and the online class to support it I decided this made it possible to try. And try I did. The pattern is awesome, the tutorials online are amazing, really exceptional. Unfortunately the suit was not, I took it apart and tweaked it according to the fitting tips and it just never fit right. It has been sewn and re-sewn probably 10 times and it sits unworn on my sewing table. I just could never get the fit right. My conclusion on that is bathing suits are hard. This pattern and the tutorials make a great effort to get you there, but just fall a bit short in the end.

Hi Amber - I'm sorry you haven't nailed the fit of the Ipswich yet - making an underwired swimsuit is definitely an intermediate project! If you email us photos to hello@cashmerette.com we can give you personalized advice until you're happy with the fit.
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C.L.
Love it

Best fitting swimsuit ever. I thought it was a bit overwhelming with so many pieces, but really it was easy and fast to make. The "hidden" bra is a definitely plus. I will make a couple more before the summer is over.