Summer days

I keep going back to this classic racer back swimsuit (Kwik Sew 2962) because it’s a great fit using Funki Fabrics mermaid scale print. I’ve also used Funk Fabrics lining too as it’s supportive.

These new mermaid scale bathers uses this classic racerback pattern. 

This pattern has built-in bust support using Funk Fabrics lining and I’ve adjusted the back curves to fit my curves. Kwik Sew 2969 has built-in support.

My littlest niece took this picture so we were giggling out heads off at the time. Gosh it was good to cool off on a scorching hot Sunday.

front view close up

We’re headed for a scorching Summer and I think we’ve got our beach gear sorted this year. Let’s hope our tropical afternoon thunderstorms ease off a bit.

Close up racer back view and you can see the built-in shelf using the lining fabric.
You can see I fully lined the front. 
This work in progress view shows all the seam sewing needed before you add the elastic.

Thanks Funki Fabrics.

These rolls of elastic are quickly being whittled away with the amount of activewear sewing I’ve been up to for Summer. Elastic is the main notion for swimwear.
The pink was the first version I made a long time ago so you can see this is a great pattern.

This floral version uses locally bought fabric which works fine but it reinforces the lovely softness and good support the fabric produced by Funki Fabrics.

It was nice to hide behind Mr V with this Stormset rashie after a dip in the pool.

About the fabrics 

Funki Fabrics are a polyester print base and they are also: 

  • Ulta chlorine resistant
  • Pilling resistant
  • Shape retention
  • Two way stretch 
  • UV protective

The shape retention is the key feature I love (supportive fabric) and because our Australian Summers are so harsh, the UV protection is a bonus. Mr V burns so easily so his rashie is tops.

Thanks again Funki Fabrics. These fabrics work really well on the swimsuit patterns.

If you’re seriously considering sewing your own activewear, read Susan’s activewear post that she wrote earlier this year. Her sewing industry knowledge is priceless.


  1. These are so great! It's the start of winter here but that's always when I want to sew swimwear. I may have to find this pattern, I love KS swim patterns!


  2. They look so good Maria. I have that pattern (bought from the op shop) and I do laps so I should have a go. I didn't realise that it had the shelf bra so I will have to really try. I make some of my son's togs but I need practice in that pesky elastic for mine.


  3. Wow Maria, they look great! You've inspired me to try my hand at making my own as I can never find any RTW ones that I like. Great job.


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