Modest Swimsuit Sewing Patterns

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The McCall Pattern Company headquarters in New York

Headquarted in New York City with additional offices in Kansas, Canada, England and Australia, The McCall Pattern Company is one of the largest home sewing pattern manufacturers in the world. McCall also offers pattern printing services to independent patternmakers. McCall retails several brands, all with modest options.

Sewing Patterns directory website for many pattern brands

The mega-retailer of sewing patterns online, sells most pattern brands, including independent ones, often with promotional sales. This site is quick to navigate, though links are not always updated, and many of the featured brands offer a larger selection of patterns on their home sites than are available through However, a few brands use this site as their exclusive online pattern outlet for North America.

You Can Sew! DVD Set from Modesty Matterns

Using 65 video lessons, a textbook and printable patterns on DVD and CD, the You Can Sew! kit leads beginning sewers from a basic to intermediate sewing level. Some tutorials are available for individual purchase and include modern and vintage dresses, skirts, a split skirt, accessories and swim dresses.

Simply Modest Swimwear Patterns

Make your own modest swimwear with patterns directly from one of the larger modest swimwear companies.

Quick Stitches Swimwear and Culotte Patterns

These swimwear and culottes patterns are among the few like this that you will find from any pattern company. The culottes are available as a pattern or as ready-to-wear.

Jalie Patterns figure skating dresses for swimwear

Adapt a Jalie figure skating or gymnastics skirted leotard pattern for making a modest swimsuit.

Past Patterns Bathing Suit Circa 1922

This pattern offers yet another creative idea for a modest swimming outfit.

Patterns of Time Swimming Suit

Make your own historic swimming outfit with these patterns. Search for "swimming" on the site, or follow these links:

Fresh Modesty: Creating Custom Swimwear

Tutorial downloads provide instructions for drafting a four-piece swimwear ensemble according to your measurements (including maternity) and sewing with Spandex fabrics. Author Olivia Howard provides detailed drawings and photos to show how the shirt, skirt, bra and shorts can easily be sewn to fit, even for beginning seamstresses. A similar tutorial is available for sewing long denim skirts.

The Green Pepper activewear patterns including an ice skating dress

This company produces activewear patterns, including an ice skating dress and skirted leotard pattern that may be adapted for modest swimwear. McCall Pattern Company is also an online distributor of The Green Pepper patterns.