Margaree Swimsuit

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Margaree is a swimsuit designed with simplicity and comfort in mind.  The tank-style top has a high banded neckline with a hint of a halter look, and the full coverage bottoms make this a great swim set for all kind of beach play and water sports as well as skating, tennis, or gymnastics!  The addition of the skirt to either of the bottoms add another fun element, and an optional shelf bra is included for the tankini in the upper size range.

Recommended Skill Level - Beginner-Intermediate - Experience sewing with stretch fabrics is recommended.

Seam allowance is 3/8"(1cm) unless stated otherwise in the pattern, and is included in all measurements.

Required Supplies: sewing machine, stretch needle, 3/4" elastic for waistband and for the bikini or optional shelf bra, ballpoint pins or wonder clips, scissors and/or rotary cutter, measuring tape and/or cutting mat & ruler.
Suggested Fabric: Swim knit with minimum 60% stretch (fabric content 18%-20% spandex/Lycra) & swim lining.  


Included in the pattern:
  • EXTENDED SIZES!  Size range includes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, A, B, C, D (tween/teen sizes).
  • Cutting charts & pattern pieces for all rectangular parts.
  • Easy to assemble pattern pieces.
  • Clear and efficiently nested pattern pieces, color coded by size.  All colors also print clearly in black ink.
  • No layers (individual size printing) on print-at-home or Large Format; Layers ARE included on Projector Files.
  • All measurements in both metric and imperial
  • Sizing guide including body measurements to help obtain the proper fit for the child. 
  • Specific instructions on customizing & blending sizes.
  • Line drawings showing all options.
  • Interactive table of contents, for reference and ease of use on digital devices.
  • Fabric requirements for all parts.
  • Supplies and suggested fabrics list.
  • Full color photo tutorial with written (English only) details for each step.
  • Hints and tips throughout the tutorial.
  • Summary of steps for quick reference.
  • Modeled photos showing the finished options.

Purchase also includes AO Large Format PDF for copy shop printing, and Projector optimized file.  Print-at-home and Large Format files have nested pattern pieces (no layers); Projector file has layers (ability to turn on and off individual projected sizes), optional "unfold" layer for Cut-on-Fold pattern pieces, & inverted black-background section which also includes mirrored pattern pieces.

NOTE: This product is a sewing pattern, not a completed garment.

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  • 5
    Great versatile pattern

    Posted by Cheryl on 2023 Aug 7th

    Made the skirted bottoms in both lengths. Made one pair fully lined and one pair with lined gusset. Found the instructions well written . They fit well and my granddaughters love them.

  • 5
    Great pattern

    Posted by Carol KITE on 2023 Aug 5th

    Love the opportunity to combine different elements for a variety of outfits . Great instructions and quick to make. Heidi adds tips to the construction to ensure a great finish.

Margaree is a Canadian Heritage River located in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.  It is the largest watershed in Cape Breton, and a well-known fishery for trout and Atlantic Salmon.  Flowing through the rolling hills of the Highlands, steep-sided pastural valleys with quaint villages, and a scattering of beaches, Margaree is a beautiful river for paddlers.  


Known as ‘Weekuch’, this river was a source of both food and trade for the original inhabitants, the Mi’kmaq.  Later home to French and Acadian settlers followed by Scottish, Irish, and English immigrants, today the descendants of all these people groups still continue fishing, farming, and logging the area.