Adding a Powernet Panel


I recently tested the Oasis swimsuit by Ellie and Mac, it has a halter top with a strappy back and two rise options for the bottoms. I hacked the suit a couple different ways, adding a powernet panel to the center front, withholding the leg elastic, and adding a band to the top of the bottoms instead of the elastic.

I lined the whole front with powernet, thanks to my 2 under 2 I need all the help I can get these days. Haha So…

  1. I cut out two full front bodice pieces, one from the leopard and one from the black powernet.
  2. Then I chopped the leopard down the center so it was two pieces.
  3. From there I measured out an inch from the center on each piece of the leopard and cut off that fabric. The top gives the illusion that I only used the powernet to do the center panel but hacking it to be able to use powernet in the whole top gives SO MUCH support. Did you see my cleavage? You might have to really look but it is there thanks to the powernet LOL. I haven’t had cleavage since 2015.
  4. Alright so after you have trimmed down your leopard I folded that center seam under a half inch and clipped. You can do your opening as big or small as your comfortable with. I have a pretty wide back so the 3 inch opening in the front wasn’t a lot for my stature.
  5. I then laid the leopard pieces on top of the powernet piece on their respective sides basted around the outsides edges to make one piece.
  6. The last step is to top stitch the leopard to the powernet where you previously fold it under and you’re done!

You could do this hack with any of the colors of powernet or techsheen which means the possibilities are basically limitless!

Welcome to Swim Week

Posted by Mary Kaye Cole

Welcome to Swim Week at Phee Fabrics! We’re so excited you’re here; we have lots of fun things in store for you! So grab your pool chair, a towel and a pina colada, dip those toes in the pool (or lake or ocean) and start dreaming about your next gorgeous swimsuit made with Phee Fabrics for you and/or your children!

Let’s get this celebration started with a one-day SALE on the Navy and White Matte Stripes  – no coupon needed. I’m using the stripes to make my granddaughters coordinating Mairin swimsuits by Sew A Little Seam. I’m also using the Coral Nylon Spandex Tricot  as an accent, but many of the Nylon Spandex Solids would be a perfect coordinate!

Check back each day during Swim Week to find out which item we have on sale that day!

So besides a good sale, what else is in store this week? We’ll have several guest bloggers here on the website and guest videographers in the Phee Fabrics Sew Along Facebook Group  sharing their swimsuit makes, fabric info, hacks, tips and tricks, etc. We’ll also have lots of seamstresses posting their gorgeous suits and accessories in the Phee Fabrics Facebook Group . You’ll see swimsuits from Jalie, Sew A Little Seam, 5 out of 4, Swim Style and many others. You’ll see our Leaf Matte Nylon Spandex, our Leopard Print Nylon Spandex, our Circular Knits and lots of other beautiful swim fabrics on an array of bathing beauties (and beaus)!

Want to get involved and win some fabric? At the conclusion of Swim Week, we’ll announce a Swimwear Contest.

So get that fabric ordered, join the Phee Fabrics Facebook Group and Phee Fabrics Sew Along Facebook Group if you haven’t already, check out all the swimwear we have to show you this week, then start planning the best swimsuit you’ll ever make!

Happy Sewing!

Mary Kaye