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Can Crepe fabric be used for bathing suits?

Hey everyone,

I am in a dilemma and cannot seem to decide whether I should use crepe fabric for my upcoming bathing suit project or not. I have been doing some research, and it appears that crepe is generally used for dresses, blouses, and skirts, but I am not sure about using it for a bathing suit.

I am a fashion student, and I want to experiment with different fabrics and textures for my swimwear project. I am particularly drawn to crepe because of its lightweight and flowy nature, which I think will work well for a beachy aesthetic.

However, I am concerned about crepe's absorbent nature and whether it will be able to hold up to extended exposure to water and sunlight. I also worry that it may not be as stretchy as other swimwear fabrics and could result in a lack of comfort and flexibility.

Has anyone tried using crepe fabric for a bathing suit before? If so, how did it turn out, and were there any drawbacks? I would love to receive some advice and feedback before making a final decision. Thank you in advance!

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Hey there,

I've used crepe fabric for many projects before, but I have never tried using it for a bathing suit. However, my concern with crepe fabric for swimwear is that it may not have the appropriate properties that are suitable for use in water.

As we all know, swimwear is exposed to a lot of water and sunlight, and it is essential that it is durable enough to withstand it all. Although crepe fabric drapes well and has a soft feel, it may not be the best choice for swimwear because it is more absorbent than other fabrics such as nylon or spandex.

Ultimately, I believe that testing out a small swatch of crepe fabric in water before committing to using it for swimwear is best. This will give you an idea of how the fabric behaves in water, whether it could be comfortable and durable enough to wear as swimwear, or whether you should opt for more practical options.

Good luck in your project!


Hi there!

I've actually used crepe fabric for a bathing suit project in the past, and I have to say, I was not entirely happy with the results. While it did create a lovely, flowy effect, it was not very practical in terms of its water absorption and stretching ability.

The crepe fabric felt much heavier and clung to the body after it got wet, and I felt like I had to keep pulling it down to make sure it didn't ride up. It also didn't have as much stretch as other swimwear fabrics, so it didn't offer as much flexibility and support, which was a bit disappointing.

Overall, I wouldn't recommend using crepe fabric for a bathing suit, especially if you plan on actually swimming in it. There are much better options out there that are specifically designed for swimwear and will ensure both comfort and practicality.

Hope that helps!


Hey everyone,

I used crepe fabric for a bathing suit once, and it was an interesting experience. The color of the suit looked vibrant and eye-catching, and I loved the way the fabric draped over my body on the beach. I received a lot of compliments on the suit!

However, the crepe fabric did not hold up well during my swim. It soaked water up quickly and took quite a bit to dry off. Also, the fabric tended to stick to my body when wet, which was uncomfortable. I ended up having to change into a different suit halfway through the day.

Overall, I would say using crepe fabric for a bathing suit is doable, but it wouldn't be my first choice. If you are set on using crepe for your project, I highly suggest doing a test run in a pool or the ocean to see how it reacts to water.



I did use crepe fabric for my bathing suit project once, and it actually turned out quite well. Admittedly, I was hesitant at first as crepe is not the most common fabric for swimwear. However, I went ahead anyway, and I have to say the results were stunning.

The way crepe fabric drapes around the body is beautiful and adds a unique touch to the overall swimwear design. In terms of comfort, the weight of the crepe fabric was actually helpful in keeping the suit from riding up when I got out of the water.

As for the concern of crepe not holding up well in the water, I did not experience any problems when I tested the suit in the pool. It dried quickly and did not get weighed down.

That being said, I do think it's essential to choose the right type of crepe. I opted for a swimsuit crepe fabric that had a bit of stretch to ensure both comfort and flexibility.

In conclusion, I think it's possible to use crepe fabric for a bathing suit, as long as you take into consideration factors such as weight, stretch, and drape. It's always essential to test out a small swatch to see how the fabric reacts to water before investing in your project materials.


Hi there,

I've never used crepe fabric for a swimsuit before, so I can't speak on that specifically. However, I have used a similar fabric called chiffon for a beach cover-up project, and it was not the best decision.

Similar to crepe, chiffon is a delicate fabric that is not specifically designed for swimwear. While it looked beautiful on the beach, it was not functional at all. It got soaked up quickly, became heavy and clung to my body in unflattering ways.

Based on my experience with chiffon, I can only imagine that crepe would react similarly or worse given its absorbent nature. I would recommend sticking to fabrics that are designed specifically for swimwear to ensure you get the best results.

Hope that helps!


Hey there,

I've never used crepe fabric for a bathing suit, but as a professional seamstress, I can say that it is not the best choice for swimwear.

Crepe fabric is a lightweight fabric that is typically used for dresses, blouses, and skirts. It has a lot of drape and flow, but it's not stretchy and can be quite absorbent. And when it gets wet, it has a tendency to cling to the body, which can cause discomfort and even become embarrassing.

In addition, crepe fabric is not generally treated with chemicals that protect against UV rays or chlorine. So if you expose it to the sun or pool frequently, the color may fade or change, and the fabric may become damaged and lose its shape.

If you're looking for a fabric to use for a bathing suit, there are much better options out there that are designed specifically for swimwear. You want a fabric that is stretchy, lightweight, quick-drying, and resistant to chlorine and UV rays.

In conclusion, while crepe fabric can create stunning swimwear designs, it may not be the best choice for practicality reasons. Ultimately, the choice is up to you, but I'd suggest going for a dedicated swimwear fabric for more reliable and lasting results.


Hi all,

I think that crepe fabric can make a beautiful and unique bathing suit, but it does come with some disadvantages.

I've used crepe fabric for swimwear before, and while the design was eye-catching, the fabric took a while to dry and didn't hold its shape well. Also, crepe fabric has less stretch than other fabrics such as nylon, which may cause discomfort and lack flexibility.

However, there are ways to work around these drawbacks. One way to go about it is to line the crepe fabric with a more functional material such as nylon or even cotton. Lining can help reduce crepe's water absorption, increase the durability of the swimsuit, and make it more comfortable to wear.

Furthermore, choosing a crepe fabric that has specific properties that mimic those of swimwear fabric such as UV-resistance and water repellency could also work.

No matter the precautions taken, I think it is pertinent to experiment with a small swatch of the crepe fabric and water to test its absorbency and stability before making the final swimsuit.

Overall, while crepe fabric has its limitations for swimwear, it can undoubtedly be used to create a unique swimwear design as long as one keeps in mind the fabric's limitations and compensates for it as much as possible.


Hello everyone!

I used crepe fabric for a bathing suit project once, and while it looked great, it really wasn't that practical to wear. The fabric got heavy and clung to my body when it got wet, which made moving around difficult. Additionally, it didn't dry quickly, so it seemed like it took forever for me to get comfortable again after getting out of the pool.

I learned the hard way that it's essential to use functional and practical fabrics for swimwear. Nylon, spandex, and other swimwear-specific fabrics are designed to stretch, dry quickly, and resist the effects of water, chlorine, and UV rays.

While crepe fabric is beautiful and can be used to make a stunning swimsuit, I would not recommend it for practical reasons. If you're looking to make a beautiful and unique swimsuit, you could use crepe as a cover-up or create a detachable skirt. That way, you can still enjoy the flowy look that crepe offers without compromising on practicality.

I hope this helps, and good luck with your project!

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