How Do You Print Your Favorite Patterns on Swim Suits?

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How Do You Print Your Favorite Patterns on Swim Suits?

Swim suits is clothing designed to be worn by people engaging in a water-based activity or water sports, such as swimming, diving and surfing, or sun-orientated activities, such as sun bathing. Different types may be worn by men, women, and children. Swim suits is described by a number of names, some of which are used only in particular locations, including swimsuit, bathing suit, swimming costume, bathing costume, swimming suit, swimmers, swimming togs, bathers, cossie (short for “costume”), or swimming trunksfor men, besides others.

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A swimsuit can be worn as an undergarment in sports that require a wetsuit such as water skiing, scuba diving, surfing, and wakeboarding. Swimsuits may also be worn to display the wearer’s physical attributes, as in the case of beauty pageants or bodybuilding contests, and glamour photography and magazines like the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue feature models and sports personalities in swimsuits.

There is a very wide range of styles of modern swimsuits available, which vary as to body coverage and materials. The choice of style may depend on community standards of modesty, as well as current fashions, and personal preferences. The choice will also consider the occasion, for example whether it is to be worn for a passive occasion such as sunbathing or for an activity such as surfing or competition. Swim suits for men usually exposes the chest, while suits for women usually cover at least the breasts.


Rayon was used in the 1920s in the manufacture of tight-fitting swimsuits, but its durability, especially when wet, proved problematic, with jersey and silk also sometimes being used.

In the 1930s, new materials were being developed and use in swim suits, particularly latex and nylon, and swimsuits gradually began hugging the body, especially women’s swimsuits.

Fabric is the primary material. Some companies manufacture their own fabric while others purchase it from outside supplies. Synthetic dyes are used to color the fabric. Until the mid-nineteenth century, dyes were extracted from animal, vegetable, and mineral sources.

In 1856, a young chemist in London named William H. Perkin accidentally discovered how to make mauveine, a purple dye, while he was attempting to synthesize quinine. Dyes are applied in a variety of ways depending on the type of dye, the type of fabric, and the desired effect. In the simplest process, cloth is dipped into a solution of water and dye. Sometimes an oxygen reagent is added to make the color more uniform.

In mordant dying, a wet metallic solution of tin, chromium, iron or aluminum is applied directly to the fabric. Then a dye is applied on top of that and the color is formed within the cloth. Some dyes can be applied directly to the cloth. In this process, the fabric is immersed in a hot solution of the dye. Patterns of color are created by dying fabrics that have been woven with different types of yarn such as nylon and polyester. The yarns react differently, or not at all, to different dyes. In this manner, a pattern appears on the fabric.

The bra of a bikini or two-piece woman’s swimsuit may have metal or plastic fasteners. Men’s swim trunks often include a drawstring in the waistband. Lengths of elastic are used for straps, leg openings, and waistbands.


Design is a crucial step in the manufacturing of swimsuits. As in any aspect of the apparel industry, designers pay close attention to what is being worn and what is new in fabric and color. Swimsuit designers are also concerned with comfort, colorfastness and elasticity of the fabric.

Designers use a combination of hand-sketches and computer-assisted-design software (CAD) to create new styles. Hand-sketches are enlarged to create paper patterns and a sample is cut from a material such as muslin. The garment is then fitted onto a mannequin and adjusted until the designer achieves the desired look. Colors and fabric are chosen and a sample is made and tried on by a human model. The designer again makes adjustments.

Designers using CAD draw with a stylus onto a digitizing pad that is connected to a computer. As the designer draws, the garment’s image appears on the computer screen. Colors and fabrics can also be chosen and viewed on the computer screen. Templates are created and sent to the factory to be cut into pattern pieces.

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We can print the desired pattern on the swim suits, when the heat transfer technology is the best choice.
Here we share the process of this work:

Firstly, we use a computer to save this picture and adjust its size or color, even we can add some other patterns on it.

Secondly, we need a digital inkjet printer to print out this picture. Perhaps someone would tell me that we can use laser printer, because it is faster than inkjet printer. But this little DIY does not use it, because laser printer is often used for mass production and its price is too high to afford for many people. Meanwhile, inkjet printer has an important benefit that the color of the end product is more vivid.

And when we use the inkjet printer, there are some tips for you:

(1) Suitable paper:

Ordinary paper we use in our daily lives cannot be used to transfer the picture to Swim suits. We need specialized paper–sublimation transfer paper, because if we want to print pictures clearly, we must ensure that the color can be transferred to the clothes. Paper with low quality cannot meet the demand.

(2) Great inks:

In the process of transferring, the temperature is the key and it usually reaches up to 230 degree. So the ink must be ensured that it cannot melt on the Swim suits, well, dye-sublimation ink now is the necessity. Dye-sublimation ink can do a good job under the high temperature . If we want a vivid colorful effect, we should choose a high quality ink.

Thirdly,  using the heat transfer machine is the most critical step. Putting the picture on the machine and pressing it. In the process of transferring, the hot pressing surface, transfer paper, and the surface of the bearing must be close to with no clearance, otherwise, it will lead to blurred text transfer. After 20 seconds we can get a wonderful printing Swim suits .

Finally, it is a magic!

The process of printing is so easy that every can make our own Swim suits.

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