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Topic: Unflattering tankini to hot mom bikini!  (Read 1054 times)
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« on: January 29, 2013 01:56:08 PM »

So I've had 2 kids and need supportive tops for my swimwear but it seems unless I wan to spend tons of $$ on a suit and spend a day at the store finding just the right suit I'm S.O.L.! I found a tankini with the cutest polka dot pattern on clearance for $10 and thought ok I can swing it. Brought it home and ugh the top either worn strapless (hello bulge next to armpit) or with a skinny halter strap(even more unflattering) and under the bust to the waist being loose and widening on the bottom actually made me look wider and had a frumpy look. The bottoms were basic and covered well enough but my only stretch marks are on my upper thighs so I prefer skirts for bottoms so here come the scissors. . . .
1. I cut around the bottom of the bust giving myself about 1"-1 1/2" for my hem. I pinned around and went right along with a straight stitch and zigzag to keep it secure. Easy peasy right? Don't forget to stretch your fabric a little as you sew so you have some give.

2. I cut another couple inches off the tankini excess I removed and trimmed it to the length of the halter strap then stitched it right sides together then used a pencil to turn it right side out so now I had 2 straps. Using chalk I marked on the front where to attach my straps and had my kids help move the straps in the back and mark while I looked on from the mirror. You want to hand stitch and machine stitch for security where you attach the straps.

3. I took the leftover tankini, flipped it inside out, and stitched a 1" wide hem along the raw edge leaving a small gap to insert elastic. I wrapped the elastic around my waist where I would wear the skirt and stretched it so it would be tight enough to keep it up but not so tight I pushed up the muffin tops. Using a safety pin I threaded the elastic through, machine stitched it together, then stitched up the open slot and voila!

Seriously the easiest alteration ever. Took me a little over 2 hours and part of that was spent coming up with the ideas!! So my hate of halter suits because they make me look out of shape(so what it I am) plus my unreasonable desire not to waste any material ever gave me a totally retro looking, flattering, supportive suit in time for my vaca this weekend!! Hope this helps someone out there I recieved loads of compliments on it!!
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2013 12:32:30 PM »

Sounds awesome! Do you have a picture?
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