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« on: August 04, 2013 09:07:15 PM »



In my neck of the woods, it's the middle of winter. My lily white skin is quite allergic to sunlight, but that doesn't stop me from dreaming of warmer days - wearing nothing but a thick coat of sunscreen and a teensy tiny bikini. Swimwear is ridiculously expensive, but for a pittance you can make your own! Here's how.

You will need:
1 metre of spandex/lycra
1/2 metre of nylon tricot lining (or anything you can get your hands on to minimise see-through panties)
1 metre of 3-4mm wide elastic
1 old strapless bra, or a bra with straps chopped off.


Cut a rectangle of material bigger than your bra. Pin it around the edges. Watch for that underwire, nobody likes a crooked pin. Cut a slit down the middle. What you do with it is up to you. I found that tying mine around tied (hahaha) in with the bow theme my material had going on.

Sew around the bra. Again, mind that pesky underwire, or your sewing machine will resent you. Don't worry about the back just yet.


Your bra should now resemble a bikini top. If it doesn't, it's time to get friendly with your seam ripper and try again.


I added a halter strap by attaching two strips of material, again to match the bow theme. So many bows! This step is of course entirely optional.


Cover that back band, leaving the hooks exposed so you can actually do it up.


That's better. Onto the bottom bits!


Go to your underwear drawer and select the pair of panties which you would like your bikini bottoms to most resemble. Use the front to draw a pattern, remembering seam allowance, then flip them upside down and trace the butt, again remembering seam allowance.


Trace your lining using the spandex material as a guide, and sew them together.


Measure around your hips, and cut a piece of elastic 3cm shorter than this. Measure around the tops of your thighs, and cut a piece of elastic 1cm shorter than this. Fold your seam allowance over the elastic and, using zigzag stitch, carefully sew the elastic in place. Take your time here, or you'll end up saggy in some areas and screaming for space in others. Make sure you stretch the elastic gently and consistently as you sew around. There should be a little bit left at the end when you're done.


I chose to continue my bow theme, and folded the sides of my material over themselves, sewing a small gap where I looped a long strip of material through on each side and tied them together at the bottom. Alternatively, just sew them together. Make sure they're tight enough, or you may lose them in the surf!


And that's it! Go on and take a bow (hahaha). You have now created your own gorgeous bikini, and I'll bet it took half the time you thought. Now go work on your bikini body, which is as easy as putting your bikini on a body. Summer isn't exactly around the corner, but when it comes, I am so ready!
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2013 09:35:22 PM »

That does sound really easy! Super cute!
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« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2013 12:14:28 AM »

Nice bikini and great easy tutorial.
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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2013 12:34:10 AM »

"Take a bow" Lol!
Your bikini is super cute!
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2013 01:49:27 AM »

I'm thinking of giving my old bras New life...this would be perfect for that. Great project!
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2013 09:38:14 PM »

Great idea!
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« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2013 06:05:17 PM »

This is great! Love all the bows.
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« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2014 10:59:22 AM »

What a great tutorial, thank you! Your fabric is too cute.
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2014 09:17:10 AM »

This is so clever and very cute!
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« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2014 03:53:43 PM »

I definitely will be using these instructions to make myself a whole new swim wardrobe this year!
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