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Topic: New sewer, want to alter bikini top after my tailor half-a**ed it... Help?  (Read 2917 times)
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« on: August 04, 2012 11:56:20 AM »

I'm very particular about swimsuits because I have stretch marks on my breasts and try to keep them covered. I finally found a bikini that had potential for me to like - I took it to my tailor to take in the bottoms (store didn't have my size, and this is good because it covers more of my buttcheeks), cut off the top's back ties and replace with a hook (I cut the hook out of my old bikini top), and I asked her to bring the cups closer together.

I'm happy with all the other alterations, but she really half-assed bringing the cups closer together. This is what I have to work with:

Come on lady, I could've done that!! Tongue

What I want to do is:
1. Take out her seam down the middle of the band
2. Somehow snip up the back of the seam (the part that touches skin) on the band
3. Pull the fabric of the cups closer to each other (I know this is possible because it is designed with a lot of excess loose fabric surrounding the inside foam lining, as seen by the rouching) So, not *move* the cups, but stretch them toward the center.
4. Sew it back up, again on the back side, so that it looks normal from the front.

So, before I go at it with a seam ripper and ruin the thing, I want to ask for advice. Will this plan work? Is there anything I should know about working with stretchy fabric? Sewing machine or by hand? Am I overthinking it? My sewing experience is pretty much limited to making pillows.
« Last Edit: August 07, 2012 06:03:53 AM by Aislynn - Reason: Edited to fix images. » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2012 07:50:03 PM »

Yeah, she didn't put much effort into that.  That's why we learn to do it ourselves, huh?

If you haven't worked with swim knit fabrics before, stretching the fabric on the cups will probably be a headache for you.  It's just the nature of that fabric and how it behaves.  As far as stitching, you would have an easier time removing the strap from the cups first, then readjusting where the cups are positioned.  It will take more time, but it just might give you a little less frustration.  Some sewing machines have a stretch stitch which looks like a standard straight stitch when sewn, it just allows the fabric more "give".  I don't really like that stitch because it takes time to figure out the right adjustments for stitch length and tension and you always want a scrap of similar fabric to screw up while you get the kinks worked out.  The easier alternative to the stretch stitch is just to use a zigzag stitch, which ironically lets the fabric stretch even more than a stretch stitch.  Go figure.
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