Swimsuit upcycle.

Since last summer, I finally found a job, I lost 15 pounds (and counting), and have just been happier in general (thanks to my ex employer for laying me off, you did me a huge favor for my mental health….. cue Italian victory salute… Okay.. Enough… Happy thoughts)

So back to my bathing suit redo…. I bought a tankini about two years ago, on clearance of course. I liked it because the top was longer than most tankinis and not too clingy. Nice to hide my tummy fluff.

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So, after many miles of hustling along the shore of eastern nc at 530 in the morning, I feel a little more confident in a two piece.

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I also have a good handful of weddings to attend, so I really wanted to fashion a bandeau top from the thick strapped halter tankini, to avoid weird tan lines.

What I had….
Thread and needle
Sewing machine
A strapless underwire bra a size too large
Lots of coffee and good music.
An old sheer scarf that had some pulls.

What I did.

1. I took a seam ripper and removed the loops for the optional straps of the strapless bra. And cut away the tummy section of the tankini. I tried to keep the top, but it looked and felt too large… Not good for playing in the waves.

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2. I held up the bra and pinned some darts close to the underwire (when the suit gets wet, I didn’t want any weird lumps to appear in weird places) to make a better fit.

3. From here on out, I kinda just draped and pinned and worked with the material till it laid how I wanted.

4. I sewed the material to the top of the bra, starting from the center and working to each side of the bra that fits under the arm pit.

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5. I worked with material a little more, and pinned along the under wire on the inside of the bra.

6. I gathered the fabric in the middle to give the top a sweetheart shape and sewed down the middle.

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7. I hand stitched the fabric on the inside of the bra, and I made sure not to stitch through the other side, I didn’t want to see the thread on the front side of the suit.

8. I cut the straps off the halter, matched up the width to the part of the bra under the arm pits and sewed to the suit and bra.

9. I worked with the straps to hide the back of the bra, and sewed some more. I left the clasps un covered, but left enough halter strap to wrap around, knot and hide the clasps. It’s a little bulky, but I really wanted the support and stability.

I might revisit the clasps if I end up loosing more weight.

10. Finally, I wrapped a piece of my sheer orange scarf around the center, made a small knot, and hand stitched in place. I really wanted a small bit of orange to trim the waist of the bottoms, but I didn’t want the fuss.

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The salt water would probably eat it up anyway.

11. Hit the beach.

 

The suit held up great! In more ways than one. I went swimming, the ocean was rougher than what I like to swim in, but I had to test the support. I give it an A+ , for being a strapless top. It was tailored and I felt confident and crafty.

I really wanted to make a matching head band, but my skull has a weird shape and they always slip off.

Don’t be scared it was pretty easy. Give it a whirl and save yourself some cash! This is my new favorite suit. Labor of love, for sure. I wish I did this before I bought my new suit from a local boutique, even though I do love that boutique (Fran’s Beachwear in Emerald Isle) and supporting local businesses makes me feel happy.

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So, if you mess this up, skip the department store, and help the locals.

What do you think?

Much love to my fellow beach babes.. Thanks for reading…
Bethany

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About bethanyd28594

Interior designer, crafter, bargain hunter, cooker, baker, veggie lover, visual merchandiser, furniture upcycler, beach goer, laugher, nature lover, Ben Franklin fan, love lover.
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3 Responses to Swimsuit upcycle.

  1. Pingback: Coming To A Close | The Road to the Future

  2. Such great alteration work! Love the before AND after suit :) Best, Trèsors De Luxe!

  3. Thank you for the sweet words! More alterations to come soon. I’m ripping apart my closet to see what else I can revamp!

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