DIY / Fashion

A teeny tiny , handmade bikini

A good while back, in February 2013, before I came to Korea, I made a bikini for myself.

The whole process was exceptionally easy.The most important decision, is one what style you want. I opted for an easy bandeau style top with simple bikini bottoms. I didn’t use a pattern, but their are plenty of great websites that specializes in DIY bikini’s and underwear.

Here;s how I did it!

What you will need:

2 bra cups in your sizeLycra for the inside  layer of your bikini in the color of your choice, I chose nude                                                                                                                                                                                               Material for the outside layer of your bikini. I chose a knitted, stretchable polyester blend fabric in dusty pink                                                                                                                                           A sewing machine                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thread that matches your material                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Enough elastic band for your bikini top and bottom                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A strapless bra and bikini bottom or panty

First I traced the size of my existing bikini bottom onto paper. Cut it out an then cut out the pattern on both the inner and outer layer of fabric. i made the inside layer a little bit bigger, to make working with the elastic band easier. Next you pin the two pieces of material together and make sure it fits. next sew in the elastic band into your bikini, all along the outside edges of the bikini, be careful to ensure that you work neat and tidy. Make sure the frayed  edges are pointing towards the inside of your bottoms and that they are neatly hidden away in between the inner and outer layer of fabric. I used the same technique for putting in the elastic in these bottoms, that I use for pants elastic and it worked.  When you are doen with the , make sure to stitch the two sides of your bottom together. Sew away any loose threads and voila!

Next the bra was most probably the trickier part. Firstly I used an strapless bra to make sure I have the correct shape an d length of material to make the top, I didn’t make a hook fastening bikini, mine is a tie-back bikini, so I just added and additional 15cm to the bra’s back measurements. I sewed the bra cups into the inner piece of the bra and then continued to sew the outer layer to it, all while putting in the elastic around the edges of the bra, exactly like I did with the bottoms. Remember to work neatly.After the top was completed, I worked away any loose threads.

This is a relatively easy project if you know how to sew . There is an amazing array of no sew bikini patterns and tutorials on and I plan to use one of them for my next bikini!

I made my bikini, because more often than not the bikini’s in stores are either way over priced or just not my style, so I made my own and here it is!

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