Good Morning! What a beautiful day to start a bikini sew a long! This weekend was beautiful here in the Midwest and I have some nice and pink shoulders now to show off.
First, if you haven’t grabbed your pattern yet, head over to the products page and grab the Bikini Basics Collection or you can purchase each piece individually as well. Also, don’t forget to join the Facebook Group to grab a coupon code and post your creations and follow along this week for tips and tricks!
A few things we will be discussing this week will include:
- picking which pattern(s) would work best for you
- adding foam/cups to the triangle and wrap top
- using power mesh and elastic to add support
- making your items reversible to make them even more versatile
- mashing the string bikini and brief bottoms for a more cheeky bottom coverage
- sources for swim material, power mesh, elastic, foam cups etc.
First lets start with the different patterns. This collection includes 2 tops and 2 bottoms and a skirt. The tops include the triangle with a dart string bikini style and a wrap top that has a halter back and a racerback option. The wrap top also features a dart to help shape the bust line. The bottoms are a string bikini with a ruched style back (very cheeky coverage) and a brief (more moderate coverage) with 2 rises and an optional waistband. Also the skirt can be added on to the brief style by attaching it with the waistband or leave it as separate covering piece.
You will need swim fabric (nylon lycra), lining or power mesh, swim elastic (1/4″ and 3/8″ or clear lastin) foam cups or cut and sew foam to make your own, swim closure hooks, microtex or ballpoint needles and thread. Here are a few resources for the supplies that I personally like:
Cali Fabrics – swim fabric, lining, and power mesh
The Fabric Fairy – swim fabric, lining, and power mesh
Amazon – swim elastic in bulk you can also find it at your local Joanns or Hobby Lobby, sometimes Walmart too
Etsy – foam cups, or buy bulk on sites like Aliexpress, or find cheap sports bras/swim tops at Goodwill or TJ Maxx and grab the removable cups and reuse them. Mine came from a sports bra (I don’t like foam cups on my sports bras!)
Joanns or any bra making supply online store – cut and sew foam
A few things regarding the sizing and picking the right size for you! The tops are based on cup size for the triangle and a combo of cup and bust for the wrap top. The bottoms are based on waist and hip. Check out the sizing chart for a better idea of which size to print!
So head out and grab your supplies, print out those patterns and lets get started cutting and sewing tomorrow!!