Bikini Basics Sew A Long – Modifications & Options

Some have asked about the different options and how to modify or mashing some of the pattern pieces.  I figured it needed its own post, so here you go!

Reversible:

any of the pieces can be made reversible with a few adjustments to the instructions.  Make sure instead of lining you grab another coordinating swim fabric.  Also be aware of the thread you are using so it blends well with both sides.

  • Triangle Top – this one can be sewn as is with two swim fabrics, the top piece that folds over will be seen on one side and also I fold my darts going opposite directions so that when put together they lay nicer together.  My blue and orange is reversible with the print one one side and solid orange on the other.
  • Wrap Top – you can have lots of fun with this wrap top making it fully reversible ( you might want to hand stitch/ladder stitch your turning hole in the “lining” side after sewing it all up) and even color blocked by using two fabrics for each side of the wrap.  Some did not top stitch their edges of the wrap and thought it laid nicer when reversible.
  • String Bikini bottom – use two swim fabrics and a coordinating fabric for the string portion and this is reversible!
  • Briefs – change up how you sew this together by sewing along the leg openings first, then match up the hip seams (I press the elastic for each side in opposite directions) and sew the hip seams.  You can add elastic at the waist, fold over twice and topstitch to give it a finished look like I did in my orange and blue or you can add the waistband option by attaching one side to the “main, then folding it over to the other side and using wonder tape to hold the 3/8” seam allowance under and topstitching the other side.  this will give your waistband a finished look from both sides.
  • Skirt – sew up normally and do the waistband by attaching one side to the “main”, then folding it over to the other side and using wonder tape to hold the 3/8″ seam allowance under and topstitching the other side.  this will give your waistband a finished look from both sides.

String Bikini and Brief Mash-up – some have asked if they can combine the two bottoms to get a cheeky coverage.  I drew up the dashed line to use as an in between coverage for the bottoms and will be sewing up a pair this week!  I also plan to add the bum ruching to my mashup bottoms 😉

bottom mash upAdding Cups and/or Power Mesh – I grabbed a pair of foam cups that fell out of one of my sports bras and added it to my triangle top to give it a little shape.  It is a thin foam and I cut it to shape.  They aren’t removable since I did sew them in place along the bottom edge.  You can also put cups in the wrap top by either sewing them in place in the lining or slipping them through the opening on side seam of the lining so that they are removable.  I recommend power mesh as a lining for the fronts of the tops if you are looking for a little more lift and support, you can use two layers and stagger the stretch to give you extra support.

Elastic or Clear Lastin Elastic – I used elastic along most of the edges in my wrap top and I used 3/8″ elastic along the bottom to give it a little more support.  The triangle top I made sure to use elastic along the sides to help it cup and shape the top.  You can use 1/4″ swim elastic or the clear elastic.elastic placement

What other modifications have you done or would you like to try?  Make sure to share them in the Facebook Group!!

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