Here is the follow up to last weeks Sporty Bikini Top tutorial! The pattern is drafted by tracing out your best fitting bikini bottoms or panties.
Materials and Supplies
-Bikini Bottom or Panties (to make the pattern)
-Paper, Pencil, Eraser & Ruler
-Swim Suit Fabric & Lining (about 1/2 yard of each, I used a polyester/spandex knit for the lining)
-Thread to Match
-Chlorine Treated Elastic (1" Wideand 1/4" Wide)
- Sewing MachineDrafting Instructions
1. Lay your bikini bottoms flat at trace around half of the front and back pieces. Double check that all the "important" measurements match up between the pattern and the bikini bottoms.
It's important to keep in mind that it's best to have the bottom seam more to the back of your body than right in the middle.
*Use a small zig-zag or other stretch stitch*
1. Cut out your front and back pieces from your fabric and lining so that the greatest amount of stretch will go around your body.
4. Take your 1/4" elastic and measure it and cut 2 pieces that are about 1 1/2" smaller than the leg opening edge measures.
Fold the waistband fabric in half, sandwiching the elastic in the middle as shown below.
If you didn't make a separate waist band you can just sew the elastic onto the top of the bikini bottom, turn under and sew down. (The same method used on my bikini top)
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