Hey ladies! Want to sew your own swimsuit but need a bit more support than a layer of spandex? Then never fear, because it’s super easy to put a pre-made swim bra into your hand-made suit.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can even sew your own – check out our Cashmerette Ipswich Swimsuit sewing pattern, which includes a pattern for a full underwired swim bra.
I’m going to share the method I used for my polka dot Bombshell – there are others, including putting elastic in to make a shelf bra (my bust LAUGHS at your shelf bra, but others may be in less need of industrial support), or actually making a swim bra out of foam and bra notions. However I took the easy way: I took a very old and worn out tankini, and seam-ripped the internal underwired bra out, and sewed it into my new suit.
1. Complete your suit to this stage: the front and back are attached, but you haven’t put the straps on yet.
2. Serge (or zig zag) along the top of the suit and lining to join them into one piece.
3. Place your swim bra over the front, making sure the underwire is at least 1/2 inch below the neckline (because you’re going to be folding it over with elastic to finish it). Remember to put it the correct way round, so the softer side will be against your body. I also put the sides of the cups about 1/4 inch beyond the side seam, to avoid too much bulk. Note, your bra may not perfectly match the shape of your suit: no worries!
4. Pin that baby! There was more fullness in the cups than in my suit, so I lightly tucked where necessary and pinned so that it would lie flat to the neckline
5. Stitch it down! Just stitch the neckline, and stop at the edges of the cups – the back strap will be free floating. I used a narrow zig zag.
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