The only thing worst than jean shopping is swimsuit shopping right ladies? No female wants to see herself in those fluorescent lights in front of a three way mirror in barely there fabric that shows our every flaw (which is mostly just in our heads). I’ve always thought that underwear was more flattering but there’s the little problem of underwear not being the most water friendly so….. how to solve this problem?
While cleaning my closet, I realized that: 1) I have a lot of clothes and 2) I want so much more clothing. Since I am super cheap and refuse to spend money, I decided to just alter the clothes I no longer wanted. I had an old lap swim suit and bra that I no longer wanted. Why not use the lycra to cover up the bra? If it doesn’t turn out I was just going to donate anyways. Reasons why this is a good idea: 1) Bras have an underwire that lifts and supports. 2) You already have the basic foundation for a bikini top. 3) New top without spending money.
lycra fabric, preferably from an old swim suit
old bra of any style and color
needle and thread, preferably in the color of the fabric but not needed
Here are my fabrics. Cut the straps off the bra. I’ll use the teal as the main color.
I took the brown portion to cover the band which I cut a little from the top to thin it out. Cut the brown in the general shape of the band and pin down to hand stitch. I left the original hook and eye in place. Cover the band completely that has the hook but you don’t have to cover the eye section because it’ll get covered up once you hook in place.
It doesn’t have to look pretty on the inside. Just make sure it’s sturdy. Lycra doesn’t fray so you don’t have to worry about making clean edges. I just took the straps of the original swim suit, cut it in half and used to make a halter strap for the bra top. With the extra strap material, I made a loop to create separation between cups.
Voila! All done and super flattering and water proof. I didn’t have enough fabric to make bottoms so I’ll have to figure that out or have the guts to rock a thong (that will never ever ever happen). I have converted regular underwear into bottoms which I will post those instructions later. They are just so much more flattering than swim bottoms but always make sure to do a shower test first before debuting them in public.