I think vintage high-waist bikinis are classy, comfy and cute! But, they cost quite a lot of money if you buy them in the store (and they're hard to find also) - and there's no guarantee they'll fit you properly. It's very simple and inexpensive to sew them yourself at home! Once you get the sizing right - you can make lots of different styles. I'll guide you through the process here! The bikini bottoms I made were from real vintage swimsuit material that I got from my grandma - obviously any swimsuit stretchy material will work!
I tried to get a variety of photos so you could really see how the fit was - I didn't do the best job in photographing myself - but I tried!
If you have any questions, please ask.
Step 1: Materials Needed to Sew Vintage Swimsuit
- One yard of swimsuit fabric (you may use much less - but it's better to have more just in case)
- One yard of swimsuit lining fabric (optional - if you want to fully line your bikini bottom - if not, only 1/4 yard)
- You can get material for a pretty good deal at any JoAnn Fabric store - with using a 40% off coupon.
- 1/4-Inch Braided Elastic (generally comes in a bundle of 8 yards like this one)
- 1/8-Inch Soft Stretch Elastic (in a bundle - need a couple of yards)
- Swim Suit Bra Hook - if you plan on making the bikini top
- Sewing machine, pins & fabric cutting tools (Any sewing machine should be fine. The one in my Instructable is this: Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine) and I love it - no problems in the 5 years I've had it. :)
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