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This self-lined bandeau bikini is super simple to make. It's only made of 4 rectangles and doesn't use very much fabric. I was able to make it with 1/4 meter each color. This bandeau could easily cost less than $10, or maybe even free if you have some scrap fabric laying around!

 
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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

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  • bathing suit material or jersey
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • pins
  • matching thread
  • sewing machine

Step 2: Measure and Cut

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Measure:

1st Measurement:

  • Measure around the fullest part of your bust. (Eg. 34 inches)

2nd Measurement:

  • Take the 1st Measurement and divide that number in half. Add about an inch to that number for seam allowance. (Eg. 34/2 + 1 = 18 inches)

3rd Measurement:

  • Measure how much vertical coverage you want. Add about an inch to that number for seam allowance. (Eg. 6 + 1 = 7 inches)

4th Measurement:

  • Take the 3rd Measurement and add about 2 inches. (Eg. 7 + 2 = 9 inches)

Cut:

  • 2 rectangles of fabric with the dimensions of 2nd Measurement x 3rd Measurement for the front pieces. I used 2 different colors, so I cut one rectangle of each.
  • 2 rectangles of fabric with the dimensions of 1st Measurement x 4th Measurement for the back pieces.

    I used 2 different colors, so I cut one rectangle of each.

Make sure you cut your fabric so that the stretch is going lengthwise. You may want to cut out paper pattern pieces first to make sure you have the correct measurements.

Cbear042 months ago

Cool design wish i could make that but not that good with fabric

PetrichorXFi3 months ago

Cool design.

One possible change, shorten the ties in the back. It looks a bit large for your bodysize, unless perhaps your goal is to stand out a bit with the unique style. Also, if swimming it may be a bit of a drag despite being swim suit material. If playing Volleyball the longer ties may get in the way...

smori (author)  PetrichorXFi3 months ago

That's a good point. I liked the look of the over-sized bow, but the ties could always be shortened later.

If the longer ties are more "you" or "your style", then let them be. I was mostly being a dude and thinking of functiom over form :-p

I do like thay the ties arw not like a ribbon, bowtie, or shoelace... you're a person after all, not some Christmas/Birthday gift.

rbergins2 months ago

Very creative and simple.

smori (author)  rbergins2 months ago

Thanks!

smori (author)  rbergins2 months ago

Thanks!

So simple and so well done! I can't wait to make some of these!

smori (author)  Ruth in Craftsville2 months ago

Thank you! :)

toriosum3 months ago
I love the colors
smori (author)  toriosum3 months ago

:)

wilgubeast3 months ago

That is fantastic. Well-documented, reproducible, inexpensive, and cute. Not necessarily in that order.

smori (author)  wilgubeast3 months ago

Thank you so much!

ShaStokes783 months ago

Cute & I like the colors

smori (author)  ShaStokes783 months ago

Thanks :)

wold6303 months ago

So cute!

smori (author)  wold6303 months ago

Thanks!