Turning a Bra into a Bikini Top

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I don't know about you, but trying to find a bikini that fits well when buying retail, is quite a battle.  I find that shop purchased bikini tops are particularly uncomfortable and unflattering (you may also remember my blog post about vintage swimwear vs the string bikini here)

After finding a sensational sewing tutorial on pinterest by Tasha Delrae; how to turn a old bra into a bathing top, my excitement and curiosity got the better of me.

Tasha's bra-turned bathing top

A visit to a fabric store in Mentone which is closing its doors for relocation this month, and therefore heavily reducing its supplies, meant I found the perfect material for a fraction of its usual retail price.

Swimwear Lycra $19.99 reduced to $3.49 per metre.


This is the first time I have purchased new fabric.  Ever.  Usually I'll source my material second hand from op shops or markets, however,  Lycra is not a fabric I've found much on my thrifty journey's.  After completing my project, and finding that I did not use that much of it, I did think that perhaps I could have instead sourced a second hand swimsuit, cut it open, and use its material.  Something to consider for next time...

So, can we really turn an old bra into a bikini top, and one that fits perfectly?  The answer is absolutely yes.  Following Tasha's picture tutorial, here is my version:

I had the perfect bra to choose for this project; an unworn bra that's been sitting in my drawer for about three years, in the hope that one day I'd find its missing strap.

In action




As with Tasha's bikini top, I also chose to go with a halter strap around my neck too.  It is not absolutely necessary, but I do find suits me better than strapless.

I mentioned before that I have quite a bit of fabric leftover.  I'm unsure whether to make a matching pair of bottoms, or perhaps go with a beach skirt cover up.  I'll more likely to go with the latter.

Now Tasha does mention on her blog, that she road tested her new bra-turned-bathing top in Mexico, and that it is, perfectly swimmable.  Can't wait to road test mine this Australian summer.

Thank you Tasha for your brilliant idea, and step-by-step tutorial

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Agy said...

THis is a great idea. I never thought about refashioning bras into swimwear. Have to try this one out. Thanks, Erica and TAsha!

Charlie said...

Looks awesome ... And you don't have to worry about the ladies coming a-cropper in a strong swell! Love the idea!

Stacey said...

What a great idea! I'm going to have to give this one a try.

AdinB said...

I saw this one I think around blogosphere or pinterest, but anyway I really thought that was so awesome and so clever.

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

This is genius. I find it virtually impossible to find a high street bikini that fits properly - they're usually too big in the back and too small in the cup. I like halter necks too. Yours looks lovely.

Meg the Grand said...

What a brilliant idea!! I have so many old bras that still fit and this would be a great way to use them, especially with the mounds of swimsuit fabric I have in my stash. Love your version!!

Grandma C said...

That's really beautiful. Unfortunately I am well past my bikini age!

Unknown said...

It’s my first time to visit this site & I’m really surprised to see such impressive stuff out there.

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