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.
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.
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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