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Adventures in Swimwear: DIY High-waist Bikini

IN THE BEGINNING: This summer I just HAD to have a pair of high-waisted bikini bottoms! Not only am I a fan of the classic pin-up girl style, I also have the classic pin-up girl’s body, with generous hips and a narrow waist. A retro suit would be perfect for highlighting my curves, as well as cutting my freakishly long torso in half. Unfortunately, most true 1940s-style bottoms available also come with a low leg opening and full booty coverage. See Exhibit A:

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A leg opening like this est tres mal for a petite person with short legs like me. So, I decided to put my 10+ years of sewing experience to good use and just make one myself.

THE CHALLENGE: Create a pair of retro high-waisted bikini bottoms that have a more modern cut to the leg and backside that will elongate my legs and flatter my petite frame… from scratch!

I decided not to bother buying a pattern, since I knew I would be altering it heavily anyway. Instead, I selected a pair of undies that had the higher leg opening that I was looking for, as well as just the right amount of cheekiness going on in the back! Then I cut ‘em up.

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I used tissue paper to draw my pattern, tracing the undies then extending the rise up to an inch above my navel. I decided I wanted ruching on the sides, so I added a few more inches for the gathers. Don’t forget to add seam allowance all around!

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After plenty of measuring and remeasuring, my pattern is finally ready to use on my fabulous Lycra/Nylon animal print fabric. I also used it for the lining, though without the extra length for the ruching.

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Finally, on to construction! I used a zig-zag stitch for the first time in years and found sewing spandex to be SO much easier than I remembered. By the time I had only the waistband left to attach, I was sewing by the light of the moon!

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THE FINAL RESULT? Drum roll please…

Ze front:

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And ze back:

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Ze End!

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    It’s an interesting project and I love the result.
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    I just may do the same!