My sister’s co-worker is traveling to Mexico very soon to avoid our rainy winter – the rain just goes on and on and on… She asked my sister if I would be willing to sew her “tankini” for her before she leaves. Sure, I love a new project!
What we have here is her tankini top and a sample of the bottom she would like to have made out of the material which covers her tummy. She wants that material taken off so that she can get some extra sun. “Might as well! Hey?”
So I cut it off.
I used this excellent stitch to hem up the stretchy knit material of the top by hand.
Then I make a pattern from the pink bikini bottom, remembering to add a seam allowance when I cut out the blue patterned material.
Then I cut my pieces out of the extra tankini tummy material. Remembering to cut seam allowances when I cut out the pattern! I was happy the tankini tummy material was lined because I used that lining to cut out additional pieces for lining the bottom. More savings!
I did have to make four ties out of extra black swimsuit material I had, two for the new straps she wanted on the top and two for the side ties she wanted. I put swimsuit elastic on the waist and legs of the bottoms with my serger and used my twin needle on my sewing machine to turn the elastic under and sew it in place. I also sewed in the side casings for the two ties on my sewing machine with a narrow zig zag.
Bottoms done! How do they look – same as store bought?
Adjustable straps sewn on the top! All done!
Have fun in the sun in Mexico!
Now what am I going to do with myself? Where’s my umbrella?