Yes I have an addiction, and you know what? I love it! Bikini's are my life. If I could, it would be my daily choice of outfit. Unfortunately the thing called 'reality' comes in between the two of us recommending not to go to work in a bikini?! O well.
Anyways, what I'm trying to get at that is when you love and live in your bikini like me it's important this little piece of fabric fits you well and looks cute at the same time. As a surfer I prefer the cheeky cut not only because it makes my butt look delicious but also because they stay on when I duck dive. The market is still only slowly warming to the cheeky, more revealing cut which makes it hard to find the right one. To cut a long story short I thought I'd try to make my own and share the steps with you so you can do it too.
(* By the way I have since started my own bikini line called LAYA Bikini in case you're interested in more cheeky bikini's with unique patterns and styles that stay on the surf!)
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Swim wear fabric (I bought mine from Spotlight)
- Sewing machine
- All purpose sewing thread (I used Gutermann which you can also get from Spotlight)
- Time and a lot of patience
- Bikini pattern or a pattern you make from your own undies like I did :)
As you can see in the picture below I used some (really old) undies and cut them in half. I pinned these on the paper as my guideline for my bikini bottoms.
I cut it into my two patterns. One for the front, the other one for the back. My front and back part are pretty much the same size so they look identical. If you prefer more material on the back, just add an inch or two.
Fold your fabric of choice so you end up with two layers on top of each other. Pin the pattern to your fabric and simply cut around the edges with about 1/2 to 1 inch extra for seam allowance. (I left too little which I regretted in the end ...so don't make that mistake!!)
Once you're done pinning and cutting you should now have two pieces each with a double layer.
Pin the front pieces to the back pieces with the 'right' or printed side together on the crotch. Sew a seam using the zig zag setting on your sewing machine. You will end up with two identical pieces, both made of a front part and a back part.
I apologise in advance for not being able to display enough photos for this step...I simply forgot to take one and before I knew it, it was all sewn up. I will try to explain it the best way I cant though.
Put both pieces on top of each other so that the 'right' or printed sides are touching and the front part is on top of the front and the back on top of the back. Make sure they match perfectly before you pin them in the middle.
Start sewing from one of the top corners and work your way around the edges all the way around until you return to the last edge which should be the side where you started. Don't sew the last side together! It is VERY IMPORTANT that you LEAVE THAT EDGE OPEN. We need to leave this edge open so we can right side the bather bottoms in the end.
In the picture below you can see my bottoms are now all sewed together, 'right sided' with the top left corner still open.
We're nearly done! All you need to do now is sew the sides together. It sounds simple but I actually found it quite tricky and had to do it a couple of times to get the finish looking nice instead of rough and ugly.
Take the upper 1/2 inch of fabric from the open edge and fold it inside so you have a little hem. Then take the side you are sewing it to and stick it itno the hole 1/2 inch. Sew across this seam. On the other side you will have two finished edges to sew together. I overlapped them by 1/2 inch and stitched over the top.
And TA TAAAAAA you made your first cheeky bikini bottoms! Well done girls! Now let's get out there to show them off :D