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Monday, July 19, 2010

How to make a frugal Tankini

If you are a frugal, use-it-up kind of person like I am, you don't like to get rid of something that works perfectly fine just so you can have the newest model. I have had a couple of bathing suits for several years and they still fit me just fine and are in good condition. There is no reason not to use them, except that they are the old fashioned type of one-piece bathing suit that has to be taken all the way down from the shoulders and pulled up all the way over the shoulders for all the necessary activities of a swimming day...if you know what I mean! Having had issues with my shoulder recently, this has become quite a problem for me when my suit is wet, so I was thinking how nice it would be to have one of those tankini bathing suits that looks like a one-piece but is actually a separate top and bottom. I just couldn't bring myself to pay the price when I still had two bathing suits that I liked, that fit and that were in good shape.

So here's what I did...

How to make a frugal TankiniI laid out one of my suits on my cutting mat...

How to make a frugal Tankini...and lifted up the outer skirt part which was loose all the way around the suit from just under the arm holes, and I put my straight edge across the bottom just above the leg openings...

How to make a frugal Tankini...then I cut across, separating the top part from the leg opening part...

How to make a frugal Tankini...and now I effectively have a tankini top that I can wear with the tankini bottom which I purchased for a fraction of the cost of a whole new suit. The cut edge of the inside part of the original bathing suit can be tucked into the tankini bottom and it looks like an old fashioned one-piece bathing suit, but now with the convenience of two pieces!

I did this to both of my bathing suits and love wearing them now! Just in time for our vacation at the lake!

Happy Stitching!

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  • This is such a great idea! I love that the tankini's are so "in" right now... I'm bigger on the bottom than I am on the top and it can make finding a one-piece difficult.

    By Blogger mub, At July 20, 2010 at 12:38 AM  

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