I have a hidden talent for turning cheap materials into something appearing of celebrity value!
How to Make Bikini Bottoms Smaller and Shaplier
All you need to start is a needle and thread and a saggy, ill-fitted bikini bottom. (If you already have previous knowledge of basic sewing, skip to step 2.) The steps are as follows:
- Pick a thread color that matches your swimsuit. Feed the thread through the needle hole and tie a knot at one end of the thread. You may want to tie several knots in the same place, as I have found that only one or two knots may slip through the swimsuit fabric. Give yourself about 10 inches of thread so you don't have to worry about running out.
- Locate your starting point about halfway down the back of the bikini bottom. Make sure that it is also in the center of the bottom's width (we don't want to look like one of our butt cheeks is bigger than the other, right?)
- When you find the center, poke your needle through the fabric coming from the inside of the swimsuit, so the end knot will be on the inside.
- Measure out roughly 1 centimeter and poke your needle back into the fabric, this time coming from the outside. When you pull the thread through, pull tight and you will see your first "scrunch."
- Going upwards on the swimsuit, take six more stitches until you are about an inch and a half away from the top or waistband, making sure you are pulling tight but not so tight you break the thread.
- When you have 4 to 6 "scrunches" (depending on just how bubbly you want your butt to be), double the stitches you've already made to reinforce them. I generally do this about three or four times just to make sure the scrunches don't come undone.
- Now you want to tie a knot at the end of the thread. I like to tie the end of the thread with the beginning of the thread because it's easy and they are so close.
Tada! You now have yourself a cute little booty to show off at the beach (or pool if you, like me, are landlocked). So, would you rather spend $50 at Victoria's Secret or spend a few bucks and five minutes of elbow grease to get your dream butt?
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Some Key Points to Keep in Mind
- The more stitches you make, the more bootylicious you shall become!
- If you mess up, just cut out the thread and start again! Easy enough.
- If you are worried about it being slightly uneven or not the best sewing job, just know that if anyone is looking down there . . . it's because they are checking you out. So don't sweat it.
Rose on June 27, 2020:
What a difference it made to my bathing suit!
Meg on June 24, 2017:
Thanks for posting this! I had a bathing suit bottom I've never worn as it was too big and this made them perfect.