DIY Flower Swimsuit
Hi guyz and gaaaals!
This post and my upcoming few posts have been a long time coming, so thank you SO MUCH for your patience! I recently got a new job, am currently in the process of moving to a different apartment, and I've been interning for an event planner on the weekends so it's been total craziness over here! Sooo with all that being said I'm super sorry these posts are later in the summer than I intended BUT I promise they're extra awesome to make it worth your while!
With that little snippet over, I'm just gonna jump right into it and give you guys what ya came for...
DIY FLOWER SWIMSUIT
So I saw a swimsuit similar to this style last year from La Reveche and was OBSESSED with it, but unfortunately the $100+ price tag was a wee bit too pricey for me (considering 90% of my paycheck goes to food, crafts, and gifts for my bunny). SO being the crafty little gal I am, I decided to transform a cheap white suit into a gorg flowery suit! This was honestly such a simple process that this tutorial is gonna be super quick, but I wanted to share it anyways so that you gals can start making your own! The best part is that you can do this with any style or color swimsuit, so you can get crazy creative with it! Just make sure to tag me in any of your pics so I can appreciate how good your own DIY swimsuit looks ;)
Okiee let's do this!
Total Time: 30 minutes
Some deets on my materials:
I got the white swimsuit for just $12 on Rosegal.com, you can buy the exact style I used right here but they have plenty of different styles and colors to choose from too! I got it in a size medium and I'm a 2/4 in US sizes, so I would definitely purchase a suit a little on the bigger side because they tend to run small. As per usual, I have my classic gold scissors, and the needle is just a regular sewing needle from Jo Ann Fabrics. I bought the thread in white so that it would match the swimsuit, and it's 100% cotton. Finally, I bought the white flower trim from Jo Ann Fabrics as well, they had a bunch of different colors and I purchased two yards for $8 just to make sure I had plenty for this little project!
If you want the flowers down the back of the suit like I did, you're going to start sewing on the top strap seam. I sewed through a few times with the thread alone just to make sure it was secure, and then I lined up the first part of the fabric flower trim. DONT PIN THE FLOWER TRIM TO THE SUIT! A lot of times when you're sewing something, you use pins to hold the fabric together while you sew it. In this case, you're going to be constantly readjusting the trim so it'll be a huge nuisance to keep pinning and un pinning it. Take my advice, and leave the pins out of it.
With your trusty needle and thread in hand, simply sew along the edge of the swimsuit. It's super easy to do because the edge is already made for you, so you're just sewing the flowers on top of the fabric. Here's the tricky part: the flowers are kind of thin, so you're going to want to sew them in little ruffly-bunches (new favorite word).The way to do that is to push the trim together and sew through all of it at once, rather than stretching the trim out. Remember how I told you not to pin the trim to the suit? Well good for you because this part is a whole lot easier now as you'll be constantly readjusting the trim. This isn't an exact science, so move the trim around until it looks right to you and then BAM sew that sucker like the beautiful seamstress you are.
Now that you've got the hang of sewing the flower bunches, continue sewing along the rest of swimsuit! I decided to sew the flowers to the back of this suit because I loved the low back, but you can sew them wherever you want! As always, get creative with it. One thing to note though- no matter where you sew your flower trim, make sure to sew over the same area a few times just to make sure it's fully secure.
Once you've finished sewing the trim to your suit, use your hand to run along the edges and check for any loose pieces. I noticed I had missed a couple areas or the thread had broken, so I used this step as an extra check to tie up any loose ends (...literally). You want the trim to be nice and snug to the suit, so definitely double and triple sew some sections if you need to!
ENJOY YOUR FAAAANCY NEW SUIT!!
I know that post was like 70% photos of me in that swimsuit, but that's because it was literally so easy to make that I didn't have enough photos to take of the DIY process itself! So I hope that gives you hope that you can make this adorable suit, even if you've never picked up a sewing needle before!
As always- thanks for reading, thanks for creating, and make sure to share your photos of your cute summer suits with me!
Stay tuned for my next post with my favorite swimsuits of 2017, and I'll see you pretty people again soon!
Until next time,