White bikini with yellow dots
Last Updated: 09-01-2015
Photoshoot 2014: Aredhel Ringeril.
Photoshoot 2015: Mery.
Exact cost: 2.10 €.
Making of process:
My first attempt on a bikini! I decided making this one, I love Rin and her bikini is really cute!
I originally bought a piece of lycra for my Rikku's trikini, and I already had the yellow fabric painting for the dots, so the cost was zero. I also used a piece of white knit-silk from Jose's Len costume to make the ruffles on the knickers.
I used an old bikini as a pattern to draft the new pattern for Rin's bikini. I searched tips for sewing bikinis at Burda's website, http://www.burdastyle.com/blog/diy-your-swimsuit . The basics are: we can't sew lycra with cotton thread! I needed polyester or something similar in order to sew a bikini. It's important using the zigzag stitch. Don't use the straight stitch or the bikini's thread will break once you try it on! Zigzag will allow stretching. Also, remember making your bikini, trikini or complete bathsuit with double layer. This way, it won't get see-through while wet and the fabric will last more years.
For the bra part, I just cut two triangles and made two long strips, using my old bikini as a pattern. It's important you remove the lower strip from the bikini's bra you are using as a pattern, because each triangle needs to be bigger. This way, once you get one of the white strips through it, the bra will get to the size you really need it to be. You also need making the triangles bigger on the lower part, so you can take up the hem while leaving a hole there. I sew one on them onto the two tips of the triangles, tried it on and made a bow behind my neck. Then I used the other strip and made it go through the two triangles. I made a bow on my back and adjusted the bra.
Finally, I used my yellow fabric painting and made the dots along all the bikini and the ruffles. Remember, it's important to seal fabric paint with an iron, just use some thin fabric on the bikini so it won't be damaged while ironing. I also got a free beach ball thanks to Jose's journey to Switzerland. I erased the original words and painted "R . Vocaloid 2" on it with white and red nail polish.
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