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DIY Simple & Sexy Lace Bikini For Pennies!
OK. So here goes. Find your favorite swim suit either from what you already have or purchase an inexpensive suit that fits you well.
Here are two of my favorite black tops. I triangle top and a bandeau top.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
Stretchy lace or regular lace (I used regular lace, .25 cents per yard)
Needle and thread
Stitch Witchery Tape
I wanted certain colors of lace to contrast the bathing suit colors I had at home. I happened to find the perfect pieces of lace at a cost of just .25 cents per yard!! I went ahead and splurged so I bought about two yards each. HA!
Figure out how you want to use your lace and where.
This is the same placement as the first except it leaves a half inch of black showing on the top.
This way will use more lace obviously...but nice!
This is the Stitch Witchery Tape or seam tape. It's MAGIC.
Cut your Stitch Witchery Tape according to the length of the side of the swim top and secure with pins. Make sure the tape is about a half inch shorter on each side. You don't want, when ironed, the glue to be to the edge. It's less messy.
Pin from the underneath so that the glue does not fuse with the pins when ironed.
Measure and cut your lace leaving a half inch extra on both sides. Also decide if you want the scalloped side of the lace facing your cleavage area or not.
When both sides are pinned, Iron on opposite side on low to medium heat until the tape is fused with the lace and fabric and becomes invisible.
Note: At the center where the two pieces of lace meets, there is a hole or twisted knot of this swimsuit top.
I tucked and pinned the ends of the lace in there. I then hand sewed it securely and clipped off the extra piece
Iron. Let it sit there for a few seconds. Turn over and make sure the lace lays flat and lightly iron.
Notice how all the dips or low points of the scalloped areas of the lace are even to the edge of the top. This helps to keep it even throughout the placement of the lace.
The half inch of extra lace, fold in and pin. Hand sew this area. Takes five minutes!
Another example of the even scalloping along the edges of the swimsuit
This is how I did the bottom of the swimwear - use the magic seam tape again...
I also left a half inch of extra lace on each side on this bottom piece. After ironing the glue tape and lace together, pin the extra half inch of lace and hand sew.
Credit goes to this genius!