Some of the cutest bathing suit trends are easy to make yourself. Here, three talented fashion bloggers demonstrate four different ways to DIY a swimsuit.
1. Cut-Out Trikini
Step 1: Pull the bathing suit over a box or a chair to stretch it out.
Step 2: Cut as cleanly as you can along where you marked with the chalk.
Step 3: Pull and pass the lower part of the bathing suit through the key chain.
Step 4: Sew near the key chain so it won't move around.
Step 5: Do the same with the top part of the bathing suit, joining it to the bottom.
2. Woven Asymmetrical Suit
Step 1: Pull the bathing suit over a box or a chair to stretch it out. Mark with the chalk were you want to cut off one of the straps.
Step 2: Follow the mark to cut it off.
Step 3: Fold less than 1cm of the fabric in and sew with a loose stich or zig-zag stich.
Step 4: Mark a curved line with the chalk from the strap to the back.
Step 5: Make small cuts of 4-5cm along the line, leaving a space of 2cm between each cut.
Step 6: Now you can start weaving.
When you get to the end, cut the last strap and knot it to the last part of the cut piece.
Ready for a swim!
2. Floral Crochet Bathing Suit
Step 1: Place the flowers and leaves on your bathing suit where desired and pin them in place using sewing pins.
Step 2: Next, thread a sewing needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread.
Step 3: Begin sewing the flowers and leaves onto the bathing suit.
Step 4: When you’re done sewing a flower or leaf, finish off by tying a knot on the inside of the suit then trim off any extra thread.
4. Side Bow Swimsuit
Step 1: Cut six 10cm x 5cm rectangles out of your tights.
Step 2: Cut into your swimsuit from the side.
Step 3: Cut into the suit at regular intervals until you reach the leg seam.
Step 4: Take a side section in your hand.
Step 5: Place a rectangle of tights material underneath the section. Tie it in a knot and pull it to the front of the material, creating a bow at the side of the suit.
Step 6: Stitch the bow in place.
Step 7: Repeat on all sections and on the elastic of the bottom area.
Pippa Armbrester is a quilt designer. Following her adventures in quilting and in life on her website.