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Jodi's first bikini

Added Aug 30, 2009

by Jodi Wade

Budapest, Hungary






This is the first bikini I made. It was a practice one just to see how it goes. I think I made three tops! Really had to experiment to get the size and shape how I wanted. It’s a drawstring bandeau top and I wanted the same kind of drawstring thing for the sides of the bottoms. I used the great website Pattern School a lot. I cut the top tie thingy after the pic was taken so it’s not as long now. It can be tied in a few different ways. I had to struggle a bit with the elastic but I got it to sit nicely in the end. I don’t have an overlocker so I just zigzagged it on. I’m really quite proud of myself :) I learnt a lot making this.

Material Notes

Navy blue lycra, swimsuit elastic, metal bikini clip




Garment Type


A fantastic website about making swimwear

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    Dec 30, 2009, 05.51 PMby lauramae0805

    this is kickass

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    Sep 1, 2009, 01.00 AMby GabrielleDanielle

    Beautiful job!

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    Aug 31, 2009, 11.08 AMby lovelypolly

    i like it a lot…!!! would you share the pattern with us???? :o)

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      Aug 31, 2009, 05.28 PMby Jodi Wade

      look at www.patternschool.com it has the instructions to make up patterns according to your measurements :) it takes a bit of time but i think it’s worth it

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    Aug 31, 2009, 08.34 AMby sallyleigh

    Wow – amazing, amazing job! Love the fabric colour, stunning design you’ve come up with, and the whole thing looks so professional!

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    Aug 30, 2009, 05.15 PMby camilaustral

    wow you look so good! have you tried it swimming? does the top stay up?

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    Aug 30, 2009, 05.15 PMby camilaustral

    wow you look so good! have you tried it swimming? does the top stay up?

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      Aug 30, 2009, 06.20 PMby Jodi Wade

      hey, thanks! i haven’t been swimming in this one yet but i did in the second one i made (its the same pattern, just different fabric) and it stayed up really well. i just had to make sure i tied all the knots quite tight…

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    Aug 30, 2009, 05.10 PMby niqaivah

    wow! that top is so cool! i want to make one just like that!

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    Aug 30, 2009, 02.34 PMby marloncosta

    Wow! Beautiful!!!

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    Aug 30, 2009, 12.52 PMby ink

    Your bikini looks flawless! I don’t know how you managed to sew that material so perfectly! The shape is really tailored to your figure, very beautiful!

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    Aug 30, 2009, 12.35 PMby leeshv

    This is gorgeous…very well done….You would probably love an overlock machine if you work with stretch fabrics. I just bought mine a few months ago, and i’ve already learned alot.

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    Aug 30, 2009, 12.05 PMby bohemiannow

    wow it looks so nice, and the fitting is wonderful! I tried making one my self this summer but it feels a little loose… what’s your secret?

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      Aug 30, 2009, 12.15 PMby Jodi Wade

      Thanks! Well my first top was too small, the second too big, the third was just right! Like Goldilocks… I think just play around with sizes. And stretch the elastic a little when you sew it on.

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