DIY Tutorial: Make Your Own Ruched Bikini Bottom

Feeling cheeky this summer? Ruched bikini bottoms have been taking over this season because of their amazing ability to help fake that perky, bubble butt that we all covet. You’ve seen them in all the stores and swimwear catalogs. They’ve gotten so popular that wearing a ruched bikini bottom is now practically the standard norm at pool parties and events. Unfortunately, these type of bikini bottoms may flatter the booty, but they do not flatter our wallet. It seems like as bikini bottoms get smaller, the price gets higher.

 

Luckily, we have a solution to give your butt the extra ‘oomph’ that it deserves without breaking the bank to achieve it. This DIY Ruched Bikini Bottom tutorial is a quick and simple way to help give your booty that little lift. Trust us when we say wearing a ruched bikini bottom makes a huge difference. You’re not going to want to go back to regular bikini bottoms once you start scrunching, and you may even find yourself wanting to do the same to all your old and new bottoms. So what are you waiting for, grab a bikini bottom and let’s get started!
 

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What you will need:

  • Bikini Bottom
  • Needle
  • Similar colored thread to your bikini (the stronger the better. You may want to use quilting thread, embroidery floss or fishing line. In this tutorial, we used quilting thread.)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

 

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1. To make things easier, if your bikini bottom is a string bikini, untie it and lay it out flat so that the back section is exposed. If your bikini does not have strings, then flip it inside out.
 

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2. Take your ruler and fold your bikini bottom in half so that you can get an idea of where the center is.
 

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3. After you have gauged where the center of your bikini is, start lightly marking a straight line down the center with your pencil. Try to keep the line as straight and precise as possible.
 

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4. Continue drawing your line until you hit the point where you want to stop the scrunching. Ruched bikini bottoms come in different styles and it’s up to you whether you want a small scrunch or a deep scrunch. If you want just a slight scrunch, then mark your line halfway down the bikini. And if you want a really deep scrunch, then mark your line all the way down.
 

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5. Use a long piece of thread to thread your needle. Make sure to tie a couple of knots at the end of the thread to secure it. Start at the top of the bikini bottom underneath the tag, poke the needle through and pull it out from the other side. You may want to do this several times until you know that the top knot is secured.
 

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6. Sew a running stitch, weaving the needle in and out, along the line you have marked. This will make it easier to sew in a straight line.
 

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7. Try to keep the stitches as evenly spaced apart as possible. Line them apart according how tight you want the scrunching to be. The closer the spaces, the tighter the scrunches.
 

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8. After you have reached the point of where you want your scrunching to end, before you tie your knot, begin pulling the thread slowly while holding down your bikini bottom. Your bikini bottom should start to scrunch with ease as you pull the thread upwards.
 

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9. Sew or tie several knots at the point where you want your ruched bikini bottom to stop scrunching.
 

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Ta-da! And now you have your own ruched bikini bottom that you can wear for tanning on the beach or partying it up at a day club! Will you be trying out this DIY tutorial for the summer? What do you think of ruched bikini bottoms? Would you wear them? We hope you found this DIY tutorial fun and easy to follow. The summer isn’t over yet, so there’s still time to give your old bikini bottoms a makeover. Now grab one and start ruching away! Your booty will thank you later. Don’t forget to check us out next week for more DIY tutorials!

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Simple Bra Solution for Backless Dresses and Tops

Summertime is known for being easygoing, breezy and lighthearted, including its fashion. One of this summer’s hottest trends are backless dresses and tops, which we personally can’t get enough of.  However, when it comes to dressing for a backless dress or top, it can get a little more than complicated. While it’s perfectly acceptable to go bra-less, many of us are uncomfortable with the thought of letting everything hang out.  What are we supposed to do when we want to wear these outfits? The answer to all of your backless dress and top problems comes in the form of the trendy and eclectic 3-strap bra. Today, we have come up with a simple yet stylish D.I.Y. solution for you to rock a backless dress or top for the rest of these hot summer days. It’s classy, edgy and even a little flirtatious. The best part is you may already have these items already lying around your house! Read on to find out how to make these type of bras for backless dresses:

 

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What you will need: 

  • A strapless/convertible bra in your size
  • 3 elastic bra straps or 1/2-inch wide elastic (whichever you have)
  • Needle and thread
  • Fabric scissors

 

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1. Use your bra to measure the length of elastic that you will need. This will vary depending on the band size of your bra. Measure from the inside of the boning at about 1.5 inches where you will be sewing the elastic to the bra. Once you have measured your elastics, cut them according to size.

 

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2. Cut the fabric of the bra about 1.5 inches from the boning. There should be enough space outside the bra’s cups/under wire for you to sew the elastic on to.

 

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3. You should have 3 pieces of elastic, each of them in descending order. The shortest strap will go on the top and the longest one will go on the bottom. The middle piece should measure in between both.

 

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4. Stitch the first strap to the top of the bra from the inside about 1.5 inches from the boning. If you use a black bra with black bra straps/elastic, then the stitching doesn’t have to be too neat, as long as it’s secure. When you are finished, stitch the other side using the same steps. Repeat as necessary until you have finished stitching your bra straps/elastics.

 

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5. After you have finished, you may want to safety pin the straps for more security before trying your new bra on. You do not want to risk have a wardrobe malfunction! Your bra should fit snugly but not too tight, as you will be slipping this on and off.

 

Well, there you have it! What do you think? Simple, yes? Wearing this 3-strap bra looks a lot more chic in a backless dress or top and the best part is that it’s incredibly easy to make. If you ever find yourself in a bind because you don’t have a proper bra to wear with your new backless outfit, this will only take you about twenty minutes at most. Or if you’re more gifted than we are at sewing, then perhaps an even shorter amount of time. So go ahead and try this DIY solution and let us know how you like it. We hope you found this DIY tutorial helpful. Stay tuned for more upcoming DIY tutorials and posts!

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