Last week, before heading north, I was worrying about what in the world I would wear if we went swimming. This is when you laugh. Remember? It rained all weekend and temperatures hovered in the 50's. Anyways, the tankini that I had used last year was too big considering well, uh, Adrian is nearly two now so um, anyways, it was too big.
I have had this bikini for years that still fits but, that was it. I also had a tankini that I though might work but nope, way too big, I don't know how it ever fit. And considering the way it was constructed, I couldn't just resize it to make it work. So, I combined the two!
I chopped off the bottom of the tankini and brought the side seams in a little bit, then I sewed it to the bikini top. I pulled the straps around to the back and pinned them together, cutting off the excess fabric. I sewed the new 'band' to the back of the tankini. Now it looks like this:
I did add a few more rows of stitching to make sure it would lay right, it looks a little bumpy in this picture but when I'm wearing it, the band lays flat. I messed up on the back so I'm not showing a picture...when I pinned the straps together I didn't pay attention to whether they were in the middle so it's uneven and one part is thicker than the other (picture the way a swimsuit strap tapers). I was trying to figure out a way to fix it since I already cut the fabric but in the end I decided that I really didn't care enough to redo it. My whole idea was that I didn't want to spend money on a new swimsuit this year. Goal accomplished!