Swimsuit shopping: yuck! I'm fairly confident in my body, but hey, I want to wear more than three triangles of fabric! For the last several years I have gone tankini, but this time I decided on this awesome suit:
It's fully lined! What?! (seriously, why don't people line EVERY suit??) Bonus: it was 50% off! Sweet! My only problem was that the v-neck was pretty deep on me... So, time to make some adjustments!
First I put it on and figured out where I wanted the neckline to be.
Next, I cut a rectangle of black, swimsuit material, big enough to span the gap with room to spare.
Next, I turned one edge under a half inch and used my snazzy double needle to hem it.
Tip: ALWAYS sew on the TOP with a double needle, the bottom will be a zig-zag.
(because one bobbin serves two needles, the bobbin thread zig-zags between the two sides)
In an effort to keep this fabric from sagging (thus defeating the purpose) I threaded a quarter-inch elastic through the hem and pulled it just a little bit taunt.
Next, I pinned the black piece to the suit and top-stitched down the existing stitching to hide the seam and attach the added piece.
View from the inside... not perfect, but it worked! Once it was attached I trimmed away the extra fabric and tried it on!
All done and ready for a trip to the pool!