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Date: 4/23/14 12:00 PM

I am looking to see if anyone can recommend any swimsuit patterns for large busted ladies. I am 6', 34FF and have a hard time finding anything off the rack which lasts.

Fantasie bras and suits fit me well, but the bikinis I have bought from them hardly last a season, and I am not in the water all day... And the support in the top quickly goes which then does me no good...

Tired of paying too much for something that does not last.

I searched the archives and the last post on a pattern of this nature was in 2011, so I thought I would ask again since so much time has passed.

Or does anyone have suggestions on how to take my nice fitting bras and make that into a pattern and how I might keep my suit from loosing support too quickly? The pre molded cups that are easily available are too small and I think add too much to the large endowment I already have...

thanks!

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Date: 4/23/14 12:21 PM

I really recommend learning how to make a bra first and then incorporating that into a swimsuit. I've used the bra patterns and kits from bramakerssupply.com and have been very pleased (with the shelley and linda patterns, specifically). I just got their tankini pattern and am going to be trying that soon. I know folks have also had great success with bravo bella bras (I think that's the site). There's a whole thread on making bras here, which you may find helpful.

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Date: 4/23/14 12:33 PM

After reading the Kwik-Sew book on swimwear, I've been able to make several swim suits with ease. I haven't looked at the book in a long time (it's "deep storage" in the garage - lol) but I'd recommend it to you most definitely.

http://www.amazon.com/Kwik-Sews-Swim-Action-Wear/dp/0913212180

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Date: 4/23/14 12:37 PM

Being able to purchase a RTW bra that fits makes it possible to sew any bathing suit pattern with a Full bust adjustment (FBA). Then you can insert your one of your bras for support. Search the boards for FBA.

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Date: 4/23/14 12:39 PM

I made myself a bikini a couple years ago. I'm a 34G/H depending on brand. I just made myself an old fashioned triangle top bikini with boy short bottoms. I know it doesn't sound like a triangle top would work on a large bust but I find them pretty supportive.

I self drafted the top and made a muslin from cheapo poly knit. I made sure I had FULL coverage! The only difference I did from a normal triangle top was instead of sewing the strap to the top of the triangle, I folded over the triangle and made a channel to thread the strap through the top. This doubled the strap going around my neck for extra support as well.

The boy shorts were drafted from a pair of underwear I liked. I lined everything with that powermesh (or knit lining). I just zigzaged the seams.

I've worn it a ton. We go to these hot springs around here and they are very rough and I didn't want to ruin my uber expensive Fantasie suit.

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Date: 4/23/14 1:15 PM

I don't wear bikinis anymore, but I do make my own tank suits, which have to withstand the rigors of scuba gear and keeping the girls supported while riding speed boat trips through a 3-4 foot sea. (my bra size is 38G)

1) Find a bra that fits the girls and has an elastic band running under the cups. The band size doesn't matter as you'll cut it away.

2) Figure out where the side seam hits under the arm. Then, cut off the back band, leaving about 1-inch of seam allowance. Cut the straps loose at the back.

3) Determine if you'll have enough support. I usually zigzag 1 1/2" elastic to the band, stretching really tight.

4) For even more support, you can zigzag some mesh to the upper cup edges, which will be caught in the neck elastic.

5) Construct the tank and put in the leg elastic. Don't finish the side seam allowances until you have fitted the bra.

6) Try it on, putting the bra underneath. Situate the bra and pin it in place at the side seams. Pin the bra straps at the shoulder seam. If you used mesh, pin the mesh to the neckline.

7) Remove the suit. Zigzag the bra to the sides seams.

8) The mesh and straps will be caught when you add the neckline elastic.



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Date: 4/23/14 1:41 PM

Have you looked at Pin Up Girls Swimsuit pattern? They fit 32-52 busts. I know they have a tankini and one piece... not a bikini, though Her bra patterns are really terrific.

EmeraldErin, who is a fuller busted gal, has reviewed her patterns. She is made a killer strapless version.

Another idea is to take a bra pattern and used it as a bikini top. It depends on the pattern... some look like really cute bikini tops already. Merckwaerdigh has some bra and bikini top patterns that would be cute as a swimsuit tops... it's a matter of figuring out if the sizing is right for you on each pattern.

Jalie has a really broad range of sizes for activewear/swimwear.

Maybe something can be a cute bikini top from them that is a good fit?!

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Date: 4/23/14 1:54 PM

Wow! This is the single best detailed description I've ever seen. What a keeper. Many thanks since I'm a 36 G + by "measuring" and often have trouble getting a bra to fit. Bathing suits- forget it! I took a bra class with Monica of Bravo Bella; even with her measuring and trying on her huge bra size-range, we had to custom make the cups. I finally got the fit right. With that pattern and your instructions I feel armed to tackle a bathing suit. I may be back with a question or two.

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Date: 4/23/14 2:04 PM

You are definitely on the right track in starting with a bra base.

Back to Kim's bikini top design............I've been seeing something called scuba fabric. Wonder about the potential for using that in Kim's design with a curved dart at the bottom of the triangle to help form a cup.

Did you happen upon the swimwear sew-a-long from 2013? I bumped it so it should show in your recent unread posts.

Example of scuba knit
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Date: 4/23/14 6:43 PM

100 thumbs up on your instructions!

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