I make competition posing suits for body builders. This one is for the bikini category. Others are women's physique and figure. The different categories require different shaped suits.
For this bikini, I started out with a purchased underwire bra that I took apart. When taking the bra apart I am careful to record the angles of the straps and the bridge in the center of the cups. I need this information for when I reconstruct the bra.
I cover the foam bra cups with spandex and then sew them back together. The straps are made from rhinestone connectors I purchase from a supplier in NYC.
The bottoms are from a self drafted pattern made specifically for this competitor. Each person has their own preferences, and I make a new pattern for each one.
I started making these suits about 6 years ago. The sport is growning more and more each year. This is a true labor of love for me.