How Hack a High Waist Swimsuit Bottom

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High waist swimsuits are a fun way to bring a bit of retro styling to your swimwear. They’re also a great on-trend way to make your swimsuit just a bit more modest. It’s easy to hack your swimsuit pattern into a high-waist bikini bottom regardless of whether you’re starting from a one-piece pattern or a low rise bikini.

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If you’re starting from one piece pattern, it’s as simple as slicing across the pattern on the front and back pieces where you want the waist to be. The few things to keep in mind:

  1. Remember that you have to finish the top of the suit so cut it higher than you want the finished to be (or lower if you want to add a waistband). If you are attaching elastic and folding it to the inside (like most swimsuit finishing techniques) it will only change by 1/4″ but other techniques (like the finished edge technique I used on this sample) can have a larger effect.
  2. You can choose between scooping the front and slicing straight across. Both will have slightly different finished looks on your body and you may like one or the other better. I personally prefer a scoop on my low rise but a straight line on my high waist but it’s a personal preference.
  3. Make sure that the side seams are the same length between front and back with your slice. Or for a quick and dirty approach, start sewing from the bottom up and then trim any excess at the top.

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If you’re starting from a bikini pattern, continue the line of the suit up from the top the same amount on front and back. A few things to keep in mind:

  1. Remember that you have to finish the top of the suit so cut it higher than you want the finished to be (or lower if you want to add a waistband). If you are attaching elastic and folding it to the inside (like most swimsuit finishing techniques) it will only change by 1/4″ but other techniques (like the finished edge technique I used on this sample) can have a larger effect.
  2. You can choose between scooping the front and slicing straight across. Both will have slightly different finished looks on your body and you may like one or the other better. I personally prefer a scoop on my low rise but a straight line on my high waist but it’s a personal preference.
  3. Pay attention to the shape of your body when drawing the lines up from the top of the suit bottom. My body tapers significantly from hip to waist to I draw a tapered line but if you have a different body shape you might want less of a taper or no taper at all.

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You can add any additional height you want. I went super-retro with this hack and added many inches, but sometimes an inch or two can make a major difference in the look and feel of the suit.

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