Bathing suit shopping, so far in my daughter's life has been no more difficult than shopping for my boys. EASY! This year it was downright impossible. We went to 5 stores last night-each more disappointing than the last. None of the suits in the girl's section had any padding up top. For modesty's sake, she needs a little padding. The women's section either looked too old lady or too "girl's gone wild".
Since desperation breeds inspiration, I started thinking that it wouldn't be too hard to sew a bra into the lining of her suit. She even had a bra with a broken strap from last year and an old suit that still fit, so I thought I had nothing to lose.
First, I cut off the polka-dot outer fabric and removed the straps. Then I pinned it to the lining of the suit.
I whip-stitched it into place. Be careful to only sew it to the lining and don't go all the way through the actually suit material.
It worked perfectly!It doesn't show from the front at all. Summer is saved! (yes I know it's only March, but I live in Texas and all of our pools are open) I've seen padded bra cup thingies @ the fabric store and I'm going to get some to sew into a few more of her suits.fashion ideas here.
UPDATE: It worked so well that I did it to another suit. She had an old gray knit bra. I was feeling lazy and didn't remove the gray fabric. MISTAKE. The knit fabric doesn't dry very fast and so I'm going to pick it out and start over, this time removing the gray fabric first.