How To Make Bikini Bottoms High Waisted—7 Simple Methods
Yaz Bottom in Sage Green
Summertime is finally here, which means it’s time to start thinking about swimsuits! Whether you’re headed to the beach, the pool, or just lounging around in your backyard, a good bikini is essential. But if you’re not into the typical low-rise bottoms, don’t worry—it’s easy to make your bikini bottoms high-waisted.
When it comes to high-waisted swimwear, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure the fabric is stretchy enough to accommodate your waist without being too loose or saggy.
Second, look for a style that has a thick band or waistband—this will help ensure that your bottoms stay in place and don’t ride up. And finally, choose a style that flatters your figure—this will help you feel confident and look your best.
Not sure where to start? Here are seven simple methods:
Method One: Sewing
Red high waisted bikini
If you know how to sew, this is the easiest way to make high-waisted bikini bottoms. Simply find a pattern (or alter an existing one) to add a few inches to the waistband. Then, cut out your fabric and sew it together following the pattern instructions. Voila—you’ve got yourself a pair of high-waisted bikini bottoms!
Step One: Find a Pattern or Alter an Existing One
To make high-waisted bikini bottoms, you’ll need to start with a pattern that has a waistband that sits at your natural waistline. If you don’t know how to sew, you can find patterns specifically for high-waisted bikini bottoms online or at your local craft store. Or, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can alter an existing pattern to add a few inches to the waistband.
Step Two: Cut Out Your Fabric
Once you have your pattern, it’s time to cut out your fabric. For this project, you’ll need two pieces of excess fabric—one for the front of the bikini bottom and one for the back.
Step Three: Sew It Together
Now it’s time to put your high-waisted bikini bottoms together! Begin by sewing the two pieces of fabric together at the sides, then move on to the waistband. When you’re finished, try them on to make sure they fit properly.
Method Two: Use an Elastic Band
If you want to make your bikini bottoms extra high-waisted, you can use an elastic band. Simply take a long strip of elastic and sew it around the top edge of your bottoms. Make sure that the elastic is tight so that it will hold up your bottoms well.
Step One: Cut a long strip of elastic that is about 1” wide.
First, you will need to cut a long strip of elastic that is about 1” wide. You can use a measuring tape to make sure that the strip is the right size.
Step Two: Sew the elastic around the top edge of your bottoms.
Next, you will need to sew the elastic around the top edge of your bikini bottoms. Start by sewing one end of the elastic to the fabric. Then, stretch the elastic around the edge of the swimsuit fabric and sew it down again. Repeat this process until you have sewn the entire strip of elastic around the top of your bottoms.
Step Three: Try on your bottoms to make sure they fit well.
Finally, you should try on your bikini bottoms to make sure that they fit well. If the elastic is too loose, you can sew it tighter. If the elastic is too tight, you can cut it and sew it back together so that it is looser.
Method Three: Sew on Some Lace
Ria Xama High Waist Botom
Another way to make your bikini bottoms high-waisted is to sew on some lace. You can find lace fabric at most craft stores. Simply cut a strip of lace that is the same width as the bottom of your bikini bottoms. Sew the lace onto the bottom of the bikini bottoms, making sure to line up the edges (ie. in the seam allowance).
Step One: Measure Your Lace
First, you will need to measure your lace. Cut a strip of lace that is the same length as the bottom of your bikini bottoms.
Step Two: Sew the Lace Onto the Bikini Bottoms
Once you have your strip of lace, simply sew it onto the bottom of your bikini bottoms. Make sure to line up the edges of the lace with the edges of the bikini bottoms.
Step Three: Trim the Lace
Once you have sewn the lace onto the bottom of your bikini bottoms, you will need to trim it. Trim the lace so that it is even with the bottom of the bikini bottoms.
Step Four: Enjoy Your New High-Waisted Bikini Bottoms!
That's it! You now have a pair of high-waist bikini bottoms. Enjoy your new swimwear and feel confident knowing that your bottom is covered.
Method Four: Use a Bikini Bottom with a Higher Waistline
Brana Sicilia High Waist Bottom
If you don't want to make any alterations to your bikini bottoms, you can always buy a pair that already has a higher waistline. This is a great option if you're short on time or if you're not confident in your sewing skills. Just make sure to try them on before you buy to ensure they fit properly and provide the coverage you're looking for.
Step One: Determine the Right Size
Bikini bottoms come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so it's important to find a pair that fits you well. If you're unsure of your size, take some time to try on different styles and brands until you find a good fit. Once you've found a style you like, make note of the size so you can buy it again in the future.
Step Two: Choose a Color and Pattern
Now that you know what size you need, it's time to start thinking about color and pattern. If you already have a bikini top that you love, try to find bottoms that match or compliment it. If you're starting from scratch, think about what colors and patterns you're drawn to and start from there.
Step Three: Consider the Fabric
The fabric of your bikini bottoms can also have a big impact on the overall look and feel of your swimsuit. If you want a more flattering look, opt for a thicker fabric that will hold everything in place. If you're looking for something more comfortable, choose a lighter fabric that will dry quickly.
Step Four: Find a High-Waisted Bottom
Once you've considered all of the above factors, it's time to start shopping for high-waisted bikini bottoms. You can find these styles from a variety of brands, both in-store and online. Try to find a pair that ticks all the boxes in terms of fit, fabric, and style so you can enjoy your swimsuit all season long.
Method Five: Sew a Band onto Your Bikini Bottom
If you're handy with a needle and thread, you can easily sew a band onto your bikini bottom to create a high-waisted look. Simply measure the width of your waist and cut a strip of fabric that is twice as wide.
Fold the strip in half lengthwise and sew crotch seam it along the long edge (ie. in the seam allowances), then turn it right side out. Next, try on your bikini bottom and use a safety pin to attach the band around your waist, making sure that the band is positioned where you want it to sit. Once you're happy with the placement, remove the safety pin and zig zag stitch the band in place.
Method Six: Add a Belt
Another easy way to make your bikini bottom high-waisted is to add a belt. Simply:
Start with a high-waisted bottom that you already own or purchase one from a store. If you are making your own, follow the directions in method one.
Put on the bottom and cinch it in at the waist with a belt. The belt should be tight enough to stay in place but not so tight that it is uncomfortable.
Wear the bottom for a few minutes to make sure that you are comfortable with the fit and that the belt stays in place.
If everything looks good, you can wear your new high-waisted bottom out in public! Just be sure to adjust the belt as needed throughout the day.
Method Seven: Tie a Sarong
A sarong is a great way to get a high-waisted look without having to make any alterations to your bikini bottoms.
Start by tying the sarong around your waist, making sure it is tight enough that it will stay in place but not so tight that it is uncomfortable.
Once you have the sarong tied at your waist, take the end that is hanging down and bring it up between your legs through the leg holes.
Tuck the end of the sarong into the waistband of the sarong, making sure that it is secure.
You can now adjust the sarong so that it covers as much or as little of your bottom as you like.
If you want, you can also tie the sarong in a bow or knot at the front for extra security.
There are plenty of ways to make bikini bottoms high-waisted—it just takes a little creativity. With these seven methods, you can achieve the look you want without spending a lot of money or time. So go ahead and experiment until you find a method that works best for you.
Tips to Keep in Mind
Yaz Bottom in Leopard Print
When shopping for high-waisted bikini bottoms, keep the following tips in mind:
If you're unsure of your size, try on a few different pairs before you buy.
Consider the fabric of your bottom as well as the color and sewing pattern.
If you're sewing a band onto your bottom, make sure that the band is positioned where you want it to sit.
Make sure to sew the bra cups to the lining piece with zigzag stitch for a strong seam.
Use a belt or sarong to create a high-waisted look if you're headed to the beach or pool.
Experiment with different methods until you find one that works best for you.
What to Consider Before You Start?
Now that you know how to make bikini bottoms high-waisted, it’s time to consider a few things before you start.
Pick the right bottom. Not all bikini bottoms are created equal. Some will lend themselves better to a high-waisted look than others. For example, boy shorts or cheeky bottoms are not going to work as well as a basic triangle bottom.
Consider your top. You’ll want to make sure your top coordinates with your new high-waisted bottom. A bandeau top or crop top works well with high-waisted bottoms.
Get the right size. This is especially important if you’re buying a new bottom. Make sure you try it on before you make any alterations. You don’t want to end up with a bottom that’s too small or too big.
Have the right supplies. In addition to a bikini bottom, you’ll need scissors, a needle and thread (or a sewing machine), and some fabric glue.
Choose your fabric wisely. If you’re going to be adding fabric to your bottom, make sure it’s a similar color and/or pattern. You don’t want your new high-waisted bottom to look like a patchwork quilt.
With a little creativity and some basic supplies, you can easily make any bikini bottom high-waisted. Whether you’re headed to the beach or pool, or just want to rock the look for fun, there’s a method that will work for you. So go ahead and experiment until you find the perfect solution.
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With love, the Ishine team.