Here as promised and I do believe in record time from mouth to blog, a how-to for some alternative straps for those beloved Bombshell Swimsuits. These are just your typical, thin elasticated straps which I've made detachable here but can also be sewn straight on and used on any swimsuit, obviously. There's a bit of a trick to these so don't fret if it all looks quite un-lined-up to start with. Just trust. I literally spent hours staring, like a crazy woman, at a pair of straps on a suit I own trying to figure out what kind of magnificent machine was used to get the elastic inside the straps but also attached to the straps from the inside. Turns out it's not a machine, just some clever placement of elastic and fabric. Read on to find out....
3/8" wide swim elastic
2 x clear plastic g-hooks (is the formal name for those do-hickeys that make bras convertible)
Cut two strips 20" x 1 1/4" of swimwear fabric and two 20" strips of swim elastic. Fold each piece of fabric in half lengthways, right sides facing and with raw edge to the left, mark 1/4" in from the edge.
Sew a 2/8" seam with stretch stitch.
Attach safety pin to one end and pull tube out the right way again.
Lay your suit flat with the front facing you. Take one baby tube with its center seam facing outwards and place over strap marking on suit with raw edges matching. Pin in place. Attach tube to suit with two rows of stitching, one at 2/8" from edge and one at 1/8". Stitch back and forth for reinforcement.
The last step is to make the actual loop. You can see here that I've folded the top of the swimsuit over the elastic ready for the final zig-zag stitching. Fold the baby tube over to make a loop and pin close to the raw edge of the suit. As you zig zag around the whole top of the suit, you'll catch the bottom edge of this little loop. Go back and forth several times over this spot, but making sure it's as close the edge as possible. I learnt the hard way that if you let that stitch creep up then it makes it really hard to get the bloody g-hook in there. Trim off excess fabric.
So that is it. Slide your cute straps into the loops.
Now get out there! Your goods ain't going nowhere...