Thursday, August 28, 2008

But what if?

What if you only want part of your top lined? Can you do that? I don't see why not. This top had a nice lacey look that I chose not to cover with a fabric liner. It made for some interesting tan lines. So, I simply cut the fabric smaller than the actual bra cup and sewed it in the area I wanted to line. I tucked in the edges of the fabric the usual 1/2 inch and had no problems with it.

I still used safety pins to hold the fabric in place while I hand stitched the liner in.

Once I succeeded in getting a liner in, I relaxed and started having fun with making crocheted bikinis. You can, too!

Later Gater,

Your Sandi

Lining your crocheted bikini top

After you crochet the top, lay the fabric of your choice over the crochet and cut fabric about one inch larger than the part you want to line. Pin in place with safety pins. Check to be sure you have it pinned to the inside of the top.

Tuck the fabric in about 1/2 inch as you hand stitch the liner in place. Start at the bottom and work your way up one side to the top. Start back at the opposite side of the bottom and work your way up that side.

Remove pins. Your top is now fully lined. Congratulations you did it!

Putting a liner in your crochet bikini

This is the inside of a string bikini bottom that I crocheted. The liner is important if you plan to wear one in public. Plus, if you plan to make and sell crocheted bikinis, you will sell a whole lot more with a liner in place. Since people will pay twice as much for one that is lined, you can see the value in learning how to put one in.
First you crochet the bikini. Then you take the fabric you want to line it with and cut it out about one inch larger than the crocheted piece. Using safety pins, pin the liner to the inside of the suit.
Hand sew the liner in, starting in the crotch area. Fold the fabric under about 1/2 inch as you stitch your way up and around to the waist. Stop. Go back to the crotch area and begin sewing the opposite side up to the waist. Continue in this manner until the entire leg opening has been stitched. Then sew the waist.