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DIY Bikini Update: The Pucker Bottom

(Beach buns courtesy of http://www.kaikini.com)

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Panic. It’s swim season. Unless you look like one of these fine ladies above, or are a Reef girl, or have no sense of self, bikini shopping is right up there with having your oil changed…and by oil I mean visiting the Gyno for your annual exam. It sucks. It also sucks when Kate Upton graces the cover of Sport Illustrated in the teeniest bikini ever and looks fab in all of her boob jiggling glory. Le sigh. We can’t all be models. While most bikini’s make us feel fat, they pinch, they ride up, they fall off, and they tell the world that we haven’t been to the gym since our membership ran out in college some bikini’s actually can make you feel better.

Enter: the pucker butt bikini.

Get your hiney ready, because it’s like a Wonderbra for your ass. It defines, lifts, separates and makes those buns look fab. Believe me, it’s time to let that diaper bottom go and fake a great butt. You can even do it with a suit you already own. So do it. Summer’s not going anywhere, and neither are you until you tone up or fake it. Go.

1) Find the sad saggiest pair of bikini bottoms you own…that you still wear and would consider wearing again if they didn’t make your ass look so darn sad.

2) As most non-slutty bikinis are lined with something, pin the two layers together so they don’t wiggle around on you. Then find the center of the rump area and draw a guideline.

3) Cut a strip of 1/4 inch elastic and pin it to the back waistband of your bottoms. You’re going to have to stretch it while you sew so the pin is essential for getting an evenly placed scrunch.

4) If you followed the directions, and stretched the elastic while sewing, it should look something like this. If if doesn’t pucker, you did it wrong. Take the seam ripper and try again. When I say stretch, I mean REALLY stretch, like to the elastics capacity, see how much excess elastic I have at the bottom?

5) Trim the excess bits and marvel at your handiwork. Ta Da! Bikini treat. Now go rock it.

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16 thoughts on “DIY Bikini Update: The Pucker Bottom

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  2. ninety says:

    Love this DIY so much! I just finished mine, it’s so quick and easy and now my bikini bottoms look great! Thanks :)

    • I don’t see why not! I would suggest scrunching only the lower part of the bottom though; only half way up the backside so the scrunch stays small and cute. No one wants to look like they have an unusually long rump. ;)

  3. solie says:

    i see that you used a zig-zag stitch. my machine has a “stretch stitch” feature, would you recommend using that or stick with the original zig zag?
    thanks!

    • Personally I would stick with the zig-zag. I found it was easier to control the tension of the elastic on that setting vs using the stretch stitch. Also, since you’re pulling the elastic as you sew and creating a scrunch, there’s enough stitches in each run to account for any extra stretch you might need. Hope that helps.

  4. Hannah says:

    Could I do this by hand with a thread and needle? I like the idea of the elastic but I don’t own a sewing machine. :)

  5. Tingers says:

    Hi there! I was wondering how much shorter would the height from the top of the bikini bottom back to the crotch be after you added the scrunch? I wanted to do this to a brand new bikini bottom and I don’t know if I should get one or two sizes up from my normal size to accommodate the scrunch? Thanks!

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