Dollar Store Swimsuit Refashion

We were in the dollar store a few weeks ago, and I found this cute swimsuit on sale for $8. I was needing a new swim top and I wondered if I could make this one work for me even though it was a size 2X (I usually wear a medium/large on top).
I tried it on in the store over my clothes (right there in the aisle!). I didn’t want to buy it if it was too tight. Too big I can fix, but there’s nothing I can do if it’s too tight. To my surprise, it fit pretty well.
And it came with these bikini bottoms (which I knew I wouldn’t wear). I realized that there would be enough fabric in these to fill in the neckline (trust me, the top was veeerrrrry inappropriate and revealing when I tried it on at home!).
All I did was cut the side seams of the bikini bottoms:
And then I used them to fill in the neckline. I raised it up quite a bit.
 After cutting up the bottoms, I carefully pinned where I wanted this extra fabric to be:
Then I carefully sewed it down. I also sewed the halter ties down to make a criss-cross back. This gave me a lot more support and made the top more comfortable, also. 
I’m very happy with my new swim-top, which only cost $8 and about half an hour of work. I love that I can bend over and I’m still completely covered!
I wear it with the black leggings I made with this swimsuit, and a swim skirt my mother-in-law bought for me last summer (for $5!).
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  1. Its so hard to find affordable modest suits! This is such a great idea. I'll definitely be keeping an out at our local dollar store!

  2. What a great idea! You made a really good job of this. I am pinning it for future reference. Thank you for sharing your idea.

  3. Wow! It looks great and you matched the pattern perfectly! I would have never thought to do this! Necessity really is the mother of invention! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Carol! My oldest daughter was really impressed (after thinking I was crazy as I tried the swimsuit top on in the store!). She said, "Hey, let's go shopping for more cheap swimsuits you could re-do!" 🙂

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