I had not planned on sharing this particular project until I realized that I CANNOT be the only one struggling with finding a maternity swimsuit that did not show off MORE than I wanted to show off....so here is the solution I came up with. I now think that this would for sure work with a regular (non-maternity) tankini and I will probably make one of these again for ALL of my future swimsuits.
On with the show.....here is the problem...
I searched online for a maternity swimsuit that was cute AND covering. It did not exist. Trust me I looked. I did not wanna spend 150 bucks on a suit that did not make me the least bit happy, so I spent under 20 bucks on this suit from Old Navy and decided to make my own changes. I loved the fun pattern on this suit (all of the really covering suits were plain black---BORING) I did not see myself wearing these bottoms for 2 big reasons. One---I wanted boy shorts OR a swim-skirt. Neither existed in navy blue. Two--the bottoms sit BELOW the belly---yikes. I had a fear that I would get in the pool and the tankini top would float up and BOOM prego belly in your face. Not Pretty!!!
THE SOLUTION. 1/2 yard of stretchy swimsuit fabric and about 5 minutes. (if you are tall you probably need a little longer piece of fabric)
I had about 3 ideas in my head when I bought the fabric, but when I put the suit on and grabbed the fabric---it all became WAY easier than what I had planned. I took the fabric and wrapped it around my big ole belly. I wanted it to be a little tight so that the fabric was tight across my belly but looser around my thighs and legs. When I decided on the fit I wanted, I added a little for the seam allowance.
Then I basically made the biggest belly band EVER. I sewed the fabric into a tube by sewing right sides togehter along the short sides.
Since the fabric is so stretchy, you don't even need any elastic around the top (plus I decided it would add a bulky waist band around my already bulky belly). Plus without a waist band you have options. You can pull it over the belly (right under the girls) for a short swim-skirt with full belly coverage.
Pull it half up the belly for a little LESS modesty:) I did not even hem the bottom or top edge because
I am lazy there is really no reason too---unless you want.
I hate wearing a swimsuit, but I don't think I will mind wearing this because ALL major parts or TOTALLY covered. Although I CANNOT believe my belly is now out on the internet, I decidedd that IF ONE preggers girl (or a not preggers girl) feels a little happier about wearing a bathing-suit, than it will be worth the belly shot. SOOO GO OUT AND BUY A LITTLE BIT OF SWIMSUIT FABRIC AND cover yourself up:)