Spruce up your Suit for the 4th!Add Ruffles to your Bikini Top DIY


this will work for a one piece as well …or bandeaux along the top

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…make sure to stitch along seam of top so you can remove it if you want to
…also don’t stitch on top of the gather stitch.
…trim any area you don’t like …this material will not fray.

…Voila!
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I usually wear triangle tops but decided to try something new {bikini is from Victoria’s Secret} …but when I got it, I didn’t love the way it looked. I can’t put my finger on it but I think it’s something my cousin would call “marmi” …lol.

The old bottoms I cut up have actually never been worn even though I’ve probably had them since 2004 …didn’t like the way they looked. So technically, the material was brand new. I would have loved the ruffles to be a different color like purple or peach but the only suit I was willing to cut up was black.

I’m pretty sure there is enough material to ruffle the front of a pair of bottoms but the ones I wear with this top {seen above} are resizable …more of an 80’s style …so I can’t stitch anything to them ….but it would be super cute on a pair of classic bottoms or string bikini. I love the way the top turned out. I’m definitely wearing it on the 4th. Fun!

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

59 Comments

  • TeachingInHeels

    July 2, 2009 |

    Adorable ruffle bikini!! 🙂

  • erinlovesdesign

    July 2, 2009 |

    very cute! I love the ruffle top.

  • TeeTee

    July 2, 2009 |

    ooh… i have to try this!

  • Emily

    July 2, 2009 |

    great ideas!

  • Jill Pilgrim

    July 2, 2009 |

    Oh my God, you are my fashion hero. Is it possible for me to hire you to dress me?

  • Diana

    July 2, 2009 |

    hey! where’s the bottom!
    JK!! i love this idea so much! i just saw a jcrew ruffled one piece for wayyy too much but this, i could do!

  • Diana

    July 2, 2009 |

    hey! where’s the bottom!
    JK!! i love this idea so much! i just saw a jcrew ruffled one piece for wayyy too much but this, i could do!

  • shortmama

    July 2, 2009 |

    Are you freakin kidding me??? So cute!

  • Iva

    July 2, 2009 |

    oh Maegan, I forgot to tell you, Donatella called and she wanted to know if you wouldn’t mind taking over Versace. ok. cool. I have no idea how you create these DIYs
    …love Maegan is an entire corporation. I’m going to stop saying how amazing each one is. You just are a whole class all on your own. I’m speechless.

    <3

  • Tara Gibson

    July 2, 2009 |

    you need to be discovered! : ) so talented!

  • Lily G.

    July 2, 2009 |

    Awesome!!! Love it.

    liliesandgrapes.blogspot.com

  • Little House on Green

    July 2, 2009 |

    You are amazing with your DIY creations, all so fabulous. I love this ruffle bikini top!

  • ~Mrs. Guru~

    July 2, 2009 |

    Love it! Seriously, what is your workout routine?

  • Zarna

    July 2, 2009 |

    this is amazing! i’m going to have to try this…i’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

    -zarna
    http://zarnasrunway.blogspot.com

  • Megan

    July 2, 2009 |

    This is probably my favorite DIY!! Awesome job girl 🙂

  • Perfectly Imperfect

    July 2, 2009 |

    That looks amazing. I feel like I’ll mess this up big time. But it looks great!

  • Aartee

    July 2, 2009 |

    What a great idea!! How do you come up with this stuff??

  • R.C.

    July 2, 2009 |

    awe.some. Ruffle me up!

  • Diary of a Young Designer

    July 2, 2009 |

    Great tutorial!! Definitely gonna try it out!

    xo
    Sophie

  • smile steady

    July 2, 2009 |

    What a great idea! It looks awesome!

  • diane

    July 2, 2009 |

    You never cease to amaze me, this is a very cool idea!

  • Allison Champion

    July 2, 2009 |

    Meagan – I’m still working on the DIY Louboutin’s – but you’re incredible! Serioulsy – my dream is to move to LA and be fashionable and successful, and you’ve accomplished it all. I admire you and your vintage/DIY skills! You’re amazing (as I’m sure you know)…I hope we can become bloggie friends!

  • a frock a day

    July 2, 2009 |

    Adorable! I have a black swimsuit exactly like this that needs some sprucing!

  • Midtown Girl

    July 2, 2009 |

    you’ve inspired me to to a DYI on a pair of Loubies I just sold on ebay! Hoping it comes out half as good as yours – so0 talented chick! xoxo

  • TERI REES WANG

    July 2, 2009 |

    Okay, so …
    you are so sweet, and cute, and really talented but, you are way to ambitious! ;P

  • OceanDreams

    July 2, 2009 |

    You are a talented lady! I agree, the suit looks so much better after! So cute!

  • Nadine

    July 2, 2009 |

    This is really a nice idea. I think I’ll have to try it, too.

  • Suzanne

    July 2, 2009 |

    it’s a very nice time to try for me, to learn sewing better 🙂
    xx

  • janettaylor

    July 2, 2009 |

    so cool as always! YAY!

    XoXo

  • hiking in stilettos

    July 2, 2009 |

    So adorable! You are so very creative! I just found your blog, and I loved reading all of the DIY posts. I will definitely be doing some of them this weekend. Thanks for sharing! Love your blog!

  • DarlingSummer

    July 2, 2009 |

    omg…u are so talented and creative…love love your blog.i’m your new follower *blush*

    Summer

  • Maverick Malone

    July 2, 2009 |

    Nice DIY 🙂 Love this…really cool 🙂

  • Jen

    July 2, 2009 |

    This could NOT be any cuter! love…

  • Mrs. Lovers Knot

    July 2, 2009 |

    You come up with such great DIY ideas. I love it!

  • TheBeautyFile

    July 2, 2009 |

    h.o.t.!!! you totally blow my mind with these DIYs!

  • Jules

    July 2, 2009 |

    Damn – you are definitely crafty! I need some talent!

  • alicevr

    July 2, 2009 |

    you’ve got talent! Lovely bikini!

  • MartiniOnTheRocks

    July 2, 2009 |

    i am so in love with ur blog!!! u are amazing and creative… i might try some of ur ideas aswell! greetings from la france!!!

  • Penny Lane

    July 2, 2009 |

    you are such an artist ^^!

    PL ♥

  • K @ Blog Goggles

    July 2, 2009 |

    Haha, I can’t imagine calling you marmi. And if we did, it would be a compliment 🙂

  • graceful nichole

    July 2, 2009 |

    SHUT UP with that bikini! Amazing!

  • anhesty

    July 2, 2009 |

    great job maegan!!!!!!

  • alyssa

    July 2, 2009 |

    that is genious!!!

  • Anonymous

    July 2, 2009 |

    You are super talented!! LOVE the top look gorgeous!

  • Ana Paula

    July 2, 2009 |

    Very cute.

  • Meghan

    July 2, 2009 |

    That’s so stylish and cute. Think I’m going to give it a try to the swimmie this weekend. Thanks 🙂

  • Wanderlusting

    July 2, 2009 |

    I know what you mean about those kinds of tops…matronly? Anyway, you sure sexified it up – loves it!

  • Pretty Little World

    July 2, 2009 |

    So cute! I’m completely smitten with how you make absolutely adorable and fashionable things…the headbands, belts, and now bathing suits?!

    Fabulous.

  • tanya

    July 2, 2009 |

    brilliant! I love it.

  • down and out chic

    July 2, 2009 |

    oh wow, i wasn’t sure where we were going for a sec and i love it! it looks fantastic!

  • Rachel@oneprettything.com

    July 2, 2009 |

    You’re my hero.

  • ZombieLace

    July 2, 2009 |

    This is fabulous!!! You won’t believe that I’ve been fantasizing about doing something like this to one of my bikini bottoms to spruce it up. Now I know exactly how!

  • ZombieLace

    July 2, 2009 |

    This is fabulous!!! You won’t believe that I’ve been fantasizing about doing something like this to one of my bikini bottoms to spruce it up. Now I know exactly how!

  • Kellie

    July 2, 2009 |

    So cute! I am under the influence that ruffles make everything better. At least they do in my book! 🙂

  • Hanako66

    July 2, 2009 |

    you are amazing! just when I think you have topped out on awesome diy’s, you come up with this…LOVE it!

  • The Cottage Cheese

    July 3, 2009 |

    Wow, great bikini makeover! You’re so talented. I wish I could sew…

  • tugba

    July 3, 2009 |

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    turkey- istanbul

  • casserole

    July 3, 2009 |

    Brilliant!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-add-a-ruffle-to-a-bikini-top/2009/07/03/
    –Anne

  • *Diane*

    July 7, 2009 |

    you are amazing! seriously…where do u come up w/ this stuff…? i really want to try this, but i’m pretty sure mine will come out foolishly..lol