Today we’ve got a special tutorial for you on how to modify the Grace Tankini pattern to allow for removable bra cups. This is useful for breast cancer survivors who may have mastectomy prosthesis to insert into different bras or swimwear, or to allow for any other inserts.
Let’s get started:
Removable Bra Cups Tutorial
Cut out 2 shelf bra fronts from lining fabric. They are pictured above at the top right.
Cut the straps off of one of them. You will do this below the center of the armhole, and across to the neckline, leaving a portion of the neckline intact so you can catch it in the elastic later.
Serge/finish top slanted edges you just cut so they hold up better when inserting and removing bra cups.
Sew together the two shelf bra front pieces with a straight stitch down the center, from the neckline center to the bottom center. See the dotted line in the photo above. This is to help keep the bra cups in place so they don’t migrate around during wear.
Treat the 2 front layers as 1 as you are sewing the suit following the instructions.
When you assemble the shelf bra into the Grace Tankini, you want the side with the cut off shoulder straps touching your body. There will be an opening where you cut off the shoulder straps to insert bra cups or mastectomy prosthesis.
From the outside, the suit looks exactly the same! Above you might notice the other modification made to the Grace Tankini by making it into a cropped two-piece suit!
This tutorial can be used with any swimsuit pattern that has a shelf bra. Of course we recommend the Grace Tankini!
Special thanks to tester Tee Bee for photographing this tutorial.