In preparation for the release of the Grace Tankini, we’ve been working on some tutorials to go along with the pattern. Today’s post is all about bra cups.
The Grace Tankini has a shelf bra in both views. Adding bra cups to the shelf bra gives more stability and support as well as modesty when wet. First let’s talk about bra cups.
Bra cups for swimwear come in all different types! There are several different shapes including inverted u-shape, oval or teardrop. There are as many different cup sizes as there are for regular bras, but A-DD are the most common. Swimwear bra cups can be found in a molded poly foam or gel filled, both with a knit covering. Also, bra cups can be found in white, black, or nude. Bra cups with enhancing (push up) features can also be purchased.
In choosing what bra cups to use, you should look for a shape and size that matches your bust size and swim fabric. Be sure the bra cups you purchase include the words “for swimwear” so you can be sure they will not retain water or be damaged by chlorine.
Where to Source Bra Cups for Swimwear
You can purchase bra cups online or in your local sewing store. As of this post, bra cups cost between $6 and $15. Some online sources include:
JoAnn Fabrics Dritz Molded Foam Bra Cups
Another tried and true method of sourcing bra cups for swimwear is to harvest them from an old or thrift store swimsuit! They are much cheaper, and in season you can often buy a suit from the thrift store for a dollar or two. If you source your bra cups from a swimsuit, you can be assured they are intended for swimwear and will hold up to chlorine and not retain water.
How to Add Bra Cups to a Swimsuit
Sewing bra cups in to the Grace Tankini (or any shelf bra swimsuit) is easy and rewarding. Watch our video below to watch us sew bra cups into the Grace Tankini and listen for all our little tips along the way!
If you’re looking for more support than a shelf bra with sewn in bra cups offers, try this tutorial from Cashmerette.
Also, watch for a tutorial on how to make your bra cups removable, which is useful if you’ve purchased special/expensive inserts (i.e. mastectomy prosthesis) you want to use in several different suits.
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