Kit Bottoms Written Directions

The Kit bottoms are our string tied bikini bottoms, and they're high on the hips and with skimpy coverage. They are very simple to make, making them a great beginner project.

If you prefer video instructions, click on the image below to watch the tutorial:


-Kit Bottoms PDF Pattern

-1/2 yard of swimwear fabric

-Swimwear elastic (recommended for the best fit)

-Seam ripper

-Overlock machine OR zig-zag stitch on a regular sewing machine

Step 1

Assemble your pattern by cutting out the pieces, taping them together, then cutting out the size you would like to make.

Step 2

Cut your pieces. If you want to make your bottoms reversible, make sure to have two different fabrics to use. In total you’ll cut 1 of the front and 1 of the back in EACH fabric. If you’re using one fabric for the bottoms, cut 2 in the front and 2 in the back.

Once you’re done, you should have 4 pieces total- 2 fronts, and 2 backs.

You will also cut 4 straps according to the measurements provided in the pattern.

Step 3

Match your fronts and backs with right sides together. Pin and then sew along the leg holes and waist. If you're using 1/4" elastic, sew it into each of these seams at this step.

Step 4

You're also going to fold your straps in half lengthwise and sew the raw edges together. Attach your elastic on to the straps as well. Afterwards, use a loop turner or safety pin to take the straps to the right side.

Step 5

With both the front piece and back piece still inside out, insert each of the straps into each of the strap openings. Pin, then sew them down to secure.

Step 6

Flip your FRONT piece out to the right side. With your BACK piece still inside out, insert the front piece inside of it. If you do this correctly, right sides should be together since your front piece is right side out and your back piece is inside out. Make sure the straps are tucked inside.

Step 7

With the front piece still inside of the back piece, guide the gussets so they're matched up. Pin across all four layers to secure before sewing. Then sew down across the gusset. This will attach the front piece to the back piece.

Step 8

Now we can take the bottoms to the right side. To do this, seam rip a small hole where the tag would usually be.

Note that the size of the hole in the image below is NOT to scale, ideally make a hole as small as you can while still being able to pull everything through it.

Step 8

Through the hole, pull your bottoms all the way through to bring them to the right side.

Step 9

Now all that's left is finishing off the hole. You can either to a top stitch or you can use an invisible stitch.

That completes the Kit bottoms!

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