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Alterating bathing suit top

woggy | Posted in Fitting on

I would like to purchase a new bathing suit this year. It is a two piece with a tank top and shorts (like running shorts). The problem is I can’t buy separates which would be the ideal purchase. Therefore, in order for the waist and hips to fit me, the bust/cup size is going to be quite large.

I have a curvey figure – broad shoulders plus broad back and broad hips, unfortunately, I am getting the menopausal waist – think slim at one time now adding girth at the sides and hip pads. But my bust has always been small. I am in between an A and B cup. I have what is known as the combination body.

What I want to know is how I can eliminate the large bust area that the foam cups are creating? Any suggestions, websites, books, etc., would really be appreciated.


  1. solosmocker | | #1

    Hopefully someone more knowledgeable on fit will chime in. I know my own issues but have never really fitted others. That being said, wouldn't it be just as simple to cut out those bust cups and replace them with a new pair from one of the chains that is in the proper cup size? I say this because I am assuming the suit is lycra and if it is it should stretch around whatever cup is inserted. Does the neckline fit or does it droop open? That may be a matter of taking up the shoulder seams if thats the case. Just some thoughts to start with.

  2. suesew | | #2

    I agree you could take out the original cups. Simply sewing a strong stretchy fabric in place would give the feel of a soft shelf bra. Think sports bra.

    1. woggy | | #3

      Thanks - didn't think about this one - was hung up on it just being too big!


      1. Teaf5 | | #4

        I agree that removing the lining will help a lot. Someone with an A or B cup doesn't need a lot of support, so even a lightweight knit lining fabric would work well, if you need a lining at all. If you haven't purchased it yet, though, you might want to wait a week or so; stores are just now coming out with a lot more options, including swimsuit separates. Just this week, I purchased a two-piece suit at a discounter, and then saw separates that would match in a major department store on sale for 40% off. Since the bottom of my discount suit is black, I can pick whatever top I like from the other store to coordinate with it.It's wonderful that designers and manufacturers of swimwear have finally realized the needs of more mature women. I gave up looking for flattering suits twenty years ago, but this week I found several that fit and flatter. The variety of options for tops and bottoms is wonderful, and now I can mix and match to have more than just one suit.

        1. MaryinColorado | | #5

          I would buy swimsuit lining, which is available in fleshtones in most fabric stores or online.  Am I allowed to say equilter.com has most fabrics imaginable?  I have been trying to figure out how to add a bracup to readymade or patterns for  some summer tops more "appropriate" for my "more mature" figure.  Just a lining won't do for me for halter type or camisole tops.  My local shops haven't found anyone to give classes on this but you could check at your location.  Mary

          1. woggy | | #6

            Thanks for the info and thanks to everyone who has responded. Will think about all of these options!

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