(Closed) Swimsuits for the not-so-proportional: alterations?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
2622 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I dont see why an experienced seamstress couldnt alter it. Go for it and see what happens. 

Post # 4
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

What about cutting it up the middle and making it a fly away type?  It would look flown that way.  Or did you want to keep yourself covered?

Post # 5
5400 posts
Bee Keeper

I would contact a seamstress and see what she has to say. If you’re not able to alter the tankini, you could probably find a bikini you like….there are so many options I’m sure you could find something with fuller coverage. I used to be a 34DD+ before I had a reduction so I understand!

Post # 8
1092 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

What brand did you buy, and have you been properly sized for a bra?

Seriously, I walked around saying I was a 32/34Dirty Delete until I got sized- turns out I’m a 30G, and magically the bras in that size actually fit. I found out the same company makes bathing suits and I’ve bit the b $80-a-pop bullet and bought two so far this summer, and they are life-altering. The fact that you’re saying you’re a 36 band size but a 2-6 everywhere else really makes me wonder if you’re wearing the right size.

If you’re buying bra sized tankinis, and the tank is too big, it could very well be because you’re wearing the wrong (too big) band size, because it’s really common for women to compensate for the cups being too small (especially at that “I’m already a Dirty Delete they don’t make them any bigger than this!” level- they do make them bigger, and a LOT of women need to realize cup sizes extend WAY beyond DD). 

I think the first thing to do is get thee to a Nordstroms or other high end department store (stay out of Victoria’s Secret, please) and ask to be sized, and let them bring you stuff to try on. As an aside, you might hate your body less once you’re in the right bra size- it made me look at least 5lbs lighter because suddenly the girls were up and inside my body frame, so they weren’t making me look wider anymore.  Once you get sized in lingerie, take that to the swimwear department and tell them what you’re looking for. No rule says you have to buy it there, since you can probably find it cheaper on Amazon, but it’s worth a shot.

I wear Freya bras and bathing suits, and while I wear the bikinis, they do make tankinis and full coverage bottoms, and they’re easy to find on Amazon in a WIDE range of sizes. If you’re actually like a 32F, the 32 tankini might fit your torso a lot better than the 36, while still giving you coverage and support in the cup.  I haven’t tried them, but Freya also makes bra sized one -pieces.

Post # 9
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have the same situation!  I am 34H (got measured) on top, but a size 6-8 on the rest of me. 

Post # 12
5400 posts
Bee Keeper

@MrsToB:  I am very satisfied with my reduction. I have never once missed having my old breasts, or regretted my decision. If you ever decide to have surgery, make sure to talk to people in your area and find the best surgeon. My scars are very faded, but I’ve seen some that are bright pink years after surgery because the surgeon wasn’t very good. Feel free to PM if you ever want to ask more about it!

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