At the start of every summer, I go through my old bathing suits and get rid of ones that don’t fit or ones that I’m just not a fan of anymore. This way, I can make room for some new suits. When I was going through my old suits, I came across an old halter bandeau that I have had for years. I loved it because it has a halter string that you can take on or off. It had fringe on the front and wasn’t really my style anymore. My mom suggested that I cut the fringe off and see how it would look because I was planning on getting rid of it anyway. I carefully cut the fringe off and had to go back several times cutting to make sure I got all of the fringe off.
Once it was off, it looked like a solid, plain bandeau.
I have always loved how monogrammed bandeaus looked but I have never bought one. I searched on Pinterest and looked at different kinds of monograms on bandeaus and picked one that I loved. Then I took my bandeau to my local monogram shop (for any of you in the Annapolis area I use Blue Heron Bags in the Annapolis Mall). I spoke with someone who worked there and we figured out that we had to leave the padding in the bathing suit because there would be no way to fit it back in after it was monogrammed. That was fine with me! I decided to use black string for a monogram since any light color string would get dirty from our Bay water. Then, I ordered a cute new black scalloped bikini bottom to match the black monogram. I came back two days later to pick it up and I was so happy with it. I love DIY/Upcycle Projects and I’m so glad this one turned out; I was able to make an old bathing suit into a new one!