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I Made a Retro Swimsuit!

August 6, 2008
My retro swimsuit, on vacation in San Diego!
This is a retro-style suit I made from a self-drafted pattern. It was my first swimsuit and my first attempt at drafting, so it was a long process. I eventually gave up the drafting and just improvised. I documented it in exhaustive detail on my blog, Chronically Uncool. All the posts about this adventure are tagged as “Swimsuit Experiment“.

This is actually a two-piece suit that looks like a one-piece. The little undershorts are separate. I also made a removable bra with huge gel stuffers built in. It’s ridiculous, but effective! All the construction details about the stuffer and (with/without pictures) are mixed in with the rest of the swimsuit experiment posts.

I’ve only been sewing for a year, and I made a wearable swimsuit! If you’re afraid of swimwear, please reconsider! It was a really fun project.
  1. I LOVE IT!!! Congratulations. I’ve long wanted to make my own retro-style suit, but have been hesitant to try. Your success might just give me the confidence I need!

  2. Fabulous. You did great. I have been watching and waiting for you to do this. I followed your journey. Well worth it. Kudos.

  3. Absolutely Fabulous! I really love the print you selected. Now I’m off to read all about it.

    Congrats! I’ve got some cool swimsuit patterns on my site, I just may have to try this myself!

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