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My (male) cousin is looking for a vintage one piece bathing suit…you know the kind that looks like a wrestling uniform. I told him if I could locate a pattern I’d make him one. Any ideas on finding such a creature? I’m not having any luck so far. Thanks in advance!

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Lisette June 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm

I actually bought a pattern for that specific use, although I haven't made it up yet.
It is this pattern: http://vintagepatterns.wikia.com/wiki/Simplicity_9432

There's one available here:
http://cgi.ebay.com/1970s-Mens-Super-Jiffy-Sleeveless-Jumpsuit-36-/390178421497?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5ad8723af9

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Sassy Lassies Vintage Life June 17, 2010 at 7:54 pm

OMG…don't have a pattern but went to the site Lisette suggested. Oh dear…who could have drawn those illustrations with a straight face…and mister brown jumpsuit looks like an old boyfriend of mine. Gosh this made me smile. sorry if I am not any help in finding you a pattern. I DO have photos of my grandfather wearing one in like 1919.

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KID, MD June 17, 2010 at 8:22 pm

It's not vintage, but Jalie makes a wrestling singlet. Their patterns are quite excellent.

http://www.jalie.com/men-s-and-boys-leotard-and-singlet-biketard-sewing-pattern.html

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Anonymous June 18, 2010 at 7:59 am

if you look closely Jalie has carefully concealed the front view of these singlets.Personally I think you need to be careful when making one as .Ahem the guy could be showing too much of his package in these !

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anova June 18, 2010 at 10:37 am

I just saw this posted this morning:

http://vandehistoric.blogspot.com/2010/06/again-from-1926.html

I believe you can purchase copies of the patterns from her. Looks like it might be in German, though…

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geogrrl June 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm

If you know anyone who knits, they could try this one:

http://www.vintagepurls.net.nz/Downloads/ViyellaKnittingBk3BathingCostume.pdf

Knitted bathing costumes–100% wool–were common at the time.

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geogrrl June 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm

If you know anyone who knits, they could try this one:

http://www.vintagepurls.net.nz/Downloads/ViyellaKnittingBk3BathingCostume.pdf

Knitted bathing costumes–100% wool–were common at the time.

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geogrrl June 21, 2010 at 11:26 pm

You could also try this one. During the 1920s, men's and women's swim costumes were quite similar. This may work, with slight modifications.

http://vintagefashionlibrary.com/inc/sdetail/4588

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