1950s | Swimwear / Sunwear

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March 11, 2012

I apologise in advance.

I bought this fabric last week from an Opportunity Shop and it has been positively screaming at me to make it into something. Visualising beach sunset colours I used it to make Vogue 9749 from 1959, however my family are likening it more to the colours ofย  fake tan and sunburn. Maybe it will fade, or I will only wear it on a cloudy day, or use a much more subdued colour for the coverup, or have another go at it (after all I cut out the drape on the wrong side anyway)

The lining of it was equally as alarming in style, if not in colour! The pattern was complex but not as difficult as I thought it might be.

  1. I love the colors too! Summer is the time to be bright and outgoing. Winter has the dark and stay at home out of the snow colors. I love summer best! Big floppy hat would look good with your suit.

  2. I also love the colors and the style. I say wear it around the house until you’re comfortable with it, then get out to the beach!

    I have found, however, that the bright florescent colors look really well on me only after i’ve tanned somewhat. I save the brightest gaudiest nail polishes for the end of summer.

    I would recommend using a darker color, as opposed to a lighter color, for the coverup- i’d go with an almost-see-thru black, or a dark orange, instead of white/light.

    My 2 cents!

    Thank you for sharing tho! I’ve wanted to do a vintage swimsuit for a long time, but haven’t gotten around to it yet. thanks for the inspiration!

  3. love the suit,love the colors,looks like fun.plan on making my own suits soon (got lots of pattern that aren’t my size)this great inspiration.Love to see your second try and a cover-up.

  4. I think that as long as your skin doesn’t end up matching the fabric you’ll be fine. It’s super cute and totally appropriate beachwear.

  5. I also LOVE these colors (even though they would look awful on me — but great on my husband and daughter)!!! I say wear them loud, proud, and with joy. Disregard your family comments, they just aren’t as evolved as you in regard to color choices. Enjoy your gorgeous suit!

  6. Fabulous! Just don’t get a faux tan … that could be a little scary. However, DO get the big hat, sunglasses, and the cabana boy to deliver the daquiri!

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