1940’s Swim Suit Project

Hello Sew Retro-ers,

It has been waaaay too long since I last posted on Sew Retro.  In fact, last time I posted it was at the old site!

I began working on this swim suit about two months ago.  It is currently at a standstill, because shortly after I started the project I found out that I was expecting and started feeling rather exhausted and queasy (woo-hoo!).  However I am excited to pick this back up now that I am feeling better.

The sewing pattern is Simplicity 1612, which dates back to the mid-1940’s.

I actually have everything together now.  The only thing left to do is finish hand-sewing the eyelets into the side tabs of the front and back bottoms.  I love hand working eyelets and buttonholes, but boy, it sure does take awhile!  So far I have one tab done.  That leaves 27 more eyelets to stitch.

When I began this project, I had no idea that I was pregnant.  I think I might still be able to swing this, though, as the bottom front is extremely ruched and is accented by a band of elastic cased in the middle.  This might work with my smallish baby bump this summer.  It just might.

The suit was really easy to put together.  I love the criss-crossed back straps.  Oh yeah, I still need to put some buttons on the top…

You can see some more pictures at my blog. :)


• Meet the Author • Bessie M.

My name is Bessie, and I am a seamstress and vintage fashion enthusiast. My mother taught me to sew when I was a wee little girl, and I have been hooked ever since. I began using vintage patterns back in 04' or 05' when I stumbled across a box full of vintage patterns for $5. Now vintage patterns are all that I use. :) I teach piano and sewing lessons and run my own Etsy shop, Bessie Miller Vintage, through which I sell vintage sewing patterns, vintage clothing, and other vintage awesomeness that I find here and there. You can check out my shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BessieMillerVintage?ref=si_shop Bessie Miller Vintage Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bessie-Miller-Vintage/229397830509860

6 comments… add one

  • Oh my goodness! I am making that same suit for my 15-year old daughter. I love the bottoms.

    • How cool! I hope yours is coming along well! :)

  • What type of fabric did you use. I find if you use traditional bathing suit fabric it can be very frustrating. Maybe because I’ve only been sewing for a couple years but, the rolling!

    • I used regular old cotton. :) Thought I’d be authentic about it!

  • Love it! You have such patience!!!

  • I love this one!! I really want to find this pattern or try to draft it my self. Great work! I love that you went for cotton.


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