So excited to post this! I was really inspired by pictures of swimsuits from the 40s and especially loved the two-piece ones with the halter tops and little skirts.
Before I started work on this swimsuit I was terrified of sewing with stretch fabrics and even more intimidated by making an actual swimsuit but it all turned out well and I couldn’t be more pleased!
I didn’t use a pattern; just sort of winged it. Olivia’s swimsuit eBook was a big help with the basics of swimsuit sewing. The halter top is all rectangles and was built simply over one of my old bras. The skirt is a half-circle that I drafted and the undies were traced from a pair of my grandma’s swim shorts from the late 1950s.
The spandex came from Spandex World. I love the print and think it looks really vintage but I wasn’t pleased with their customer service. I just couldn’t resist this fabric, though. I love the combination of vintage style and modern convenience/comfort.
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