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1940s Style Swimsuit

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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About the author: I’m an old-fashioned girl with an interest in all things historical. I love sewing, living history, swing dancing and wearing vintage clothing. In my spare time I write poetry and tinker on the piano. I enjoy being as thrifty in my sewing as possible and I hope you gain inspiration from the projects posted here. 🙂 You can find my sewing blog at: www.retrospectsewing.blogspot.com.

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  • Parismegs August 7, 2012, 4:33 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! Love the fabric.

    You have done a great job 🙂

  • Bessie Miller August 7, 2012, 5:13 pm

    Gorgeous!!! You did a great job. Makes me want to go to the beach!

  • youseef August 7, 2012, 6:11 pm

    so nice & good job..i like the color its so pretty…

  • Kat Hardisty August 7, 2012, 6:26 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous! Love the style, the fabric, everything about this. 🙂

  • Isis August 7, 2012, 11:37 pm

    So cute!

  • Lizzy August 8, 2012, 11:56 am

    WOW!!!! and with no pattern??? wow! you did a great job! Love it!

  • Housewife Betty August 8, 2012, 2:10 pm

    I absolutely love this style. I’ve been pondering making something similar, but with a shirred bottom instead of a skirt. I have a huge pile of black stretch velvet I need to use. This turned out so great! I think the fabric really gives it a retro feel. I’m also really happy that full coverage bottoms are back. Having your rear hanging out is so unladylike! Ha!

    Gorgeous work!

  • EmSewCrazy August 8, 2012, 5:05 pm

    Lovely! Wonderful choice of print and pattern!

  • Sarah August 10, 2012, 8:58 am

    Wow this is lovely! You just winged it? Shock!! I would feel so happy wearing that at the beach, I am not a two piece girl!

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