1920s Swimsuit

by PatternVault on November 9, 2013 · 7 comments

in 1920s,Swimwear / Sunwear

I made myself a vintage 1920s swimsuit using Vintage Fashion Library 145, which is a reproduction of Simplicity 7041:

Simplicity 7041

Simplicity 7041 via the Vintage Patterns Wiki

I made the one-piece with scoop back, using some lightly textured, black swimwear fabric and matching white fabric for a contrast belt. The repro is a B38, so I needed to grade it down to fit me. I didn’t alter the length of the shorts, only the belt and straps. I added white topstitching along the top and bottom edges of the bodice, with contrasting black topstitching on the white belt.

My wife took some photos of me in the suit at Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion in Toronto’s west end. Worn with a coverup, it’s almost indistinguishable from a playsuit:

I was able to cheat and sew the 1″ buttons directly through the straps:

And yes, you can swim in it! I’m considering making the low-backed view in a lighter swimwear fabric for next summer… I’ve posted more details at my blog, PatternVault.

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Inger November 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Love the shoes. Mind sharing the details?


PatternVault November 9, 2013 at 8:03 pm
Inger November 10, 2013 at 3:40 am

Thanks! And how rude of me! Love your suit too. I would call it a play suit and wear it everywhere!


Rachel November 10, 2013 at 8:08 am

That is way cool! Good job!


Coco November 10, 2013 at 8:23 am

That swimsuit is so cool! I would stroll self-confidently on the beach with that on! Great job! Happy Sunday!
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Pimpinett November 10, 2013 at 8:49 am

Fantastic, and it’s great to see reproductions of these older, pre-WWII bathing suits.


Sarah November 13, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Great suit, plus it’s always a delight to see the Sunnyside Pavilion!


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