Pin-Up Girls, Retro Swim Attire!!

by EmeraldErin on March 22, 2014 · 15 comments

in Swimwear / Sunwear


First time poster- long time lurker- but I finally have something that I felt I needed to share!


This swimsuit was made from the Pin-Up Girls 2901 ‘Denise Swimsuit’ pattern, which is one of Beverly Johnson’s patterns. I have actually been lucky enough to take her master swimwear course!! It’s a 2 week course, all about making swimwear, and I just finished my first week of the course!

This is the second swimsuit I’ve made- and after my first, more plain suit, I knew I wanted to go with a vintage vibe for my second (who doesn’t secretly want to be a 50′s bombshell on the beach?).

So out came the flower print and in came the ruching!! This is a princess seamed suit- and I thought it would be perfect for that really retro look- so I added this ruched modesty panel to the center front.

A modesty panel is a piece that comes over the front and is supposed to hide the crotch area- it can go much lower almost like a skirt in the front. As you can see I’m not overly modest and mine stops at the top of the leg, haha, I added it more for the ruching.

What I love so much about this suit- beyond the fabric and the overall bombshell goddess feel- is that it’s really figure flattering, between the princess seams and the ruching over the tum- I’m laughing- well let’s just say that I’m confident enough wearing this that I can post a picture of myself on the internet in a swimsuit (eeek)!

But the really cool part about this swimsuit is the interior construction- this one has a ‘floating bra’ inside that is made with swim foam and regular channeling and underwire. If you don’t know much about Beverly Johnson aka ‘The Fairy Bra Mother’, her real forte is making custom bras and lingerie- so she has really incorporated that into her super supportive and flattering swimwear.

This really helps to give a much shapelier , 50′s hourglass look in a swimsuit!

After this course is over I can’t wait to go home and make swimsuits for all my super busty friends who refuse to go swimming with me because they can’t find swimsuits supportive enough to fit them!

I feel like I can take on any wave in this without any worries of a peek-a-boob incident- this suit isn’t going anywhere!

If you want to know more about this suit, swimsuit construction and this course, I am posting everyday of my course over on my blog!

Also I’m putting all my finished swimsuits up on PatternReview  if you want to know more about the Pin-Up Girl’s patterns!

Why can’t it be summer right now?

xo erin

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

EmSewCrazy March 22, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Ooh this is super cute! Looks great! Welcome to WeSewRetro and good luck with all your swimsuit endeavors!


Stephanie March 22, 2014 at 7:56 pm

Super, super fantastically cute! So jealous that you get to go on one of Beverly Johnson’s courses :)


EmeraldErin March 22, 2014 at 9:11 pm

Thanks for your lovely comments! The course has been amazing, I’m so excited for the second week- there will be many more swimwear endeavors to come!!


Sharon Pickles March 23, 2014 at 4:07 am

This is amazing and I think you must be super talented to make this. I shall hop over and find the fairy bra mother – what a fabulous name! I particularly like the bra insert – a necessity for big booby ladies.


EmeraldErin March 23, 2014 at 8:58 am

Thanks! But you don’t have to be super talented to make this- seriously once you master a couple techniques- like putting the elastic around the legs, they come together pretty quick and simple- I would encourage anyone to make a bathing suit! It is really nice to take a course on it though, just clears any questions up, especially if you are wanting to go outside of the box and add things like the ruching or redrafting the pattern in any way. Beverly is great for that – her blog is ‘Life of a Fairy Bra Mother’ , and her store in Hamilton where she teaches the courses is Bra-Makers Supply — I HIGHLY recommend checking them out if you have any interest in lingerie or swimwear!


Jeanette March 23, 2014 at 11:57 am

Fabulous! I’m off now to find out more about these patterns.


Konstanze March 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Your swimsuit looks amazing! Really, really cute. :)


Marie March 23, 2014 at 6:19 pm

Aaaw, this is super cute!


Bec Stitches March 26, 2014 at 3:29 am

Super cute:) good job


Harriet Bazley March 27, 2014 at 6:24 pm

That is really impressive. And flattering!


EmeraldErin March 28, 2014 at 6:55 pm

Aww- Thanks guys, you make me blush!! :)


Bella March 30, 2014 at 9:42 am

Erin, you look amazing. The suit is so well-made & is very flattering. & you totally channel Rita Hayworth & Mamie van Doren. Thanks for sharing.


Bellis Winter March 31, 2014 at 4:11 am

You are so cute ! I don’t know how it’s possible to sew a swimwear, it looks so difficult !


Michele April 3, 2014 at 1:34 pm

What a lovely swimsuit, wish there was someone doing these lessons in England! Xxx


Katherine May 8, 2014 at 4:08 pm

I thought this was so cool I started stocking Pin-up Girls Patterns in the WeSewRetro shop:


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