Pin-Up Girls, Retro Swim Attire!!


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

• Meet the Author • EmeraldErin

Hi! I'm Erin- a 24 year old sewing/crafting/vintage/cooking enthusiast from Ontario Canada! I love blogging about things that I am creating and doing, spending tons of time with my family and getting completely sidetracked on blogs and youtube. Well that just about sums me up!

15 comments… add one

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

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

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

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

  • Aaaw, this is super cute!

  • Super cute:) good job

  • That is really impressive. And flattering!

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

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

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

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

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


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