I love all the images of bathing beauties from the 1920’s – so I thought I might have a go at sewing one with a pattern from 1926.
I haven’t had much experience in sewing with knit or stretch fabric, but I thought I could manage with this piece of really heavy ink-navy t-shirt cotton – it really didn’t have much stretch at all thankfully (just rolled a lot at the edges until they were over-locked). The contrast fabric was a lighter knit fabric with a faux-animal skin print.
The skirt is really twirly – it makes a full circle when laid out:
Not sure how it will go when fully wet, the fabric already makes the bathing suit quite heavy…but then, I daresay most of the Sennet Beauties didn’t really go for a swim either. Even the bloomers are pretty substantial!