1930s | 1940s | Swimwear / Sunwear

Glamour Swimsuit

June 16, 2015

Hi All!

Long time no-post here- I’ve been so busy over on my blog with my Bra-A-Week Challenge, making up lingerie and swimwear. But I made a very vintage swimsuit this week that I knew I had to share with you all! It is a one-piece suit, with a ruched front modesty panel and triangle cup-top, and the back is a non-ruched modesty panel with cut out-details!

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I got the inspiration for this suit from my two of my biggest girl crushes: Lana Del Rey and Kiera Knightly. The front is inspired by this suit worn by Lana (not sure what it was from, could just be a photo shoot) and the back is inspired by the suit that Kiera Knightly wore in the movie Atonement (could I just have all of her clothes from that movie please??)

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I made it using this delicate printed swimwear fabric (because I’m not daring enough to actually wear white swimwear), and used some large brass coloured rings in the back for the details!

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This was an entirely self-drafted pattern. I’ve made myself a base swimsuit sloper that I draft most of my swimwear from. Β And it’s surprisingly easy to make any kind of swimwear from a good base sloper! Most of the edges of this swimsuit were finished with self-binding, except for the leg holes that I finished with all-rubber swim elastic, and the hem of the modesty panel that I just flipped up and stitched. Β I also left a gap in the swim lining on the cups so I could put in molded triangle cups.

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I LOVE my new suit!! You can check out more about this suit and my Bra-A-Week Challenge over on my blog- in case you are also a lingerie/swimwear maker who would like to join in the fun! πŸ™‚

xo erin

    1. Thanks Laura! This is a one-piece suit- the bottoms are attached at the side seams. In the back the modesty panel is sewn down to the bottoms (because it wants to ride up- but it’s free-floating in the front. πŸ™‚

  1. Wow! And double wow that you drafted this yourself. The back detail is amazing. It all looks very professional.

  2. I love it! I’ve been thinking about venturing into the swimsuit sewing thing for a couple of years but then I remember how much I hate the way RTW swimsuits look on me; I’d hate to spend all that time making one only to never wear it.

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