I made myself a vintage 1920s swimsuit using Vintage Fashion Library 145, which is a reproduction of 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.
This is my first time posting here, I credit this site with my wanting to blog as I learn to sew Vintage inspired clothing.
I am relatively new to sewing clothing, but I have been sewing and crafting for as long as I can remember, really. And I am totally hooked on crafting things that I can wear!
My friend is a plus-sized pin up model and I offered her some wears in exchange for pictures at her next shoot. The results are below; a seafoam high waist bikini and a floral, sweatheart neck apron. I tackled four new skills this time;
- Drafting a pattern
- sewing with stretch items
- sewing for someone else and
- making swimwear
A few hiccups were had, but in all I am pretty happy. If you like, you can see the full story at my blog redhotrosie.wordpress.com
- I love the cut on the bottom
- cute little apron
Hello! I haven’t posted in a good while, but now that summer is, sigh, on its way out… I figured I ought to stop waiting to get “the perfect pictures” and share my summer sewing project.
Since I couldn’t find (or afford!) the real deal, I was on a quest to create a 1940s/50s -inspired playsuit. I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to the brainstorming process (plus more on my sewing board before I realized that things were getting out of hand…), but what inspired me most were these “Weekend Wardrobe” sets that Charlotte of Tuppence Ha’penny posted about here.
I have a million pictures, and I could not make my mind up about which ones to include, so I’m going to put the rest of them and the rest of my shpeal behind a cut here so that I don’t take up the whole page! [click to continue…]
Although I still want to sew summer clothes, I had to get ready for school!
Here are my school and beach clothes!!
I made me a 1940s outfit from two patterns :
Simplicity 3688 for the pair of trousers, and Advance 3047 for the blouse.
I used black synthetic and fluid fabric for the pants, and blue cotton with small designs for the blouse.
In fact this blouse is my participation to the “fall for cotton” challenge!
But summer is not so far away, so here is my high waisted swimsuit. It was made thanks to a tutorial based on a vintage swimwear.
I used marine jersey, I was afraid first as I hadn’t used lycra but it worked well . It was hard to sew but it turned out not so bad . I especially love the pleated sides of the bottom .
If you would like more infos and pictures, you’re welcome on my blog
Thanks for reading!