1950s | Swimwear / Sunwear | Vintage Sewing

Bombshells and Seashells

By on November 1, 2014

bombshell swimsuit

I made me a swimsuit! And thanks to the wonderful pattern design by Closet Case Files I couldn’t be happier. Not technically a vintage pattern but it comes with a definite nod to the 50s! I love how it covers most of my body… and holds it all in!

I found it a bit fiddly to make, in places. And I can’t claim any experience working with spandex so I feel a bit of a fail on the inside where it looks a bit scruffy. I sewed the whole thing using a zig zag stitch and so the side seams for instance could really do with a bit of an overlock, especially where the rouched edges create more bulk.

bombshell swimsuit

I encasedĀ cups into the halter pieces and sewed them in position by hand with tiny hand stitches.

It really isn’t a bad fit for a first try but next time I would certainly make the elastic in the legholes a bit tighter and perhaps increase the body length a little bit.

More info and pics over on the blog

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Modern Patterns | Swimwear / Sunwear

A Bombshell Swimsuit… in January

By on January 11, 2014

So, I finally finished my bombshell swimsuit, just in time for the middle of winter! I know, the timing seems ridiculous, but I actually wear a bathing suit way more in the winter than in the summer, since we have a hot tub and I really don’t care much for swimming. It was my first time sewing a bathing suit and although it’s far from perfect, I absolutely love it!

I made View A in this adorable watermelon-print fabric from The Fabric Fairy, which I ordered online (the irony is that I don’t actually like eating watermelon…). I won’t say much about the pattern because it’s all been said already! It’s fantastic – so flattering and retro-looking.

That being said, I did have some problems with the fit, but they were my fault rather than the pattern’s. I managed to improvise a “quick fix” that probably ended up taking more time than ripping it out and starting over, but the fit is good now. The inside is a bit of a mess, which would usually bug me, but not this time because, um, I MADE A SWIMSUIT.

For more photos and construction details, see my blog post. Thanks for reading!

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1940s | 1950s

BOMBSHELL SWIMSUIT PATTERN

By on June 8, 2013

Hey everyone! Hope y’all are enjoying the summer (or the coming fall for our Aussie buds).

Pretty exciting news…. I recently released the pattern for the vintage style swimsuit I last posted here. I’ve been working on it all spring and I’m soooooo excited about it.

The Bombshell is modeled on a classic 1950’s silhouette, a style that harkens back to the golden era of flattering, sexy and (dare I say) modest swimsuits. The pattern includes 3 variations in 8 sizes: a gathered bust maillot, a halter neck, and a high waist bottom which you can mix and match with your favourite bikini top. Ruched on all sides and along the back center seam, the Bombshell hugs your curves while providing full (but sexy) coverage. Its booty encasing seat and skirt-like front ensure your butt is covered (literally), avoiding the dreaded 4-cheek butt-bulge of higher cut suits. Fully lined, it will keep you decent in or out of the water.

And guess what? It’s now for sale right here on We Sew Retro! It’s a downloadable PDF and it comes with a detailed set of illustrated instructions (including step by step photos), and two formats for the pattern, one on letter/A4, and the other in copy shop size. I am hosting a sewalong on my blog starting next week if anyone is nervous about sewing swimwear (it’s actually totally doable with a little guidance).

This is seriously the most flattering suit in the world and there is nothing else on the market like it…. I can’t wait to see your version!

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