1940s | Swimwear / Sunwear

Ginger Swimsuit

By on August 13, 2013

I feel like I’ve been working on this swimsuit all summer and I’m so glad I’m finally done. (And a little sad I don’t have more time to wear it this season!)

I wanted a retro bikini and I found that in Ohhh Lulu’s Ginger Bodysuit. I didn’t change anything to the pattern, and while there are a few modifications I was too lazy to make, it turned out incredible and I love it.

I attempted to match the stripes and for the most part they’re great. There are a few bits where it just couldn’t happen and I needed to recut to make them match, but that wasn’t going to happen.

And of course, I couldn’t resist once I had my retro bikini, and I just had to do the victory rolls in my hair. I felt so glamorous. I’m pretty sure this is the only proper way to wear this swimsuit out in public.

Victory rolls + red lipstick + homemade swimsuit = instant elegance (at least in your head!)

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1950s

High Waisted Bikini

By on August 29, 2012

I posted this one piece swimsuit a little over a month ago. I had worked out a pattern for the 50’s style pinup suit with ruching along the sides and back hems. For my second shot at swimwear, I wanted to make a high-waisted bikini.

I used a super luxurious Italian matte tricot designed for swimsuits. The bottom came together pretty easily (the trick is to reinforce your seams with clear elastic) and I whipped up the bikini top using a vintage pattern (Style 1558). It fits perfectly and is soooo comfortable. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to wear a regular, modern swimsuit again.

You can see more info & images on my blog here.

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