1940s | 1950s


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!

  1. I LOVE this swimsuit! The blue version is my favorite, but want to kick bf… lol. He says I like it because its not sexy. I told him he has no taste. If you ask me, most bikinis are not sexy, but its all a matter of opinion.

    I will be adding this pattern to my wishlist. 😀 Love it!

  2. Congratulations! Love the blue one! And making your own opens up all kinds of possibilities for tweaking the fit and bra support.

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