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Vintage Swimwear In Progress

So nowadays what girl isn’t dying for the perfect vintage swimsuit?

I’ve been longing for the perfect suit but the ones available out there are soo expensive, which does not fit into my teeny wardrobe budget. Next best solution?

Make one myself!

I found this weird synthetic stretch fabric a couple months ago. I really liked the print but at the time had no clue what project would be appropriate for that type of fabric then duhhh a swimsuit!!

It looks kind of black but its really a nice navy blue with white flowers.

Now I’ll be the first to admit I know nothing about sewing with super stretch fabric or swimwear but theres a lot of this fabric so im just going to jump in and cut my pattern out of it.

I picked up some swimwear lining and sew in swimwear cups at Joanns… (look I even have a little sewing helper)

Im using Simplicity 8251 for the top of the suit and I plan to modify the Alison pattern from Burdastyle for the bottom tho I think I’d like to do a gathered skirt on top of the highwaist bottom.

So Ive got the top cut out and the darts done just gotta keep truckin and I hope to be done in a week or so.

PS Can someone please give me a kick in the pants to get working on my Burdastyle book entry?? It is extremely hard to be motivated to sew a coat when its about 112 degrees outside!!

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16 Responses to Vintage Swimwear In Progress

  1. Alana says:

    Consider this your kick in the pants to start the burda coat! 😉 I’ve just gotten up here in New Zealand and it’s 2 degrees (39F) – inside my house. I’m dreaming of warm things like stylish coats.

  2. i know, they are all toooo expensive! that pattern is cute, i am excited to see what you come up with!

  3. oonaballoona says:


    tho i need a kick myself!

  4. Lily says:

    How exciting! I’m totally going to make a swimsuit next summer. (They sent me the fugliest fabric for my Burdastyle coat. Am also not motivated to do it!)

  5. Angie says:

    omg me too… its awful! I flt bad cus everyone else seemed to love their fabric… Im glad im not the only one!

  6. Julietta says:

    Oh my god, I felt like I’m the only one who hates the fabric received for the book project. My blouse is almost finished, but it was really hard to motivate myself to sew it. It looks really old fashioned with the fabric and the drape is not right as it is too stiff. I just hope that they will do a great job with the photo shoot :-)

  7. Len says:

    I’m sorry, I saw the kitten and I got distracted… KITTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEN

    Can’t wait to see your swimsuit :)

  8. Justine says:

    How exciting! I can’t to see the results!

  9. mommymae says:

    i just bought a suit at target in june & it’s already falling apart. i have decided i’ll use it as a pattern & make a bunch of copies in different colors. let me know how easy it is!

    now go turn the AC down (even more) & make a coat!

  10. afreckledlip says:

    The fabric looks really cute. I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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  12. Love the stretchy fabric… it’s going to look perfect as a bathing suit! I wish I was brave enough to sew one. I’m sooooooooo looking forward to seeing this finished :)

  13. Snork says:

    I love the swimsuit fabric. Can’t wait to see it!

  14. Astrid says:

    Just send the coat to me!! We’ve had snow since october, great, hah? But I think it would be too late to even start on a coat HERE, as spring is slowly but steadily coming closer and closer.

  15. Marci says:

    Hey, great fabric print! I’m interested in seeing how this suit turned out!

  16. danielle says:

    where did you get that fabric from its amazing!

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