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My 50's Swimsuit

Wednesday, July 25, 2012



Thank you to all of you for your comforting, sweet comments on my last post. Everything seems like it's looking up and while things will be rocky for a while, I think we'll be in a much better place by this time next year. I am so blessed to have all of my friends and family and wonderful readers to support me and advise me. I was driving to my mom's house the other day, almost in tears and The Beatles Obladi Oblada came on the radio. I took it to heart, toughened up and realized that the fab four are correct! Life goes on....

After years of talking about it, I finally made a swimsuit. I love all of the vintage reproduction suits but my goodness, they are expensive.

I used this perfect 1950's style swim suit pattern from Mrs Depew.



 I found aqua blue swim fabric from Hancock Fabrics. It came together beautifully in the time it took to watch Down With Love and Pineapple Express. I did have to make some adjustments to fit my "extra architecture"  as my funny husband calls it. I sewed in bra cups, shortened the halter strap just a tad and shaped the cup to fit and support my bust. I used a metal zip down the back and added red piping and little cherry red buttons. The pattern instructions were very easy to follow. I think I will make another in green to match my 50's swim cap.


I hope to make a matching sunhat and beach bag too!

37 Responses to “My 50's Swimsuit”

  1. What a beautiful bathingsuit! I love it!

    Meg
    guppyandwhaleshark.blogspot.com
    twitter:cincy_cindrella

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  2. Oh mama you look gorgeous!!!!! That color looks great on you and I agree you HAVE TO make one to match your swim cap but that cap is too stunning to keep hidden hehehe xox

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  3. You look amazing! I love your colour choices!Great job :)

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  4. I can't believe you made that! That is so stunning. Well done!

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  5. Wow! This is awesome! I'd have given you kudos for just trying to make swimwear but this suit came out great!

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  6. Love, love, LOVE your bathing suit!! I want to try making one myself imitating another fifties bathing suit I already have, but yours looks so great, I'm considering to buy this pattern! Also love the blue and red combination. Just fabulous! Liz

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  7. Amazing!!! Now as a really rubbish seamstress I dont have much knowledge on the subject, but I thought that underwear and swimsuits were REALLY difficult to make. Yours looks fantastic and you are so right the vintage and repro ones cost a bomb. Well done you.
    V
    xxx

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  8. Wow, what a great job. I'm almost thinking about sewing something, just because you make it look so easy.

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  9. Wow! That is a beautiful swim suit! I think I might have to try that out. It looks just lovely :)

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  10. Hubba hubba!! That blue looks GORGEOUS with your coloring : )

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  11. Wow- AMAZING – you gorgeous gal you!
    Off to pick my Jaw up from the gound- I can't believe you made that.... well i can as you are super at dresmaking!
    Tupney x

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  12. Wow, that suit is amazing!!!! Looking gorgeous as usual! :)

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  13. Fantastic job - love the colours and that pop of yellow in the shoes - one hot mumma!!

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  14. Brittany, I can't tell you how delighted I am to see your swimsuit! It's my design dreams made reality! I loved how you added the piping, that was genius, and your tailoring techniques make the fit look so flawless. I give you a standing ovation, my dear.

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    1. Oh, so glad you liked it!! This pattern was exactly what I wanted in a swim suit and not as hard as I thought it would be! Thank you so much for the beautiful pattern!! x

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  16. Wow. That's awesome. Just last week I told my boyfriend I should just pay you to make me some fabulous vintage fashions because buying them costs too much and I don't sew well enough to attempt anything like this. You are so talented.

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  17. Both you and the bathing suit look gorgeous.

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  18. You look fantastic! Did you put boning into your swimsuit? The bodice seems to have great structure throughout.

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    1. no boning, although I do believe that the pattern gives options for boning. The pattern itself does have a really nice shape and I did a little extra fitting in the bust area also :)

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  19. Wow it looks amazing and the color is beautiful!

    xx Christina

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  20. I'm so impressed! You look fabulous! I'm already looking forward to pics of the green one with your swimming cap once it gets done. I've been thinking about getting myself a swimming cap, and I was wondering: do they hurt at all? (Is that a dumb question?)

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    1. haha, no not a dumb question at all! They are very snug on my head and they leave a line across my forehead but they don't hurt me. I pull my hair up in a loose ponytail under it and gently take it off like you would a rubber glove so it doesn't pull your hair.

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  21. You look really nice. That is a hard color to wear. I gotta ask, didn't you think Pineapple Express was a total turkey?

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    1. ha! Yeah, not wildly funny. Luckily, I was watching my sewing machine more than anything. I just wanted some background noise :P

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  22. great job Brittany.. Love the color you chose..Looks great on you..

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  23. Do wear it as often as you can, you look fabulous! Great job, and I love the red details. Perhaps I should buy the pattern too, since I agree with you - the reproductions are too expensive.

    I hope everything works out fine for you and your family, and wish you lots of luck on where ever you need it.

    Love from Sanne in Denmark
    Going to Germany on vacation tomorrow in my vintage car, ahhh!

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  24. So terrifically pretty! Love the cut and hue of this marvelous suit, which you did a completely excellent job with.

    You have been in my thoughts all day, dear Brittany, and I'm happy to hear that you're tackling this major curve ball with an optimistic attitude. Sometimes that really is the most important thing one can do in the face of adversity.

    Tons of hugs & strength,
    ♥ Jessica

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  25. This is a fabulous swimsuit, it has a lovely cut to it and it looks very flattering. I especially like the contrast red buttons with the aqua fabric- yum! sending you sunshine xx Shauna

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  26. This is EPIC!! You look fab :) xx

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  27. That is gorgeous! Silly me, never though of making my own suit. You did a beautiful job!

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  28. You look amazing! I love the neckline and cute cute buttons, you have done a great job!

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  29. it looks really great! i think i need to learn to sew so i can have a cute retro suit to fit my "extra architecture" . haha

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  30. You commented on my pin that you were going to make it- I'm so glad you did. It turned out really well! I Love it!

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  31. Wow! You look amazing!

    You know, it looks exactly like my grandmother's 50's bathing suit, though that one is in navy. It is also overwires and you can opt to remove the halterneck if you want to.

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  32. On another note; a couple of years ago I went through a really bad period in my life. I was sitting on the train and Oblah-di Oblah-da turned up in my mp3-player and I looked out of the window and saw a spring in full bloom and realized that tehre WAS some good things in life after all. It may be the silliest song ever written, but it do makes life a little brighter. :)

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