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1930s bathing suit

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


So, I saw this dress on Forever21 the other night and instantly what came to mind was a wool bathing suit from the 1930s. No, it's not made of wool, but it's a knit dress and you know what? I don't think it would take much to alter this into a '30s inspired bathing suit. I may be completely out of my mind to actually want to wear a knit suit to go swimming in, but hey, if they did it in the '30s and '40s it shouldn't be so bad. I plan to shorten the skirt, remove the metal piece attached to the back straps, criss-cross the straps in the back and then make knit under shorts (trunks) from a 1930s vintage pattern I own. If I decide to get creative, I may remove the straps and attach rope instead, cut the back lower (as seen on most '30s suits) cross the rope in the back and bring it to the front to tie at the waist. Clear as mud? I thought so. Anyway, we'll see what happens. It could be disastrous failure and in that case, I'd be out $25. Not too bad me thinks. I'll let you know how it goes.

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  1. Ooohhh! That looks like a great idea, I'm sure it will be a darling swimsuit! ;)

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