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1930s inspired bathing suit.

Friday, July 17, 2009


1930s inspired bathing suit, originally uploaded by gracefullady.

I don't know, but I feel a slight bit nekid posting this picture. But I decided to post it nonetheless. I'm kind of excited about this suit made from a dress and I wanted to share in case some of you might like to try it yourself. I actually wanted a more simple suit and it would have been, but then I screwed up by cutting a low back. And guess what? You cut a low back and suddenly there is no support for the front and sides! So I had to cut off the top/front, gather it and attach this woven binding I happened to have on hand. I was seriously about ready to throw the dang thing across the room. But yay, it worked out after all! And I modeled it off of my original wool bathing suit from the 1930s.

Notes from flickr:

remember this? using this dress from forever21, i transformed it into a bathing suit similar to this original wool suit i own. i had some problems along the way and initially thought it would be much more simple, only shortening the skirt and changing the straps into halter straps. but i was stupid and cut the back lower and suddenly, the front didn't fit right. anyway, it worked out in the end.

{pardon my whiteness. i'm not used to showing this much skin! unless i'm at the lake, where 99% of the women there are wearing bikinis!}

14 comments :

  1. Anna, the suit turned out SO well! I love it! I wonder if you could make more suits like this to sell on etsy? Glad you've shared your brilliant idea. Next time I need a swimsuit I'll go thrifting for a dress. :)

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  2. thanks, lindsey! i thought about making these to sell, but now i don't know. i'd have to do some fine tuning before i'd sell a suit like this.

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  3. This looks really good. Also, I think it's very flattering and your lovely skin only heightens its loveliness!

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  4. The bathing suit looks fantastic! And being pale isn't a bad thing!

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  5. I commented on your flickr picture too, but seriously, this is just downright awesome. I really really want one now, the shape is just perfect!

    So. Great job. I bow to you.

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  6. Love this! It would look great with a vintage swimcap with flowers all over it :)

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  7. Oh wow--I utterly love how this turned out! :)

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  8. Oh it's cute as a button!! You did a lovely job (which is no surprise at all!) :)

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  9. Oh oh oh, you look absolutely adorable. From one pale girl to another: that bathing suit would be a fraction of the cute on a tanned person.


    xo

    H

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  10. what a great project! It looks wonderful on you!I wish I knew how to sew...

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