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50's style ruched swimsuit

Added Jul 23, 2012

by heatherlou

Montreal, Canada






I fell in love with a Norma Kamali swimsuit a few years ago and have tried my darnedest to recreate it using a vintage 80’s Kwik Sew pattern and A LOT of pattern alterations. I personally think this is the most flattering style of swimsuit imaginable (especially for us ladies with butter bellies and booties) – it tucks away all your tricky bits while still being super glamorous and sexy.

This version is basically a workable muslin – I went through a lot of trials to perfect the pattern and construction but learned SO much in the process. Anyone interested in my ramblings on swimsuit construction can take a gander over at my blog.

Material Notes

wrong side of a shimmery swimsuit tricot
tricot lining
rubber elastic
polyester thread




Garment Type
Beach, Vintage

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    Sep 19, 2013, 11.30 AMby sue nelsom

    want it! how?

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    Oct 7, 2012, 05.55 AMby Super Jeanette

    So glamouuuuur! My to-do list has a new item: glamorous retro two-piece swimsuit.

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    Jul 27, 2012, 07.24 AMby laikadoll


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    Jul 26, 2012, 07.45 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    this is beautiful! great colour!

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    Jul 24, 2012, 03.42 PMby kana

    I love it! I wanted a swimsuit other than a bikini that allows me to actually swim in it but still pretty… and had no idea how it should look like. But this is it!!!

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    Jul 24, 2012, 06.02 AMby HelenMoore

    This is wonderful! You did an excellent job at this project!

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    Jul 24, 2012, 01.28 AMby campnlulu

    Absolutely adorable. I have been wanting to make a suit like this for sooo long. You look amazing! Ditto on the hat…sheer perfection.

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    Jul 23, 2012, 07.07 PMby jacquipardue

    LOVE it! Great job. the hat is a great accessory, very cute pics!

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    Jul 23, 2012, 07.04 PMby kess

    Love this! I can totally see marylin monroe wearing this in red!

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    Jul 23, 2012, 06.53 PMby Mary Athey

    i love the colour and the style. this has the WOW factor x
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    Jul 23, 2012, 06.26 PMby thallingram

    So pinup girl worthy! Love the suit.

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    Jul 23, 2012, 05.22 PMby deChez

    It looks great. Love the style…nicely done!

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