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Couple of 70s Photographic Bikinis

Added Jun 17, 2013

by nadia r

Auckland, New Ze...






The Every-Body Bikini – Simplicity #6353 1974
Multikini – Butterick #6674 1974

I stitched these two bikinis up by following a couple of vintage patterns. Both vintage photographic print remnants appear to be wool but look similar to t-shirting, were wider than they were long, and were stored with the patterns. I practiced using a twin needle, and also a ballpoint needle with zig zag top-stitch. I’m too shy to buy or wear a bikini believe it or not, and (obviously) that’s why I thought I’d make one (er, two) instead. Not sure how long either of these skimpy two pieces (I may as well wear underwear lol!) would hold up to the sun, sea, chlorine, and sand, for – but they were at least terrific practice for sewing. I decided to (fairly heavily) line them both.

Material Notes

early ’70s crosswise-stretch medium-weight directional photo-collage printed wool-based knit fabrics, tan wool knit lining, 90s black stretch lining, rattail satin cording in pink and blue, elastic, vintage plastic bikini clasp, 2 vintage shell buttons on halter top strap




Garment Type
Beach, Vintage

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    Apr 2, 2014, 10.47 AMby nadia r

    Update: so I tested the other safari bikini today at the local beach, and the top held up okay – for a bikini – while the bottom bagged up a bit in the water lol. The fabric dried to a tolerable dampness on a hot day, which isn’t bad considering this bikini has the security of both an outer wool or polyester knit layer and the modern black stretch lining. Overall I like this bikini as the cut flatters my figure the most comparatively speaking.

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    Mar 4, 2014, 02.52 PMby nadia r

    Update: I tested the San Francisco bikini yesterday in a local beach. The verdict was: it is definitely one of my more skimpy bikni’s, as I felt like I was wearing a bra and undies. I think despite choosing the correct sized pattern, it is still too loose and large, and as you can see I’m obviously ‘hanging out’. I hid by a rocky outcrop haha. On the plus side, I was surprised that both the vintage woolen or polyester knit fabric and wool lining, after getting wet, only stayed damp – and not soaking – so I think close weave wool fabric like this may be more water resistant than cotton t-shirting, yay!

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    Jun 18, 2013, 05.32 PMby nadia r

    thanks everyone! & thanx for the tip re. lycra. i didn’t think of that ….yes i can imagine these bikini’s will be cold, heavy, & very wet – for at least 3 days after swimming in nz, ha ha! (the bikini’s on your blog are excellent!).

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    Jun 17, 2013, 06.48 PMby fairytale-thirteen

    Very D&G – Love xx

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    Jun 17, 2013, 05.37 PMby Mary Athey

    they both look great. fab patterns as well x

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    Jun 17, 2013, 02.42 PMby carolientje

    not bad at all!! one tip: use some lycra, that’s better for the water, it dry better. this is my blog, if you want some tips ;)

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