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Couple of 70s Photo Print Bikinis

Added Jun 17, 2013

by nadia r

Akl, New Zealand






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

I stitched these two bikinis up by following a couple of vintage 70s sewing patterns. Both vintage photographic print fabric 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 actually too shy to wear bikinis, so (obviously) I thought I’d make one (er, two). Not sure how long either of these skimpy two pieces 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. Locations: Pt Chevalier & Waiheke Island

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 me 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-weaved 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. http://lingeriecrealine.blogspot.be/ this is my blog, if you want some tips ;)

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