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 early 70s sewing patterns. Both original 70s photographic print fabric remnants from my vintage stash 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 with stretch knit remnants: the safari bikini with a black jersey from the thrift store, and the San Francisco bikini using vintage cream wool jersey. Locations: Pt Chevalier, & Waiheke Island
’70s crosswise-stretch medium-weight one-directional photographic print wool-based knit fabrics, ’70s cream wool knit for lining, black synthetic stretch knit for lining, rattail satin cording in pink & blue, elastic, vintage plastic bikini clasp, 2 vintage shell buttons on halter top strap.