Couple of Retro 70s Bikini's

Added Jun 26, 2014

by nadia r

Auckland, New Ze...






Bikini Top & Tennis Pants; Triangle Bikini Top & Pants – Kombi Knits by Beverley Sharp #309A 1979

I know I’m not a bikini person as I’m shy but I’ve become obsessed (with swimwear, and my fear of wearing a bikini) lol. I came across this book of swimsuit patterns in an Op shop, and these two string bikini sets were quick makes. Neither of the tops are lined, but they may need to be, as both these vintage 70s prints are a little sheer. I had exactly enough of both fabric remnants to complete the bikinis. I got the idea from a Google search to add some fringing to the triangle bikini. I slashed a rectangular piece and stitched it to the top of each triangle; it has a bit of a Go-Go dancer look but hey lol. The low riding backside of the purple pants is composed of two pieced together halves with a joining center seam, which meets up with the crotch seam, for a perfect fit around the bum. I put casing for spaghetti straps in the sides of the pants. The plaid bikini/tennis pants have strange crotch detail at the front, but these bloomers sure are cozy. Both bikini tops can slide either horizontally or vertically along the straps.

Material Notes

original early 70s light-weight knit fabric remnants both with slight crosswise stretch only, elastic underwear lace.




Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian

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    Nov 30, 2014, 03.27 AMby nadia r

    My friend wants me to make her a large version of the lilac fringed bikini x

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    Aug 3, 2014, 03.38 PMby saxsilverain

    wow, those are super cool! and they fit perfectly on you! way to go :)

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      Aug 4, 2014, 04.52 AMby nadia r

      thanks heaps, lovely to know they’re not that bad haha :D

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    Jul 29, 2014, 07.24 PMby InthemoodforCouture

    love both models!

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      Jul 30, 2014, 03.51 AMby nadia r

      merci :D

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    Jul 25, 2014, 08.19 PMby AndjelcicInRs

    I like this!!!

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      Jul 29, 2014, 11.38 AMby nadia r

      thanks hon x

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    Jun 30, 2014, 10.14 PMby izbott

    I really like these. They look fun to make & wear.

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      Jul 1, 2014, 01.34 PMby nadia r

      thanks heaps! yeah quite fun make, for the waist elastic you just zigzag the elastic evenly in quarters slightly stretched and you’re away :p

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    Jun 30, 2014, 02.55 PMby madyb

    Both are really beautiful!

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      Jul 1, 2014, 01.32 PMby nadia r

      thanks heaps, makes me glad x

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    Jun 29, 2014, 01.10 AMby zsyzu

    These are awesome Nadia! The fringed bikini, a friend of mine was looking at the same exact suit in a different color on a website but yours is much cooler and it fits you perfect!

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      Jul 1, 2014, 01.32 PMby nadia r

      ha cool i’m glad! thanks so much zsyzu x

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    Jun 27, 2014, 08.32 AMby loulourosa

    these are fun! I prefer the plaid one, it looks like the bikini my mum had in the early seventies :-)

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      Jun 27, 2014, 10.14 PMby nadia r

      Ah thanks, lovely to hear ;)

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    Jun 26, 2014, 07.46 PMby MegH

    A fringe bathing suit is totally on my to sew list!

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      Jun 26, 2014, 08.09 PMby nadia r

      Sounds exciting doll, super quick too, yours will be amazing :p

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    Jun 26, 2014, 02.32 PMby kisses

    Both looks good but I prefer the last one

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      Jun 26, 2014, 07.02 PMby nadia r

      Thanx hon, good to know. I need to stop tho lol

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    Jun 26, 2014, 08.14 AMby liliv-1

    I wish I could sew such gorgeous swimsuits, love them especially the plaid one!

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      Jun 26, 2014, 09.42 AMby nadia r

      Thanks very much darl. I see everyone has a fav set lol :p

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    Jun 26, 2014, 06.05 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    You are fabulous with sewing swimsuit and bikinis! I love these and the lilac looks Great! ;-))

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      Jun 26, 2014, 06.52 AMby nadia r

      ah thanks lovely! :D but boy am I obsessed lol

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