Vintage Pattern 60s Bikini

Added Nov 9, 2013

by nrobson

Auckland, New Ze...






Vintage Bikini – BurdaStyle 8/2012 #141

For my final bikini (for now, lol!) I made the challenging vintage ’60s bikini (not including the matching Blouse) and I totally ended up honing many sewing skills. It took me over a week to methodically sew through the steps. After the last vintage 50s style bustier top I made I was able to understand the instructions for this similar construction more easily. One thing I found that helped me was to write on each fabric piece in the seam allowance details such as front or back, right way out or inside out, or which way up it goes, to avoid confusion

I made my frills wider and more showy, but I got feedback (from mum, a true ‘60s girl, lol) that I should do away with the bottom row of frills on the briefs. The fit of the top isn’t great, being woven fabric, in fact the back strap rides up high; mind you it is probably fashioned to the more youthful out there, lol. I have boob wanting to slip out at the top, sides, and even the bottom, for which the frills come in handy, lol! I had to elongate the back strap in order to breathe. I was going to spare you all the visuals, but I am getting to be too much of a poser!

Material Notes

woven early ’70s wavy-ribbed medium-weight cotton floral print remnant (vintage stash), white broderie anglaise circa ’90s (op-shop) , elastic, plastic bikini clasp, metal bra underwires, sewn in interfacing




Garment Type
Beach, Vintage, Mod

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    Mar 25, 2014, 01.23 AMby jennyrecorder

    Frills on a bikini, yes please :) Just gorgeous!!!

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      Mar 25, 2014, 10.59 AMby nrobson

      Thank you Jenny! That’s so appreciated xx

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    Mar 17, 2014, 09.47 PMby nrobson

    update: I tested this bikini yesterday down at a beach, and lets just say its terrific for lying in the sun, its got a retro look for sure. Swimming-wise though the top doesn’t stay put at all, lol, and the bottoms are loose and free, haha! The fabric is a type of cotton, so of course its not the greatest at drying, but on a hot day it eventually felt less damp.

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    Nov 11, 2013, 05.29 PMby Mary Athey

    Just a gorgeous set of undies x

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      Nov 12, 2013, 01.53 AMby nrobson

      lol I know! I tried really hard to make them look definitely like a bikini (like, to wear in public lol), but I still couldn’t avoid that (frilly) underwear look, haha! x

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    Nov 11, 2013, 04.13 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wow! You are improving every time! This looks great! :-)) I agree, it’s a good ting to mark the pattern parts.

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      Nov 12, 2013, 01.51 AMby nrobson

      Thanks lovely! I’m glad the result is presentable, I really focused on making it so. But the time it took… and the unpicking/restitching… (of course)! lol X

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    Nov 10, 2013, 08.51 AMby liliv-1

    Ultra cute!

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      Nov 10, 2013, 12.37 PMby nrobson

      Thanks darling, I’m glad you could see this project lol – it won’t appear on my projects’ list

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