Vintage Pattern Frilly 60s Bikini

Added Nov 9, 2013

by nadia r

Auckland, New Ze...






Vintage Bikini – BurdaStyle 8/2012 #141

For my final bikini (well, at least for now, lol!) I attempted the 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, but after the last vintage 50s style bustier top I made, I was able to understand the instructions for this similar construction more easily. I made my frills wider and showy, but my mum who is a true ’60s chick lol, said 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. I have boob wanting to slip out every which way, 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 nadia r

      Thank you Jenny! That’s so appreciated xx

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    Mar 17, 2014, 09.47 PMby nadia r

    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 60s shell bra 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 nadia r

      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 nadia r

      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 nadia r

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

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