Added Nov 9, 2013
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!
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.
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