Added May 28, 2010
Pine Bush, New Y...
A mix of old-school Catalina swimsuits-clad beauty queens, Betty Grable, and Esther Williams.
I really loved the swimsuit “Bill” by Norma Kamali ($350 yikes!) that was featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things and those new ModCloth Esther Williams swimsuits, and while affordable, still wasn’t special enough. ModCloth was still a little too expensive for me, still (I’m a college student). I was able to get some nylon/spandex for 3 yards on sale for $15, so I ventured out into the adventure of sewing knits and negative ease!
The suit is self-drafted, though Burda’s Allison would have been a better start if I would have thought about using it from the beginning, but I was determined to do this from scratch. It still has a little kinks, and set the changes to the final pattern for next time. I call this a working mock-up, which is wearable, but still not 100% perfect for the perfectionist I’ve become.
Credits to my Vintage Vogue Library Guide for Swimsuits and PatternSchool.com (which helpfully explained negative ease, thank you!)
Some Sewing Tips for Swimwear on my blog Vintage Bobbin
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