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1950s Inspired Button Swimsuit

Added Jun 29, 2012

by melonhead

Roanoke, Indiana...






Here’s a swimsuit that I actually made last year, but I just never got around to photographing it…it’s a bit hard trying to photograph swimwear when I’m surrounded by cornfields. Haha. So last week my family and I went up to Lake Michigan and it was the perfect place to finally document my swimsuit.

I drafted my own pattern using my measurements. The swimsuit is made from a print cotton and the inside is fully lined with a cream jersey. I wanted a mix between a two piece and a one piece so I thought that key holes would make a nice touch for that. There’s a zipper in the side seam for getting in and out of. I’ve swam in this swimsuit so many times, and I think that the cotton actually holds up pretty well. There are a couple of tears here and there, but that’s just from all the crazy use that it’s gotten. This was my first swimsuit of this style and I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. I’ve made the same swimsuit a couple different times since this one; using different fabrics and working out some of fit kinks that were in this one. I hope that you like it and happy summer :)

Material Notes

Cotton, Jersey, Invisable zipper, buttons.




Garment Type
Beach, Business, Evening Wear
Cotton, Knits/Jersey

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    Jan 13, 2013, 01.59 PMby DorisS

    Beautiful, I love how you arrange a lovely photoshoot for each of your projects.

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    Jul 15, 2012, 09.48 PMby Dawnqirl

    Amazing swimsuit, the vintage looks really suits you & fab photography!

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    Jul 1, 2012, 12.08 PMby pambox

    Want want want want want want want….

    You get the idea.

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    Jun 30, 2012, 09.31 PMby kess

    Love this! I love the color and the unique pattern! Is it not weird that the swimsuit is made out of cotton? I would think that when it got wet it would stick to all the wrong places if you know what I mean.

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      Jul 1, 2012, 11.14 PMby melonhead

      Thank you! Actually it surprisingly doesn’t. I was very careful though to make sure that there was plenty of the knit jersey lining in the places where sticking would not look good. It’s been fine so far :)

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    Jun 30, 2012, 03.40 PMby madyb

    I love it!!

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    Jun 30, 2012, 12.37 AMby mollykatherine

    Utterly amazing!!! I’m so impressed your drafted your own pattern and the workmanship looks immaculate. Love the picture sequence too, super neat! x

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      Jun 30, 2012, 03.51 PMby melonhead

      Thank you for your kind words :)

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    Jun 29, 2012, 10.54 PMby Milena Bella

    Fantastic suit! I’ve been planning on making one from cotton, thanks for the swimming review.

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      Jun 30, 2012, 03.51 PMby melonhead

      Thank you! Oooo I bet that it will turn out lovely!

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    Jun 29, 2012, 09.51 PMby mariapopia1

    whouuu! very very 50s-sweet!

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    Jun 29, 2012, 09.49 PMby junaluska

    I love the way you complement your sewing projects with amazing photography. Wonderful, as always! I need to get sewing.

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      Jun 30, 2012, 03.56 PMby melonhead

      Thank you Juna! My little brother didn’t want to be seen with my while I was taking pictures though. To quote him, “You are the most embarrassing person to ever go to the beach with.” Haha it was quite funny ;)

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    Jun 29, 2012, 09.48 PMby Pepper Toast

    Pure vintage loveliness.

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    Jun 29, 2012, 08.15 PMby jacquipardue

    very very cute!! I’m in the planning stages of a similar two piece project, and I want to use cotton, so I’m glad to hear you’re happy with it.

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      Jun 30, 2012, 03.58 PMby melonhead

      Yes, I’ve used cotton a couple times since this swimsuit and I think that it works out really well. The only thing that I would suggest is that you sew over the seams twice to prevent ripping. Good luck with your project! :)

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    Jun 29, 2012, 06.55 PMby vintagegal

    You are a wonder, young lady! Is it not enough that you are immensely talented (Love this suit!), but you look like you should be in a fashion mag as well? Lovely as usual; you have a great career ahead of you……….

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      Jun 30, 2012, 03.58 PMby melonhead

      Awe thank you for your kind words :)

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    Jun 29, 2012, 05.27 PMby linen1

    It’s outrageously wonderful!

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