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1960's Style Polka Dot Bikini

Added May 24, 2011

by Raelizdesigns

Pittsburgh, Penn...






This project was taken from a 1966 McCall’s pattern, found at a huge second-hand warehouse.

The materials called for cotton, tricot and webbed interfacing, now replaced with a Lycra lining and muslin facing. I still made the body out of pre-washed 100% cotton, but today there are many options. And the zipper is from a second-hand store, too.

Such a great representation of a classic design!

Material Notes

cotton, bathing suit lining, button, muslin, zipper




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Beach, Vintage
Cotton, Other

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    May 25, 2011, 06.57 PMby puffling

    Hot stuff! Did the original pattern called for cotton outer and lining fabric, or was there some kind of synthetic lining? I’ve never made a vintage bathing suit, and I’m trying to imagine how they would stay up when wet!

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      May 26, 2011, 10.33 AMby Raelizdesigns


      Because the pattern is from the 60’s the material selection was limited, the suggested fabric was cotton, denim, pique’, poplin, and linen. The inner was tricot, which is like the material that slips and underwear were made out of then, because I think there wasn’t spandex or lycra. I’m not sure if tricot is made anymore?

      The body measurements have to be pretty close to the final project, cutting across the cotton and using a stretch stitch (narrow zig-zag) allows for a surprising amount of stretch.

      This suit would not fall down when wet. The only thing to worry about would be the leg openings near the inner thigh, they were not meant to hug the body close, just a slight inconvenience of beauty.

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    May 24, 2011, 01.06 PMby nettie

    You look amazing!!

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    May 24, 2011, 12.52 PMby rogue-cellist

    Very cute! I love the old style swimming costumes and you’ve done a great job on this one.

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