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70s Swimsuit with Modesty Panel

Added Feb 6, 2015

by sewing fanatic

Nth Is, New Zealand






One Piece Scoop Back Swimsuit – Kombi Knits by Beverley Sharp #309A 1979

I found some stretchy floral jersey in the sewing store off-cuts bin, and I had exactly enough to make this scoop back swimsuit, using the ‘79 Kombi Knits pattern book again. The book has terrific instructions on when to alter the tension of the encased elastics at the neckline, back, and leg openings, such as how not to get lumpy straps or a gaping crotch area, however I find its still tricky to pick up lol. I feel at home wearing one pieces, though I had to add makeshift linings made out of thrift store ribbing/jersey scraps, to both the crotch and bust, for more coverage due to the light color and slight sheerness of the fabric. In fact the bust lining isn’t a bad idea, as I’ve found it acts like a built in bra. Plus I added the optional retro-style ‘modesty panel’, integrated into the swimsuit pattern by attaching a long piece of black ribbing to the middle front two princess seams, from about the high waist down to the back crotch. So the front resembles a neat little skirt piece. It took me a darn long time to figure it out, but I also used tutorial tips lol. Location: Mt Maunganui

Material Notes

floral jersey with 4-way stretch; black ribbing with 4-way stretch as lining; underwear elastic lace in pink




Garment Type
Beach, Vintage

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    Mar 25, 2015, 09.12 PMby sewing fanatic

    I just tested this one piece down at the beach, and it felt great to swim in, and for sunbathing. The suit stayed firmly in place, it felt secure, and kept its shape well. It had a slinky feel and great fit. The material I used was a bit slow to dry though, it stays wet for a while, but in the sun it soon dries.

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    Mar 15, 2015, 06.21 PMby pictureit17

    Great swimsuit!

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    Feb 7, 2015, 09.12 PMby izbott

    This neat! I like the retro style as it is a comfortable bathing suit. Your look very nice in it.

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      Feb 8, 2015, 04.18 AMby sewing fanatic

      thanks izbott x -i also love retro style swimsuits, they are comfy to wear and the cuts can be quite feminine x

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    Feb 7, 2015, 07.50 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    What a great swimsuit! I like that style and it looks very nice on you!! Would love to join you on the beach ;-))

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      Feb 7, 2015, 08.09 AMby sewing fanatic

      Thanx so much lovely, i think that style must suit me, and it would be totally fun to join ya at the beach Haha ! =D

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    Feb 6, 2015, 08.23 PMby rita61

    Your suit looks nice on you !

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      Feb 6, 2015, 10.54 PMby sewing fanatic

      Thanx very much for that rita =D=D

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    Feb 6, 2015, 02.57 PMby IDia

    Looks realy good! Bravo!

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      Feb 6, 2015, 03.19 PMby sewing fanatic

      Thanks idia! even if the finishing may not be wonderful up close lol, i got that modesty panel in x

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    Feb 6, 2015, 01.42 PMby liliv-1

    It looks really great! :)

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      Feb 6, 2015, 02.16 PMby sewing fanatic

      Thanx my lovely friend…. It was worth the ample time it took, learned a few tricks xx

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