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Art Deco Style Swimsuit

Added Jul 20, 2013

by melonhead

Roanoke, Indiana...






This is probably the most in-depth garment that I’ve ever made. So much time went into hand sewing, and making sure that all of the design details, and the fit was correct. For the fabric, I used a stretch linen (for those of you seamstresses who are wondering, the linen has held up great in water! There’s no shrinking at all.), and cream jersey lining on the inside. I drafted the pattern using my own measurements, except for the bottom portion. I cut up an old pair of well fitted underwear to use as my base pattern for the bottoms.

There’s boning in the bodice, and all of the white lines are bias tape that was top stitched onto outside of the suit. The bias tape was all hand pressed and made from an old, twill, satin skirt that I had. The halter straps are made from that same fabric as well.

The lining took the longest to work on. I only had scraps of jersey from other projects that I had worked on. At the time I didn’t feel like going to buy more, so I just used what I had, and pieced the lining together from scraps. Although looking back I wish that I would have waited to buy more fabric, because so much time went into hand sewing the inside! Because I only had small pieces of jersey, all of the seams had to be hand sewn down using a whip stitch to keep from bunching. I also hand sewed ribbon, and bias tape to cover some of the seams as well (as you can see from the zipper and waist area). Overall around 40 hours went into sewing this swimsuit.

If you’re interested there are more photos over on my blog: http://esther-fromthesticks.blogspot.com/2013/07/art-deco-style-swimsuit.html

Material Notes

Fabric, invisible zipper, boning, thread.




Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Beach, Classic, Vintage
Linen, Satin

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    Sep 7, 2013, 01.35 PMby rebeccalady

    You are amazing! Looks great<3

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    Jul 23, 2013, 10.17 PMby MegH

    Amazing! I am in love with the lines on this piece.

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    Jul 23, 2013, 07.22 AMby alekat

    Gorgeous as always! I love that you’ve reused so many different things to get such a lovely swimsuit. Great work!

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    Jul 21, 2013, 03.38 PMby claudinka

    That is awesome. Very, very, very beautiful!

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    Jul 21, 2013, 08.58 AMby pititemarjo

    Amazing work! Very nice!

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    Jul 20, 2013, 11.41 PMby MissCorsetLizz

    Fabulous work!!! :-D

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    Jul 20, 2013, 08.39 PMby sewsweetviolets

    Really, really lovely and a great piece of work.

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    Jul 20, 2013, 06.10 PMby Verdy

    All that efford has paid off handsomely – your swimsuit is amazing, very stylish. Great photos too!

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    Jul 20, 2013, 05.39 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    A lot of work! Well done! It looks very nice ;)

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    Jul 20, 2013, 05.16 PMby Mary Athey

    its gorgeous on you and well worth tbe effort.i know what tou mean about using small pieces of fabric for lining. i made an orange dress and pieced the lining to.gether from the orange scraps and i mean scraps. it took ages to do and i hate it so much i ordered another metre to finish my dress properly lol. your swimsuits fabulous though x

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