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Blue Rose Bikini

Added Mar 25, 2014

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






I hate shopping for swimsuits, because I never like anything in the shops. I like the more retro styles more than most of what’s on sale. Seeing as I’ve sewn lots of different fabrics and garments, I decided I’d try and make my own. I had wanted to buy a pattern to use, but all the vintage patterns I found were too expensive and I didn’t like any of the modern ones. I used Holly Mann’s pattern for the high-waisted bikini bottom (http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Sew-a-Vintage-Style-High-Waist-Bikini/), but drafted the top myself based on different pictures of 1940s bikinis. It’s an amalgamation of a whole range of different pictures.

The fabric is from Tessuti, has a sheen, and has deco-style blue roses on it. I thought it suited a vintage bikini. All photos except the last one are of the swimsuit dry, except for the last one, taken after a swim.

Material Notes

1/2 metre lycra
1/2 metre swimsuit lining
swimsuit elastic




Garment Type
Beach, Vintage

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    Mar 30, 2014, 04.16 AMby nrobson

    I really love it :)

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    Mar 27, 2014, 03.02 PMby Denise Wild

    Love this bikini… summer can’t come soon enough! Great job. :)

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    Mar 25, 2014, 08.27 PMby Ruthie-fish

    Well done! It turned out beautifully! I loving that there is now lovely lycra in the Sydney fabric stores – I never could seem to find any!

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      Mar 26, 2014, 12.12 AMby pambox

      There are lots of great lycras around, it was hard to choose which one I liked the best!

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    Mar 25, 2014, 09.46 AMby chevronclutchbags

    love the bikini! the fabric is beautiful. I am tempted to make my own nowx :)

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      Mar 26, 2014, 12.13 AMby pambox


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    Mar 25, 2014, 05.52 AMby Mokara

    Great job. Did you have any difficulty sewing the fabric? My sewing machine couldn’t handle a swimsuit fabric so I never finished mine. I’d love to make my own.

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      Mar 25, 2014, 11.55 PMby pambox

      The fabric was surprisingly easy to sew. It was a good quality lycra which helps, but my machine is pretty sturdy and handles most fabrics well. I used a stretch fabrics needle, had the pressure lever on the lowest setting, and was extra careful not to pull the fabric through the machine, but I didn’t have any difficulties with the sewing.

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