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Bustier & Panties Turned Swimsuit

Added Sep 19, 2013

by sewing fanatic

Nth Is, New Zealand






Satin Panties & Bustier – BurdaStyle 01/2012 #127, #128

I am trying to reduce my towering pile of vintage fabric, which can mean some interesting results lol. Most of the small-medium pieces of fabrics in my stash are from the 70’s, and when I discovered this remnant with cool tribal patterning on it I had to make this one-off two piece swimsuit, and it has a retro tiki-look about it. It is comfortable, just like wearing shorts and a crop top, plus you can wear the top as a strapless bustier if you like. I used a vintage knit remnant also from my stash, for lining, placed only in the front/crotch of the pants. The amount of fabric stretch in the outer material is obviously sufficient for the chosen garment size. It didn’t take long to make at all. I like how the panties give me tummy control, as in a shaping girdle; the bustier pattern conforms nicely also. Location: Pacific Dawn

Material Notes

70’s ethno-print cotton of medium weight & slight crosswise stretch, 70s brown knit as lining for front panty panel, pink stretch lace trim for elasticity and edging, zipper for left side opening, hook and eye tape for bustier




Garment Type
Beach, Vintage

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    Jul 31, 2017, 07.03 PMby sewing fanatic

    I was just looking at the inner stitching for these pants, and it is atrocious lol, good thing I’ve been working on improving my sewing, no matter how long it takes me xp

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    Sep 28, 2014, 02.22 AMby sewing fanatic

    I tested this two piece swimsuit while on holiday the other week to PNG. It felt wonderfully fitted and secure to swim in, with no bagging or moving out of place, or stretching out, no ballooning. The waffle-ly embossed cotton fabric actually dries at a sufficient rate in warm weather, considering its medium thickness, as well as with the added lining for the pants. The bottom back leg elastic stretches too easily tho as the elastic was not sewn taut enough in that area.

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    Sep 19, 2013, 08.34 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Nice! Love the fabric :)

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