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Fruity Retro Twist Bikini

Added Dec 25, 2014

by hello Itsme

Nth Is, New Zealand






Bandeau Top, Sarong, & Mini Skirt – BurdaStyle 05/2014 #125
Retro Bikini – BurdaStyle 05/2013 #132

I’m hoping this will be my final bikini/two piece swimsuit, once and for all lol! I’ve tried making a range of different styles of bikini’s so I was able to understand the sewing instructions for this one. I found this scrap piece of woven vintage 70s cotton fabric with a fruity pattern on it, and I had just enough of it to make this bikini set. Maybe fabric with some elastane may have made the twist turn a bit smoother, but the lovely twist effect is still there which I like very much about this pattern. I also made the retro bikini bottoms again, to match, without the decorative elastic lace this time, but I had to piece together two halves for the backside as I ran out of a large enough piece from my remnants. Location: Mt Maunganui

Material Notes

’70s woven cotton fabrics: medium weight with a fruity pattern, and lightweight green for the lining; sew in interfacing; black bra clasp with hooks and eyes; medium width elastic; underwear elastic.




Garment Type
Beach, Mod, Preppy, Vintage

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    Mar 30, 2015, 06.45 AMby madebymeg

    Wow this is so cute! I’m glad I read up on yours, too, because I didn’t realize the top was woven. I’m hoping to make this in a swimsuit fabric, so I’ll have to muslin. Love the fabric!

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      Mar 30, 2015, 12.37 PMby hello Itsme

      thank you so much Meg. It is a cute fruity pattern on the material definitely, it was a small remnant leftover from the 70s. And yea, so interesting that swimsuits were once made from woven not stretchy fabrics! =P

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    Feb 25, 2015, 09.02 AMby manuela77

    The fabric is gorgeous and the work is really finelly made. Congrats!

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      Feb 25, 2015, 09.37 AMby hello Itsme

      thank you i really appreciate that! luckily i have practiced a few times making previous woven bikini’s, so i was prepared this time lol.

      in fact today i tested this bikini down at the beach and it held up well in the water. the back straps made it feel secure, it all stayed in place, though i think i made the shoulder straps a bit long lol. the pants were comfortably loose and conformed well. the cotton fabric, whilst lightweight, didn’t dry fast and stayed damp, but overall i felt comfortable in this modest fun retro bikini.

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    Dec 27, 2014, 09.30 PMby izbott

    Great score on this fabric. It looks like you have a great bikini for the beach.

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      Dec 28, 2014, 02.04 AMby hello Itsme

      thank you Izbott! the cotton fabric looked like it was a unfinished gardening apron-dress, two sizes smaller than me… but i thought about all those fruity D&G two piece outfits and was inspired to make something like those lol :D

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    Dec 25, 2014, 02.51 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Nice! You are really talented! :)

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      Dec 25, 2014, 04.39 PMby hello Itsme

      Thanks Ellen your a sweety….but omw, i had to wrap my brain around (and inside out lol) the folds for this one haha! Xx

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    Dec 25, 2014, 02.45 PMby liliv-1

    Lovely fabric, I like the colors of it and I also like the pattern you used

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      Dec 25, 2014, 04.37 PMby hello Itsme

      Thanx Liliv sweety, indeed its a very happy retro print & the pattern is a feat of engineering! :D

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