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Plunging Freestyle Wrap Swimsuit

Added Aug 5, 2017

by sewing fanatic

Nth Is, New Zealand






DIY 30-Minute Swimsuit – Burdastyle 7/2017

I have to admit I didn’t use lycra or swimwear material to make this, even scuba might suit better. I just loved the striped design of this leftover piece of 70s material too much, which is from a friends’ mum. The material has only slight elastane stretch in all directions, but it is not clingy, huggy, or liquidy enough. The fabric is composed of two pressed layers, probably a polyester/crepe blend, and has an interesting embossing/waffled texture on the front side. I had exactly this measurement only available for the horizontal width of both straps; they only just reach across the front width of the pants. However because the fabric is not very stretchy I would have definitely made them wider. I tried adding some underwear elastic around the bottom section of the straps, along the sides, but that didn’t really work. It is more like a bandage swimsuit than a wrap one lol. Needless to say, to cover up modestly I have to pull the bands taut lol, or do extra crossing over. I tried the first two burda variations: they only just cover and I may feel uncomfy with exposed/open sides, and I was not able to even do the third halter version at all lol! I did try some alternatives though, with all of them covering up at the sides.

Material Notes

70s embossed medium weight fabric with elastane (4-way slight stretch only), beige 70s stretch jersey (for lining pants), underwear elastic in tan, vintage plastic black zip (for left side opening)




Garment Type
Beach, Bohemian, Geek, Mod, Vintage

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    Sep 15, 2017, 02.08 PMby lisascarolina

    Striking fabric! Interesting design in that you can wear it so many different ways. Cool! :)

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      Sep 15, 2017, 06.48 PMby sewing fanatic

      I thank you so much for lovely compliment lisascarolina! X

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    Aug 15, 2017, 02.03 AMby Eli Cat

    Amazing! I really love this work!

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      Aug 15, 2017, 04.00 AMby sewing fanatic

      Thank you dear; i worried about my fabric as it has a lot of body, and not much tension, but the pants contour well at least xx

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    Aug 13, 2017, 07.45 PMby GULSEN GOKSEL

    Nice fabric design, love it.

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      Aug 15, 2017, 03.58 AMby sewing fanatic

      Thank you so much for lovely compliment. :p

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    Aug 8, 2017, 07.32 PMby Mary Athey

    I think it’s fabulous x

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      Aug 9, 2017, 01.11 AMby sewing fanatic

      Thanks darling, cool to hear! =D

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    Aug 7, 2017, 06.51 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Supercool! :)

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    Aug 6, 2017, 05.42 AMby TeenyUK

    Ooh la la!!! Fab, groovy, sexy, sassy and unique, and wouldn’t look amiss on a 70’s Biarritz beach!

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      Aug 7, 2017, 07.30 AMby sewing fanatic

      Thanx Teenyuk that is an awesome compliment! a Biarritz beach in the 70s sounds stylin’ (though likely revealing hahahaha) XD

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    Aug 5, 2017, 08.42 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    Wow! This is simply fantastic!

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      Aug 7, 2017, 07.28 AMby sewing fanatic

      Thank you so much sweet, yay! :D

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    Aug 5, 2017, 07.52 PMby liliv-1

    Fabulous! Both design and print! You will be the star of the beach!

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      Aug 7, 2017, 07.26 AMby sewing fanatic

      Thanks so much dear liliv! Its very much a hollywood/disco glam style with a neckline that low, hahaha XD

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    Aug 5, 2017, 04.36 PMby izbott

    Its such a cool project!

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      Aug 7, 2017, 07.24 AMby sewing fanatic

      Thankyou dear izbott, I liked making this one:)

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