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Retro 2013 Bikini

Added Aug 18, 2013

by Ulrika Grevin

Stockholm, Sweden






My somewhat guilty pleasure in making my own bikinis, started off many years ago when I found this second hand swimsuit from Triumph, very typical 70ies looking but in a mint condition. Once it must have fitted a lady with a generous bust why I easily could make it last for pattern pieces my size. I guess I was more challenged by the “make over” idea than the very result. But that bikini actually served me a couple of summers and always generated compliments and wows.

This one is another labour of love in that sense it took me over 2 seasons to finalise it. I first found the lycra fabric at a tradeshow in November 2011. It was new, had a vintage feel to it and sold by meter which I find very rare. Once I embarked on the bikini design (free hand) the following spring, I immediately got a picture of the elastic band to combine it with. And you know what’s it like – sometimes you just can’t let go from a particular idea. So I started to hunt that elastic band down. Eventually, from looking around the globe another 5 months, Kleins Haberdashery in Soho could offer exactly what I had in mind. That was in September last year. And hear we are!

Photos: Sofia Valtersson




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    Jun 19, 2016, 01.13 PMby nrobson

    amazing, love it =D

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    Nov 29, 2013, 12.31 PMby Ruffles Gazebo

    love the sportiness to it, and the colour and also the retro feel!

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    Aug 22, 2013, 07.10 PMby BOWSandGLAM

    Absolutely fab!! Well done!

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    Aug 20, 2013, 02.11 PMby celinesompayrac

    Magnifique, very pretty.

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    Aug 20, 2013, 01.14 PMby steffania

    I really like your bikini! It has a seventies style that reminds me my childhood. You made a perfect job in the choice of fabric and pattern. love it!

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    Aug 19, 2013, 08.47 AMby Mary Athey

    fab bikini, i would love one of these as well x

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    Aug 19, 2013, 03.20 AMby papermothballvintage

    So cute, love the striped band!

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    Aug 19, 2013, 12.53 AMby bethmaryharley

    Awesome bikini! The elastic band hunting was definitely worth it!

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    Aug 18, 2013, 10.57 PMby ctharp


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    Aug 18, 2013, 10.26 PMby flowergirl22

    really looks nice,, great for your shape.

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    Aug 18, 2013, 08.58 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Lovely bikini! I would love to have one of these! :)

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