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Retro Tiki Style Bikini with Bows

Added Aug 25, 2013

by sewing fanatic

Nth Is, New Zealand






Retro Bikini – BurdaStyle 5/2013 #132

I didn’t realize this pattern was intermediate skill level lol, but I got there eventually. Sewing with interfacing and shirring elastic for the first time were both interesting exercises. I made this retro style bikini set out of a bargain priced green sarong, and to really get that vintage Hawaii look I added 3" to the top of the bloomers, but it looked excessive. So I sewed 6 separate strips of underwear elastic inside, using clear thread in zig zag stitch, going downward to ruch up the fabric. There is an elastic strip along each of the side seams, three strips running down the front, and one going down the center back. That idea I got from a google search where I came across a tutorial lol. I think I had cut out some of the pattern pieces for the top in the wrong sizes though, and I decided to elasticize the little band in the front bust section (forming the keyhole) so I could get into it, lol. Also I think I may need to move the back strap position over a bit. Location: Kiriwina Island

Material Notes

woven lightweight green cotton print sarong, sew-in interfacing, elastic underwear lace trim, elastic, elastic shirring thread, clear thread..



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Garment Type
Beach, Vintage

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    Sep 22, 2014, 03.38 AMby sewing fanatic

    I tried out this bikini last week while on holiday in PNG, and it was a hit with me. It dries very well as it is made from a thin weight cotton sarong, it is lovely to swim in, and feels well fitted and secure to wear, with the full cup of the bikini top, and it is also comfortable. There is a feeling of being ‘hugged’ about it, with a slight looseness in the pants after swimming, yet they didn’t balloon or anything. The only thing is after the laundry the vintage blue elastic lace frays easily, so I don’t recommend using it for outer decoration (only for internal elasticity), and rather proper decorative stretch lace should be used. Overall I love the retro look of it.

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    Aug 26, 2013, 01.30 PMby sewing fanatic

    thank you ladies! – Xx

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    Aug 25, 2013, 05.12 PMby Mary Athey

    this is lovely and i’m so glad you made this as i’ve been wanting to make this. I think if you move the back straps over about an inch would look even better. i’m toying with going for a cross over back (very 50’s). great job though x

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    Aug 25, 2013, 03.00 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    You’ve done a fantastic job! It looks wonderful on you ;) Fabric is Lovely!

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