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Vintage Pattern Frilly 60s Bikini

Added Nov 9, 2013

by sewing fanatic

Nth Is, New Zealand






Vintage Bikini (with Blouse) – BurdaStyle 8/2012 #141

For my final bikini (well, at least for now, lol!) I attempted the vintage ‘60s bikini (not including the matching blouse) and I totally ended up honing many sewing skills. It took me over a week to methodically sew through the steps, but after the last retro bustier top I made, I was able to understand the instructions for this similar construction more easily this time. I liked trying bra underwires, but the fit of the top isn’t great with it being a woven fabric remnant from my vintage 70s stash, in fact the back strap rides up high. Boob wants to slip out every which way, for which the frills come in handy, lol. I had to elongate the back strap in order to breathe. I made my frills wider and showy, sewn out of a white cotton eyelet off-cut I found at the op shop, but my mum who is a true ‘60s chick lol, said I should do away with the bottom row of frills on the briefs. I was going to spare you all the visuals, but nah I’m a bit of a poser now, lol. Location: Milford Beach

Material Notes

woven ’70s waffle-embossed medium-weight cotton floral print, white broderie anglaise cotton, elastic, plastic bikini clasp, metal bra underwires, sewn in interfacing.




Garment Type
Beach, Vintage, Mod

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    Mar 25, 2014, 01.23 AMby jennyrecorder

    Frills on a bikini, yes please :) Just gorgeous!!!

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      Mar 25, 2014, 10.59 AMby sewing fanatic

      Thank you Jenny! That’s so appreciated xx

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    Mar 17, 2014, 09.47 PMby sewing fanatic

    update: I tested this bikini yesterday down at a beach, and lets just say its terrific for lying in the sun, its got a retro 60s shell bra look for sure. Swimming-wise though the top doesn’t stay put at all, lol, and the bottoms are loose and free, haha! The fabric is a type of cotton, so of course its not the greatest at drying, but on a hot day it eventually felt less damp.

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    Nov 11, 2013, 05.29 PMby Mary Athey

    Just a gorgeous set of undies x

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      Nov 12, 2013, 01.53 AMby sewing fanatic

      lol I know! I tried really hard to make them look definitely like a bikini (like, to wear in public lol), but I still couldn’t avoid that (frilly) underwear look, haha! x

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    Nov 11, 2013, 04.13 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Wow! You are improving every time! This looks great! :-)) I agree, it’s a good ting to mark the pattern parts.

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      Nov 12, 2013, 01.51 AMby sewing fanatic

      Thanks lovely! I’m glad the result is presentable, I really focused on making it so. But the time it took… and the unpicking/restitching… (of course)! lol X

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    Nov 10, 2013, 08.51 AMby liliv-1

    Ultra cute!

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      Nov 10, 2013, 12.37 PMby sewing fanatic

      Thanks darling, I’m glad you could see this project lol – it won’t appear on my projects’ list

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