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Bathing Beauty- 1940's Swim Suit Pattern

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A Resto-Vival pattern based on on original early 1940s swimsuit to make yourself.  The original description read:

"Misses' and Women's Play and Bathing Suit-  This figure-flattering costume for sun exposures is made with a fitted bodice which is joined to the brief skirt and shorts at the waistline under a belt.  The pointed godets of the skirt may be outlined in rick-rack to match the trim of belt and shoulder straps.  In Style II, contrasting material is used for shoulder straps, belt, and pointed godets".

This is all in one piece with shorts attached underneath.  This is not like our modern idea of bathing suits- vintage made at home swimsuit of the time were often made in cotton and zipped up the side.  You may find this is better to wear by the seashore and in the sand, rather than in the surf and pool.

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Measurements given in inches.

BUST 30- 32- 34- 36- 38- 40
WAIST 24- 26- 28- 30- 32- 34
HIP 33- 35- 37- 39- 41- 43

This pattern is in MISSES SIZING. Juniors or plus sizes may need alterations.

The original pattern suggested these fabrics-  Plain or Printed: Chambray, seersucker, percale, broadcloth, silk jersey, wool jersey.  Shorts: Wool jersey.

Also needs- slide fastener (zipper) or snap fasteners and hooks and eyes.  Three buttons- 5/8" diameter.  Buttonhole twist; matching thread; contrast thread.  Style I- 3/8" wide rick-rack braid.

About Wearing History Resto-Vival™ Patterns

Resto-Vival™ Patterns are original historic patterns that have been restored and revived.  Original patterns are usually available only in single sizes, precut from tissue paper and totally unprinted, with details like grainlines and darts indicated only by small perforations.  Resto-Vival™ patterns are printed on sturdy bond paper instead of tissue and clearly marked with drawn and labeled markings.  These markings aid the modern sewer in understanding the markings of the original pattern and the construction of the garment.  Resto-Vival™ patterns follow the period shapes of the original patterns, maintaining the historical accuracy of the completed garment.  Original period instructions are included. These instructions are text only (unless otherwise noted) and fairly minimal, especially compared to instructions for modern patterns.  At least an intermediate knowledge of dressmaking and a good familiarity with pattern construction is suggested.  You may choose to have a modern or period sewing book handy to help with basic construction methods that the pattern instructions do not cover in detail.  Also, fitting a muslin mockup is strongly recommended, as all garments were meant to be worn over period foundation garments or corsetry.

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  • 5
    So cute!

    Posted by Mrs. Hude on Apr 14th 2016

    A very cute playsuit! I'm the gal in the last picture (posted above) and while I'm not the best seamstress, I managed to put everything together all right. I think the pattern has been updated since I made it, so I'm sure it is even better. You will want this one for your summer wardrobe!

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