E-PATTERN- Bathing Beauty- 1940's Swim Suit

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Download and print at home on US Letter or A4 size paper.


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.

--- SIZING ---
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.







This pattern is formatted for USA Letter Size and A4 sized paper.  You will need to print this pattern to 100% scale.  Open the “READ-ME-FIRST” File for instructions on printing and piecing your pattern.


This pattern is tiled into letter sized paper.  You will print these documents on your home printer, cut, and tape them together, to form a larger pattern layout.  Then you cut and use your pattern just as you would a normal home sewing pattern.


This pattern comes in 3 files, and uses a LOT of paper.


  • The pattern sheet uses 30 sheets of paper
  • 12 sheets are needed for the instruction pack
  • 1 for the e-pattern “how to” sheet.


43 total sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ sized paper or A4 sized paper are needed to make all garments in this pattern.  This pattern file is formatted to fit on both sizes of paper, and there will be varying thicknesses of white border, which will be cut off, according to pattern instructions.




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