Wearing History #R124
PRINTED PATTERN- Mailed to you!
Misses’ Bathing Suit & Skirt
This pattern dates from the early 1940s and includes a bathing suit, trunks, and a long skirt which can be used as a cover up or as a cape.
The bathing suit has a ruched top and a wrap skirt. Under this, you wear separate trunks or shorts. The skirt can be worn either as a skirt or a cape.
We find the fit of the trunks to be a bit odd by modern standards. You may wish to substitute modern swimwear bottoms underneath the swimsuit.
This is a pretty big pattern packet with 20 pieces!
Special thanks to Nicole at Paper Moon Vintage, who made this pattern possible by loaning us her original.
This pattern is vintage size 12- XS
This pattern is available in one size only. Bust 30", waist 26", hip 33"
This pattern will not be multi-sized in the future. The cut did not lend well to pattern grading, but we are happy to offer the original period source size in order to allow today's sewing enthusiasts a chance to make this beautiful fashion of the past.
- Difficulty -
Intermediate difficulty. Instructions are original to the time period and are somewhat minimal.
-Size Information and Yardage Requirements-
This pattern particularly lends well to a mid-weight fabric with a good drape, such as rayon challis.
Because this was based on a period original, a mock up is HIGHLY SUGGESTED. Test construction and fit on your unique figure before cutting into your fashion fabric.
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.