Friday, June 10, 2011

Not so Itsy, Bitsy, Orange Polka Dot not Bikini!!

I have a confession.  I am a swimsuit hoarder!  Now, granted, we live on the lake and we have a pool, but really, 22 swimsuits??  Really????  I can't help it.  I am in them almost every day and I like variety and now that I know that I can make them, I can see that number climbing!!!  I really, really love this orange polka dot 2 piece suit:
I made it out of a poly/cotton blend and it is fully lined.  I used this pattern for the top:
I've had this in my stash for quite some time, but for some reason thought making a swimsuit would be hard. But it was easy peasy.  The bottoms were made from another vintage pattern that belongs to my niece and I returned it without photographing it first.  Oh well.  This suit fits perfectly and isn't too revealing.  I do admit however, that I will only wear a 2 piece if NO ONE is around! 
This was actually 3rd swimsuit attempt.  Here is my 2nd one made from the same pattern using the bottoms on the pattern as well.

I don't like this one as well because it's a little bit too big in the hips and the elastic in the legs is too "puffy".  I may take the bottoms apart and redo them, because I really like the fabric and the fit of the top.

I will show you my first suit, which is made from a 1950's pattern another day, I still need to photograph the pattern!

This weekend is full of wedding activities for me as my cousins son is getting married and I am chauffering grandparents around all weekend!  My DS and DH are out of town for the weekend for a boat race (please say a little prayer for their safety!)




Mountain Mama said...

Your swimsuits are adorable. I haven't had one in years but I remember it was a one piece navy blue. Nothing fancy just serviceable.
I think it's great that you can make them. I remember back in the 70's my oldest daughter asked me to crochet her one. I did and it had to be lined. She liked it but I thought it was too revealing.

Carolyn said...

You have done a great Job with those bathers. Very cute! I like the orange polka dot a lot...
Thanks so much for your nice comment on my coat

Kitten loves vintage said...

I also have a weak spot for swimsuits and bikini and should probably not learn how to make them as I already have more than I need...Your swimsuits look really nice though, especially the polka dot one, well done!

Jenny said...

Okay. Seriously impressed here. You make swimsuits? Holy moly!

that orange one is my favorite!

Missouri Gal said...

I think the orange suit is awesome! I'd wear it if I wasn't fat!