I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of Vintage Swimwear Patterns: Historical Patterns and Techniques this week. It’s a fabulous book, and absolutely fascinating.
It contains around 25 patterns for retro swimwear, ranging from the 1880s to the 70s. Each pattern has a photograph of the original swimsuit from which the pattern has been recreated and has detailed instructions on making the swimsuit.
The swimsuits range from 20s two piece costumes, to knitted swimsuits, bikinis and geometric 60s swimsuits. As a bonus, it’s not just women’s swimwear, there are also some great vintage men’s swimsuits too!
It’s fascinating for anyone interested in vintage fashion and the history of swimwear, and a great vintage pattern resource for those with sewing skills. I only wish my own sewing skills were up to the task, but it’s definitely inspired me to give something like this a try!
Vintage Swimwear Patterns: Historical Patterns and Techniques by Jill Salen is available now.