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How to Sew a Vintage Style High-Waist Bikini

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I think vintage high-waist bikinis are classy, comfy and cute! But, they cost quite a lot of money if you buy them in the store (and they're hard to find also) - and there's no guarantee they'll fit you properly. It's very simple and inexpensive to sew them yourself at home! Once you get the sizing right - you can make lots of different styles. I made four bottoms and one top - in my spare time over a couple days. I'll guide you through the process here! The bikini bottoms I made were from real vintage swimsuit material that I got from my grandma - obviously any swimsuit stretchy material will work!

I tried to get a variety of photos so you could really see how the fit was - I didn't do the best job in photographing myself - but I tried!

If you have any questions, please ask.
 
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Step 1: Materials Needed to Sew Vintage Swimsuit

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Materials Needed:
  • One yard of swimsuit fabric (you may use much less - but it's better to have more just in case)
  • One yard of swimsuit lining fabric (optional - if you want to fully line your bikini bottom - if not, only need 1/4 yard)
  • 1/4 inch Braided Elastic (generally comes in a bundle of 8 yards)
  • 1/8 inch Soft Stretch Elastic (in a bundle - need a couple of yards)
  • 1 Swimsuit bra hook - if you plan on making the bikini top
  • Sewing machine, pins & fabric cutting tools
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marynystedt made it!2 months ago

so I made the bottoms of the suit, and I think they turned out pretty good for my first time sewing anything, but I'm unsure how to make the top. I was wondering if you could explain it a little more detailed. Thanks!

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I am having so much trouble trying to figure out where to add the inches. I am a size medium.. Where on the cutout for each piece do I add the inches? a picture would be very helpful!!

maicholito4 months ago

Agradezco fueran claros en información si no dejan descargar el pdf free no lo ofrezcan

FrecklesMagee5 months ago

This is my favorite type of bathing suit, but I can't ever find one! This is great! Thanks, and congrats on the win!

L.L.Cool6 months ago
Totally professional looking. Very well done.
yitsa10 months ago
Sorry, i have a question, you didn't explain the part of sewing the lining of the suit right?

Thanks

:)
bupkiss11 months ago
MICE LOOKING MODEL
KimBaker11 months ago
I love this and thank you, thank you very much! I'm a huge fan of high waisted bikinis and this is a great idea! Thanks again,

Kim
www.myhighwaistbikini.com
shazni1 year ago
Wow Holly...yet another grand prize win! congratulations!
HollyMann (author)  shazni11 months ago
Thanks so much Shazni!
Hi Holly! I understand now, apparently I had a different version of Adobe, so it was opening the .pdf but the print screen was completely different, and I just wasn't realizing that it was a different Adobe program. I downloaded the "reader" program and got it working! Thank you for the link and information! :)
HollyMann (author)  7under1roof1 year ago
Ok Good!!!
It says that i need to become a pro member in order to get this pattern.
I'm dying to print this out, but I can't find "Page Sizing & Handling" in order to change it to poster :( I've clicked on every "advanced" option on my print page and can't find any way to change it to multiple pages.
HollyMann (author)  7under1roof1 year ago
Hi!!! I'm glad you commented! I just uploaded one more image (see above) which will show you exactly how to print it out. You must use adobe reader to view the pdf file first. That can be downloaded here: http://get.adobe.com/reader/ free. Then, go to File: Print - and then the screen will popup. See my image for the rest of the instructions. Hope this helps!!!
And here is the Grand Prize Winnnner :). Congratulations!!! Holly. Happy to see you a winner (oops grand prize winner).
HollyMann (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Thank you so much Tarun!! :)
hcachat1 year ago
I am definitely making this!!!! I can't stand how low cut most bathing suits are. Thank you for posting.
HollyMann (author)  hcachat1 year ago
Awesome! I just wanted to let you know - if you can wait a little longer - in a couple hours I am posting a new/revised and better pattern (it will have S,M and L sizes on it) - I did a lot of testing this week to get it so it was better than the orig. pattern. I will overwrite the old pattern files once it's done. Thanks for the sweet comment!
HollyMann (author) 1 year ago
Thank you guys for voting - I really appreciate it! I wanted to give an update here - I am going to be posting a revised pattern - which will have sizing options for S, M and Large. I hope to do this within the next day or so! I made some pattern changes - it'll make the process a lot easier for anyone who wants to make this!
groovymama1 year ago
Congratulations!
HollyMann (author)  groovymama1 year ago
Thanks so much Groovymama!
groovymama1 year ago
Congratulations!
And here is the winner :). Congratulationsss!!!
shazni1 year ago
this is really great! love the fabric and the fit! definitely vintage! hope you win...you always got my vote :-)
HollyMann (author)  shazni1 year ago
Thanks so much Shazni!!! :) You always have my vote too - I love your creations!!!
This is so beautiful Holly. Just love it and I totally agree about the curve thing :D.
HollyMann (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago
Thanks so much Tarun! :)
Voted in Vintage Contest :)
i love it. classic and classy.
HollyMann (author)  thinkdunson1 year ago
Thank you! :)
Please tell your son to keep his opinions to himself. Nothing wrong with the picture. :)
HollyMann (author)  obviousgenius1 year ago
haha - thanks - I feel better! :)
chikid681 year ago
Great job I was very impressed with the formed cup top.
I have made a few bikini tops (for others not self lol) and always had to do soft cups thanks for showing a way to do formed.
HollyMann (author)  chikid681 year ago
No problem! I plan on making other tops too. I do like how easy it is to use the basic bra which you probably already have lying around at home. Most women have some extras! :) It made things much easier :) and cheaper than buying bra inserts from the store!
Actually being a guy I dont have any extra bras laying around lol. Now I bet you get the not for me remark
HollyMann (author)  chikid681 year ago
Haha good to know!
HollyMann,

THANK YOU!!! For bringing dignity and class back to female bathing suits and, again, I say THANK YOU!! Very well executed!!

Whit
HollyMann (author)  adbkwhitley1 year ago
Thank YOU for the best comment ever - made my day! Whit - I agree - what happened to the classiness of the past?! I'd much rather wear this and be comfy - than something showing my butt hanging out! ;0 I especially like this suit here - the pattern for the bottoms - because it really covers you up completely. The top I made was a bit too tight or small - but next time I'll change it up. :) Thanks again for the nice comment!!!
MR..1 year ago
LOVE IT.
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