Saturday, June 30, 2012

1950s Inspired Swimwear

Hello everyone. Here’s a swimsuit that I actually made last year, but I just never got around to photographing it…it’s a bit hard trying to photograph swimwear when I’m surrounded by cornfields. Haha. So last week when I went up to Lake Michigan and it was the perfect place to finally document my swimsuit.















I drafted my own pattern using my measurements. The swimsuit is made from a print cotton and the inside is fully lined with a cream jersey. I wanted a mix between a two piece and a one piece so I thought that key holes would make a nice touch for that. There’s a zipper in the side seam for getting in and out of. I’ve swam in this swimsuit so many times, and I think that the cotton actually holds up pretty well.

There are a couple of tears here and there, but that’s just from all the crazy use that it’s gotten. This was my first swimsuit of this style and I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out. I’ve made the same swimsuit a couple different times since this one; using different fabrics and working out some of fit kinks that were in this one. I hope that you like it and happy summer :)

45 comments:

  1. Absolutely love it. Hope you had a great time at the beach!

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  2. Such a cute suit and very pretty photos! Can I ask what kind of camera and settings you use? I bought a new camera and am having so much trouble with it, haha

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    1. Thank you Catie! Yes of course. I was using a nikon D7000 and a 50mm f/1.8 lens. Because it was very sunny out I had my shutter speed set to around 8000 and my Iso set to it's lowest (100). I hope that helps you and congrats on your new camera!!! :)

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  3. omw. I absolutely LOVE your swimsuit!! SO CUTE! You should design and sell those, I actually think you could make a ton off of them.

    <3 Little Lady

    http://insunshineandshadowsmew.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I actually am making a couple of these for a collection that I will have up for sale later this fall in my etsy shop :)

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  4. It's adorable, and perfectly unique! I love that it's a little bit of both :). So completely fifties, I love it! I could see you selling these ;).

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    1. Thank you Angie!! I actually will be selling these along with some of my other designs as well. They will be up in my etsy shop later this fall :)

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  5. Beautiful swimsuit & such lovely photos!!!

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  6. that is the coolest! i want one lol i need to work on my sewing skills

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  7. Love the fabric, color, style and 50s look. Great suit! Your creations are amazing. Your photos remind me of Marilyn Monroe beach photos from the 50s.

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  8. It's beautiful! Can you make me one?
    melissasonico@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you Melissa!! I will actually be selling more of these swimsuits in my etsy shop along with some other designs as well. They will be up later this fall :) If you'd like I can be sure to send you a quick e-mail once it's up? Thanks for the support of my work :)

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  9. So lovely, you are brilliant! I recently started my own blog and would really appreciate you taking a look at it. So far its not much, but should eventually include my sewing and design. I hope your doing well.
    tata,
    Pilar

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  10. oh here is the link: http://avapilar.blogspot.com/

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  11. Cute! Where are those sunglasses from?

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    1. Thank you! I actually can't quite remember...it was some store that had many different accessories and sunglasses for sale. I think that I got these for $5.

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  12. that is the cutest swimsuit i have ever seen in my life! do you think you would sell the pattern? i think you should! open an etsy shop with only that pattern and you'd be a hit! or add it to your already cool shop ;o)here's my new shop : www.letsbacktrack.etsy.com if you'd like to check it out.

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    1. Thank you Hannah for your kind words and that great idea!! I will actually be making a couple of these swimsuits to put up in my etsy shop along with some other designs of mine that I'm working on for a collection. I should have them up in my shop this fall :)

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  13. gorgeous! can't believe you made it- very authentic :)

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  14. gorgeous swimsuit! you look charming :)

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  16. such a lovely swim suit. I'm trying to get back into the blogger world....(have a few new posts on my blog)......and I checked yours first. such wonderful photos as usual. Praying for you and your family--so sorry to hear about your brother. <3

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    1. Thank you Hannah! It's good to hear from you! The photos on your blog are beautiful by the way! I checked them out a little earlier but I didn't have time to comment. And thank you for your prayers, they really mean a lot :)

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  17. love the suit and your pics Esther, beautiful!

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  18. Wow you are talented!
    - Hannah
    www.fashionorfunctionnyc.com

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  19. The most beautiful swimsuit I've ever seen!

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  20. Lovely photos :)

    www.laflorinata.com

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  21. These pictures are so beautiful and I love how you gave them a retro/vintage feel. The sand looks so soft also. It's not like sand we have in California.

    Your hair is so gorgeous!

    freshfizzle.com

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  22. Very lovely swimsuit, I've been looking all over for something just like that. It is absolutely perfect! I also just discovered your blog here, it is very nice! I will definitely be following :) xx


    http://carlymaddox.blogspot.com/

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  23. Perfect perfect perfect. You look smashing and these photographs are beautiful!

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  24. That's great! I didn't know you could make a suit from cotton lined w/ jersey. I might have to "follow suit". ;)

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  25. As always, I am blown away! I started following your blog after the Scholastic Awards featured it in a newsletter last summer, and I was excited to read about your national award this year. I can't wait to see the portfolio you'll create for the Scholastics this coming year.
    You've been a huge inspiration to me, and without seeing your work I don't think I would have started experimenting with photography this summer. Thank you so much for what you do.

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  26. Adorable. I would love to have something like that :) I never seem to find swimwear I like!

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  27. LOVE it! Found you through The Drifter and the Gypsy. You are so talented!

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  28. oh my gosh, WHAT this is incredible i cannot believe you made this!! it is gorgeous! i'm getting my seamstress certification this year for school, and this just made me that much more excited to really learn to sow, then i can hopefully make some beautiful pieces like you, this is beautiful!

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  29. What a talent you are! Fashion AND photography. I love these images! And you are a stunning girl! Would love to have you in front of MY camera!!! Beautiful. Glad I found you on "Happiness Is..." Blog.

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  30. Wowwzass! (hmmm apparently my love for this swim suit has turned me into a 50's journalist >_< heh) This is dreamy!! You look incredible in it, it looks so perfect on you <3 <3 xoxox

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  32. Remember how our body has to "fill out" the swimsuit? The curves of our body help to keep the suit in place.

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  33. Gorgeous oulook! So warm and sunny.
    Want to share tips about how to choose a proper swimwear:
    swimwear to choose.
    By the way, I followed you up with GFC, it'd be great if you follow me back.

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