September 18, 2011

How to make an incredibly authentic looking 1920s bathing suit

Day 261 of Vintage 365


Carrying merrily along with celebrating National Sewing Month, today's post comes in just under the wire - the end of summer wire, that is.

I am continually impressive by the resourcefulness and creativity of vintage lovers, especially those who know their way around a needle and thread.

Recently I came across a detailed set of instructions on the superb historical costume blog, American Duchess, which provides detailed step-by-step instructions on how to turn a large sized men's heavy weight cotton knit shirt and a belt (paired, optionally, with knee-high trouser socks and Mary Jane shoes) into a staggering authentic looking 1920s bathing suit.


With a bit of pattern design and sewing, the lovely woman (and creator of this tutorial) pictured above, has made a bathing suit that really and truly looks as though it could have been plucked from your great-grandma's attic.

Run, don't walk, over to American Duchess and feast your eyes on the (relatively) easy steps needed to transform the most basic of everyday times (a black t-shirt) into a very historically accurate looking, completely delightful bathing suit that's both inexpensive (especially compared to buying an authentic 1920s wool swimsuit!) and incredibly charming.

Though summer may be nearly over, you can always whip up this great sewing project during the nippy months to take on a tropical vacation or tuck loving away in your closet for next summer.


  1. Glad to have found this great blog!
    Hope you are feeling better soon:)

  2. I just found this post and wanted to thank you so much for linking to my little 1920s bathingsuit tutorial!

    1. Hi Lauren, thank you very much for your comment and for sharing this amazing tutorial with the world. I sincerely appreciate it and really hope to make a suit like this of my own one of these summers.

      Thank you again, dear lady,
      ♥ Jessica