April 11, 2017

Mother & Daughter 50s Swimsuits

Back in the 50s, the mother-daughter matching fad was in full swing... but who knew it was this easy to create the look?  Woman's Day showcased a number of real swimsuits that you can make from simple shapes for ladies and their cute kiddos. 

Many of these looks are sarong style swimsuits, meant to fit and feel almost like a sun dress, and would have been made from woven cotton (without any stretch).  Stretch cotton blends were in their infancy in the 1950s.  Stretch cotton fabrics first showed up in sportswear, but not until later in the decade.

The easy-to-sew trend was a winner back in 1953, as evidenced by these adorable photos.  Here's a one-piece halter suit with skirt style wrap made from four simple pattern pieces (shown above) that can be printed and enlarged to fit your dimensions, or your daughter's.

Next, an all-white 1950s bikini made of Everglaze crinkle cotton.  The pattern pieces are slightly altered triangles in a diaper-wrap made popular by Claire McCardell in the 50s.  The word "diaper" mentioned here has nothing to do with babies, but refers to the overlapped design of the bottoms.

On this set, the one-piece design has been cutaway into a two-piece bikini style.  These pattern pieces are almost modular in this sense... definitely inspired by tiki styles from Polynesia.

And here's another look borrowed from Claire McCardell, including a bandeau bra top and simplistic shorts, gathered and tied at the sides.  Both the design and the chartreuse color of this bikini is classic to 1953.

And oh-my-goodness, cuteness galore in these wee swimsuits for the little ones.  The bandana print is actually made of two Western style scarves, seamed once and tied halter-style at the neck.  Ready for some sun & fun!


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  3. Adorable matching swimsuits!!! My mom has been my role model since childhood and has played a vital role in developing my confidence. I would love to buy the matching swimsuits for both of us. I have recently bought 02 pairs of Cosabella swimsuits and thanks to them for lovely stuff and design.

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  5. This brings back many memories of my children when they were young, always at the beach.

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