Floral Retro Bustier Swimsuit

Retro Vintage boned bustier floral swim suit Marusya Anagrassia

Ever since college, I’ve mused about making a bikini. They are easy to make and require very little fabric (obviously), so I’m not really sure why it took me so long to make one. Perhaps it’s because of my taste for polyester swimsuits.

Growing up, my sisters and I went through so many lycra swimsuits, because they would fade in just a few weeks from the chlorine and sun. So when Speedo & TYR started offering longer lasting polyester suits, I never went back to the lycra suits.

Even with all the beautiful lycra fabrics available in my local stores, I was never inspired enough to make swim suits out of it. I just wasn’t convinced that it was durable enough to withstand the chlorine and sun.

Finally after my sister’s persuasion (and commission), I decided to give vintage bathing suit making a try! Neither of us are string bikini gals. We like more coverage/support. So we decided on a retro swimsuit design. This design requires much more work than your typical lycra swimsuit. Why? Because the fabric is polyerster/rayon (looks like linen) and not stretchy, so the fit must be exact. In addition, I’ve also added boning to the cups and side.

Retro Vintage boned bustier floral swim suit Marusya Anagrassia

Before beginning my sister’s suit, I decided to make one for myself first. I found a sewing pattern to help me pattern the cups, but the pattern’s directions were slim so I used it as a guide instead. I also changed it up by adding boning to the cups with elastic and snaps on the back, rather than hooks.

15 vintage boned swimsuit Marusya Anagrassia copy

I LOVE this swimsuit! It’s extremely flattering & fun!

Good thing I made a practice suit because I have a few things I want to change to the design for my sister’s swimsuit! You’ll have to wait to see it, in the meantime…

Retro Vintage boned bustier floral swim suit Marusya Anagrassia

 Here’s a sneak peek!

One of the little girls we babysit for wanted to design her suit!  I told her if she drew up different designs, I’d choose one of them! Here’s the drawing we are using for inspiration!

Retro Vintage boned bustier floral swim suit Marusya Anagrassia

Retro Vintage boned bustier floral swim suit Marusya Anagrassia

Retro Vintage boned bustier floral swim suit Marusya Anagrassia
The straps don’t fit the dress form

Retro Vintage boned bustier floral swim suit Marusya Anagrassia

Retro Vintage boned bustier floral swim suit Marusya Anagrassia
Some of her other swimsuit designs

Retro Vintage boned bustier floral swim suit Marusya Anagrassia

I made turquoise polyester bottoms to go with this top! I also plan on making a matching high-waisted skirt to go with this top too!


Color nature with Copic markers!

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  1. Reply

    that is one nice looking bustier swimsuit! love the shape of the cup and the fabric work so well with the design.

  2. Reply

    […] my sec­ond vin­tage inspired swim­suit. (View my first bustier bathing suit top here.) It’s another boned bustier top made with a polyester/rayon […]

  3. Reply

    Okay this is just too cute. Can u pls tell me wht pattern you used as a guide and where I can buy the fabric?

    Thanks!

    1. Reply

      I’m glad you like it! I bought the fabric over a year ago and the pattern is Burdastyle’s bustier pattern!

  4. Reply

    I tried making this with the Burdastyle pattern and the pieces did not match up. Did you have the same problem?

    1. Reply

      I don’t remember having an issue. But since I made this over a year ago, I may have forgotten.

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