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!

2 Thoughts on “Floral Retro Bustier Swimsuit

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

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