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June 22

Stitchcraft Freebie: Lovely 40′s Bathing Suit

Today’s freebie pattern comes once again from the June 1949 edition of Stitchcraft.  As soon as I saw it, I felt I needed to share it with you all since it’s just so pretty & feminine.

Isn’t it darling?!

Here’s another B&W image of the chevron bathing suit:

The open back so feminine and pretty.

Click on the following link to download the pattern as a free pdf: Going Swimming, Bathing Suit Pattern.

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The caption with this particular pattern is as follows:

Don’t be afraid to go into the water in this swim-suit.  The two-colour diagonals sloping sideways make a firm fabric that will not stretch.  Cords at the neck and waist, plus tight crochet all around the sides and back, help to keep the shape.

With a intro like that, I’d be tempted to knit this up if knitting suits were still worn.  :)

This suit is designed to fit a 33-35 inch bust and has a tension of 9 stitches to an inch, which is a slightly tighter gauge than the standard 8 stitches per inch with the same, fingering weight yarn.

Like I said before, I think this suit is just adorable!  With my own beach outing earlier this week, I thought this pattern was extra-fitting to share with you all as well.  So while I doubt you’ll end up knitting this for yourself, I hope you don’t mind me sharing it just the same.  Maybe it could be made up as a mini romper or perhaps you could make just the top half for a halter top with a skirt.  A girl can dream…. heh

As always, be sure to leave me a comment if you’d like to see any particular type of patterns or eras.  Hope you all have a great weekend & have fun in the sun!

  1. Rachel / Jun 22 2012

    Or perhaps the whole thing might make a nice ‘undergarment’ to wear for modesty’s sake under a circular skirt (mine has a nasty Marilyn habit Lol) :)

    • Rachel / Jun 22 2012

      Oh and I should add that I picked up an old stitchcraft from, I think, 1937… with swimsuits in it too :) Including some for the gents ;) There was a very cute one for a little boy too- with a boat on it :)

  2. Sew Little Time / Jun 22 2012

    so cute! not sure about knitted swimwear if you are going anywhere near water tho!

  3. Qui Pardue / Jun 22 2012

    It seems like the best swimsuit patterns are always for knitting!! And I have no knitting skills… But these suits make me want to learn ;)

  4. maddie / Jun 24 2012

    OMG! This bathing suit is awesome. I’m totally downloading this bad boy. Thanks again lady!

  5. Anna / Jun 25 2012

    I have several patterns from the 40s and 50s for swimsuit and although I love the designs I’d never dare to wear them while bathing! How did they do that back in the days, didn’t the garments stretch while wet?!
    Your idea of using the patterns as a mini romper is great, I definitely have to think about that in the future!

    • Karin / Mar 8 2014

      When I asked my grandmother how they did it, she said that her mother (who was knitting her swimwear) was like the queen of knitting. She made the swimsuits a little bit too small, and then streched it when it was done. I don’t know what my great grandmother used to measure the stretch or anything, those are secrets she bought with her to the grave… :(
      … And when my grandmother tried knitting one for herself, it streched so much that it was pretty much five sizes too big…

  6. nancyworegreenstockings / Jul 1 2012

    So snazzy! I just love bathing suit patterns so much, no matter how impractical and silly they are now.

  7. Melanie / Oct 16 2012

    I aodre this swimsuit! If only I had the pattern drafting skills to make it up in cotton. A chevron design is so flattering in swimwear. Alas, I am not a knitter, and the idea of swimming in wool seems absurd, though it was certainly done for decades so it must be ok?

  8. Hannah / Jan 7 2014

    You won’t get cold when wearing wet wool as long as you don’t take it on and off when it’s wet.
    :)

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