253 Vintage Bathing Costume


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Misses XS-3XL (updated sizing).

The sewing pattern for our Vintage Bathing Costume dates from around 1890, and features a flattering gored skirt with deep pleats in the back. The skirt buttons at the waistband over a knee-length romper. The bodice featured short puffed sleeves, whimsical sailor collar and tie, with an optional inset "modesty" bib. Top it off with a jaunty Bathing Cap for an authentic look. 

The Vintage Bathing Costume is great for a fun summer outfit. Make it in bright floral or striped cotton, or traditional in navy blue medium-to-heavyweight cotton or lightweight wool with white trim. Wear it without the skirt and omit the "modesty" bib for a casual playsuit.

This is the paper pattern.  For the PDF pattern, go here.  

Suggested fabrics: Medium-weight cottons, linens, blends. Original garments were made in light to medium-weight wools.

Yardage chart (.pdf)