1960s Beach-wear Sewing Patterns
In the early part of the 1960’s swimwear was still pretty conservative, much like the decade earlier. However fashion ideals began to change rather quickly in the mid 60’s with the introduction of the bikini and low cut bathing suit bottoms. Until the 1960’s fashion was geared towards adults so inspiration was drawn from high fashion couture houses. In the 1960’s things began to change as fashion designers began to focus on the tastes and style of the up and coming youth market. The bathing suits from the 50s and early 60s were cut straight across the top of the leg in the form of a modesty apron that hid the separate matching fabric crutch. Fabrics in swim wear also changes in the mid 60’s when they were mainly nylon or Lycra or a mix of the two materials. This added the all-important factor that was stretch and pull on like a pair of underwear. The bikini made its debut appearance on the beaches of France all the way back in 1946 and hit the big screen in Manina, la fille sans voile (Manina, the Girl in the Bikini) in 1952, starring Brigitte Bardot. The film however was not released in the United States until 1958, but was followed by Ursula Andress starring in Dr. No (1962) and Raquel Welch in One Million Years, B.C. (1966). These were the stars of that era, definitely sexy and definitely wearing bikinis my boyfriend would have approved of.
Our 1960's vintage Beach-wear pattern collection is available in sizes ranging from XXS – XXL. We offer either the original pattern, a high-quality true to scale 1960s sewing pattern reproduction or an easy PDF sewing pattern to download at home.
References: Dust Factory