Sunday, August 8, 2010

Hollywood 1341

I found this early 1940s pattern on eBay back in January:

Here's the front view:

And the back view:

You may recognise the printed cotton fabric from this dress. I simply adore the combination of light green and pink, not to mention floral fabrics, so I just had to buy several yards :)

This was the first time I worked with an unprinted pattern. I was a bit worried that the perforations would be confusing, but the instructions had a neat little layout explaining the functions of the perforations:

When I picked the pattern for the 'Poolside Pretties' category of the Summer Essentials Sew-Along, I initially thought that the mini sarong was a separate piece, however, it is attached to the bikini bottoms:

The bottoms provide a lot of control of the sarong and they actually have a much more flattering fit than I thought at first.

The alterations I made using this pattern were very minor. They are as follows:

Graded it up from a vintage size 12 to a vintage size 14.

Used snaps instead of buttons.

Did a pink top-stitch instead of applying the suggested rick rack trim.

Did not line the bikini top.

The outfit came together quite easily and I'm very happy with it. It is a very wearable set and I've worn it plenty since I finished it :)


  1. Once again, adorable! Not to make it sound too juvenile, because it's actually a quite fetching ensemble. I'd love to find a similar sarong/skort pattern for myself!

  2. Thank you :D

    I think you could easily use a modern sarong pattern, shorten it and attach it to a pair of short shorts. You basically omit the waist band for the shorts and go with the tie waist band for the sarong instead. You have to match the side seams of the shorts to the side seams of the sarong and then it's pretty straightforward. Just make sure the hidden/inner half of the sarong front stops about 2" before the place where the shorts close.

    I hope that made sense :)

  3. Delightful. :) I love this community of sewists working with vintage patterns, bringing a sense of glamour (and modesty, but with STYLE) back to fashion.

    Wonderful job on your bathing cossie!

  4. I was so glad to see this! I recently brought this same pattern and am planning on making it soon. Yours looks wonderful!The fit and everything looks great

  5. It looks totally awesome! I love that fabric and it is perfect for this charming outfit. Kudos!

  6. Love your finished suit! Hope you don't mind me asking, but would you be interested in selling the pattern? Please let me know if you are. Thanks!