RH1501 — Mid-1950s Ladies’ Swimsuit and Beach Coat


50s Swimsuit sewing pattern



Get in the swim!

Based on an original pattern from 1953, this one-piece, shapely swimsuit fastens on the back with buttons or snaps.  Trimmed with shirring at the thighs, our 1950s Swimsuit makes a great beach outfit.

Reconstructing History patterns are different from other reproduction patterns!

We don’t just photocopy old patterns and sell them to you.  We use the original patterns as a basis.  Then we grade the pattern in modern sizes, up to 60″ bust and 54″ waist, so they’ll fit far more sizes than the original patterns ever did.  And we don’t just stick you with the old vague instructions either.  Kass personally goes through each pattern, improving the instructions, modernizing the vocabulary and adding in all those things that the old pattern companies assumed their customers knew.  Yet we don’t remove the flavour of the original pattern, so you can truly experience using a vintage pattern without all the trouble of resizing and “translating” it.

All sizes (busts 28″ to 48″) come in the same envelope.  Also included are assembly instructions, embellishment suggestions, and the extensive historical notes you’ve come to expect from Reconstructing History.

Fabric Suggestions:  
BATHING SUIT:  wool jersey, linen, gingham, pique.  LINING: wool jersey

5 buttons for back closure of bathing suit, 1 button for coat, interfacing for collar

2 yards 60″ wide or 3 yds of 45″ wide for suit; 3 yards 60″ wide or 3.5 yds 45″ for coat

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Additional information

Weight 265 g
Type of Product

Paper Pattern, Downloadable


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