Vintage Swimsuit Saving

The other day found me downtown meeting a friend for lunch.  I was a little early and thought I’d pop into the Buffalo Exchange that was just a block from the restaurant.  And I found a glorious 1950s swimsuit. I nearly fell over.  This sort of thing just doesn’t happen.  As I was carrying it about the store, I had an employee approach me, “Oh, another employee tried that on, I guess it didn’t work out for her. I don’t know why though. Like you could cut if off here,” she motioned to the waist, “and make it a top!” I cringed on the inside, but just said “It’ll be nice to have fun with.” I quickly walked away before I clobbered the girl.  But then I got to thinking, I could wear it as a top, but not at all in the manner she was thinking!  By simply putting a skirt over the swimsuit, it instantly becomes a stellar summer top!

I think I’ll be doing this a little more often now with my other vintage swimsuits now that summer is finally here (or at least I think it’s here…you never know in Oregon).

In other news, I’ve been working on what I’ve dubbed “the hearse dress” that has a long story behind it and I hope to have done by next weekend and share with you!  So back to sewing!

1950s Swimsuit and Renoir Copper Belt: Buffalo Exchange, Portland
Patio/Squaw Skirt: Red Light, Portland
Shoes: Siesta by Miss L Fire, Imelda’s Shoes, Portland
Purse: Birthday Gift from My Dad!
Bangles: Various
Necklace: Match-Maker by Luxulite on Etsy

25 thoughts on “Vintage Swimsuit Saving

  1. Darling…great idea! Dang you have some long beautiful nails…I bet they look ravishing painted a cherry red.

  2. Oh my gosh! I’m so glad you were the one that took the suit home. I hate to think of it being needlessly hacked to pieces. And it looks gorgeous on you to boot!

  3. Um, genius! I have found so much vintage goodness at B.E. that it’s ridiculous! Sadly, there aren’t any in Tennessee … so I go absolutely NUTZ when we hit California forcing my hubs to take me to each and every BE. Love the suit as top idea…I’ve got a great one that I NEVER wear because I don’t go swimming…so now I’ll have to try this idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Oh my gosh that’s funny! I just thought that today myself! I was invited over to a friends house to swim in their community pool. I decided to run to the store, ended up having to buy a vintage repro swimsuit but its absolutely adorable! A coral pink with a 1940’s cut, all I could think of was how cute it would be with a white skirt and heels. Your outfit is so cute! Love all of your posts.

    Jessie Lou

  5. What a great find. And it looks great as a top, how can someone even think of cutting it.
    But I had a similar encounter yesterday: Bought a book with 50ies patterns and the seller thought it was so funny and ridiculous and made jokes that no-one wants to sew stuff like this anymore. Well, I kept quiet and went away 🙂

  6. That’s a great suit! And it makes such a cute outfit, I don’t think I’d ever have thought to wear a swimsuit underneath. Now I’m wondering if I had a full enough skirt (to hide the shorts), if I could try that with a couple of playsuits that rarely get worn…. hmmm!

  7. What a brilliant idea – and way to extract something very positive from (what to us vintage loving – and preserving – gals is) a negative comment. This outfit sings of summer and look so very terrific on you!

    ♥ Jessica

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