Friday, May 21, 2010

Off To The Beach In 1960s Women's Bathing Suits And Beach Wear

Welcome To The Kitschy Collector's 1960's Women's Bathing Suit Parade: Take A Look At These Hip Models
In the 1960's women and men had "cabana sets" - bathing suits with coordinated jackets or cover-ups. Patterns of polka dots, checks, florals were popular. How about those "boy shorts" shown in the photos below ? And what about the head bands and hair bows? Going to the beach was so much fun in the sixties. Do you still have your straw pocketbooks? Which models would "suit" you?
Models A

1968 Size 14 Bust 36 waist 27 Hips 38 Complete and cut. SLEEVELESS COAT-DRESS OR BEACH-JACKET & BATHING-SUIT WITH PANTIES. The collarless coatdress or beach jacket has high round neckline. The regular length sleeveless coat dress has front button closing. Shorter length beach jacket with braclet length set in sleeves has cord trim at neckline forming tie ends. The lined bathing suit with waistline seam has back zipper, self fabric shoulder straps and optional self fabric or purchased belt. The bathing suit has panties, made of jersey fabric only, with elastic waistline and legs casings. Fabric: All except panties in cottons & blends, pique, sateen, homespun, sharkskin, duck, canvas, Panties in tricot or synthetic jersey
Models B


1960 Cuffed, camisole top bathing suit with "little boy" shorts, and open front beach jacket with large flat collar. Bathing suit has back zipper closing, is completely lined, has elastic in legs of lining. Cuff may match or contrast. Jacket has unmounted sleeves; collar, in one with fronts. Is faced. Large pockets included in side seams and front facing seams. Size 12 Bust 32 Waist 25 Hips 34 Complete with 15 pieces and instructions UNCUT Factory Fold Fabrics: Linen, Pique, poplin, cotton, oxford, sharkskin.
Models C


1969 Young Junior/Teen Bathing Suit and Beach Dress in two lengths. Size 11/12 Breast 32. Complete with 11 cut pieces and instructions. Fabrics: cottons, ginghams, broadcloth, terry cloth, pique, denim, duck, homespun, hopsaking.
Models D


Sleeveless dress gathered to yoke front and back has button closing at left side and shoulder. Above knee length dress has patch pocket. Shorter dress has rick-rack trim. Lined bra has low round neckline, back button closing and rick rack trim. Lined, dart fitted shorts have elastic casings at leg edges, back zipper closing and rick rack trim. Fabrics: gingham, pique, sailcloth, satin, sharkskin, poplin, dotted swiss, voile, satin
Models E


One piece bathing suit with built up shoulders and boy shorts; fore gore gathered overskirt, tied at front. Both garments are proportional to fit the tall figure 5' 8", medium figure 5' 6" and the shorter figure 5' 3" Entire bathing suit is lined, has elastic in legs of lining. Center back zipper closing. Corded piping in waistline seam.

Fabrics: Linen, Cotton, Pique, poplin, gingham,

Which Models "suit" you?

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C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at dianne@cdiannezweig.comVisit my website, CDianneZweig.comDianne is a member of:The American Society of Journalists and AuthorsThe Authors Guild, Inc.

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