Edwardian bathing costume
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Edwardian bathing costume

As the summer warmed the Finnish lakes, I wanted to try swimming in Edwardian style. So, I decided to make my own Edwardian bathing costume consisting of combinations and a skirt. I didn’t use a specific pattern or an inspiration image but tried to combine elements I have seen on period bathing costumes. I documented the whole project on video and the link to the video is down below. You can even see me swimming in the finished costume!

The bathing costume details

Watch the video to learn about the patter drafting and the construction of the bathing costume. Here are just some pictures of the details that are not so visible on the video.

The back closure of the bathing costume skirt.
The back closure of the skirt.
The ribbon detail on the skirt hem.
The ribbon detail on the skirt hem.
The buttons and the buttonholes.
The buttons and the buttonholes.
The finishing of the neckline seam.
The finishing of the neckline seam.
The puffed sleeve.
The puffed sleeve.
The bow tie.
The bow tie.

The finished bathing costume in pictures

We travelled north to spend some time at my parents’ summer cottage. That was a perfect opportunity to test out the Edwardian bathing costume. The weather was beautiful and the summer sun had warmed out the lake water. Here are some pictures we took:

Edwardian bathing costume front without the bow tie.
Edwardian bathing costume front without the bow tie.
The Edwardian bathing costume from the back.
Back.
Front with the bow tie in place.
Front with the bow tie in place.
The jumpsuit underneath, a back view.
The jumpsuit underneath, a back view.
The jumpsuit from the front.
The jumpsuit from the front.

All in all, this was a nice little project and I like how it turned out. The only thing I will have to fix later is the skirt waistline that is a bit too loose. You can clearly see in the pictures, how it tends to slide down from the waist and the effect was even more clear when swimming. Luckily, I only need to move the hook and eye to fix it.

I hope you liked the video and the pictures. Let me know if you prefer the videos to traditional blog posts to the text down below in the comments. Thank you for reading (and watching) and see you soon. And remember to subscribe to my YouTube channel here!

Katja

I am a mother of two. I sew, knit and create and blog about it.

6 Comments

  • Leena Mannsåker

    Hienoa! Äitini kertoi Suomessakin käytetyistä uimapyjamista, minulle jäi mieleen vain, että niissä olisi ollut alaspäin levenevät lahkeet. Äitini oli syntynyt v. 1918 mutta hänellä olen nähnyt vain tavallisia uimapukuja.

  • Brenda Webster

    I loved this post!
    Personally… I prefer to read posts ( quicker… and often more detailed) During Covid 19 we are in a small place and I cannot always inflict lovely sewing videos on my husband too often! But I am also known to binge watch all my my favourite costume and sewing youtube videos ( when he is out for a walk on his own! LOL)…… so I will be looking for yours too!

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