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-Late 1800's Reproduction-
1885 Swim Costume
Sp80-Bath Ladies' Swim Suit, circa 1885

As taken from the original pattern text: 'The model illustrated is of dark red serge, which is piped with white at the edges.  The blouse is cut down in a square at the front and back, but is kept snug at the neck by a small yoke or collar, which is buttoned in front.  The bathing cloak is usually made of thick striped eider-down flannel, or else of Turkish towelling.  The simplest shape is that illustrated, which consists of a straight breadth of the goods from a yard and three-quarters to two yards wide, shirred closely to the proper width at the neck, and completed by a deep round or sailor collar.'

Both of the two bathing caps included in this pattern have brims which are stiffened with whalebone. The front of this cap is trimmed with a braid band and bow, as illustrated in the center and right of large picture above.  The other cap (shown left in the picture above) has a pleated crown and cape at the back, this cap being adjustable by means of a draw string and a large bow of matching fabric is placed against the front.  The fabrics cited for the caps are: oiled silk or waxed linen.

As it was thought the home sewer could fabricate the cloak per instructions and dimensions as given above, the pieces were not furnished in such publications as this came from therefore, only the pieces to the swim suit and caps are furnished in this pattern.

5-1/2 yards of 34" fabric required for the complete suit

Complete 11-piece pattern in size 18 (36" bust, 30" waist, 39" hip)