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Hello there! I’m still working on an 18th century levite gown - today I’m completing the waistband of the skirt, and I will be moving on to the finishing touches for the robe itself - trim, closure, and skirt. I won’t finish that today, but within the next couple of days I expect I shall!
Vintage swimsuits were made with materials that seem completely foreign to us - wool or wool flannel in the very early years up until the 1930s and 40s, and cotton in the 40s and beyond. I’ve made one in cotton myself, and it’s really not that uncomfortable or strange to wear in the water. It’s a bit heavier than contemporary swim fabrics, it takes longer to dry, and you obviously have to use different closures (i.e. zippers for bottoms, if a two piece, or the whole thing, if one piece). Additionally, there is the problem of the fabric fading after contact with chlorine from swimming pools. I recommend that you always rinse your suit off as soon as you can when you get out of the pool! Just run into the bathroom and jump under the shower for a second if you’re lounging in between - that way you can preserve your color much better. You can also just use modern lycra for your vintage suits, tons of people do! I don’t see anything wrong with that either.