That’s my 1900s bathing costume.
Edwardian bathing costumes were either made with wool, cotton or silk fabric. For my bathing dress I used blue cotton fabric.
My Edwardian bathing costume has a sailor collar. Edwardian bathing suits often had nautical details, like this 1900s blue bathing costume with white sailor collar.
I used white cotton fabric strips and black cotton ric rac ribbon to trim the bathing suit.
The bathing dress has knife pleats in front which are stitched down at the shoulder and at the waist under the belt. Here’s a late 1870s bathing suit with knife pleats at the front.
The belt is stitched down at the back and is closed with one button at the front. The description of a 1904 bathing suit says: ‘The girdle holds the suit well in place while it gives perfect freedom to the body in swimming.’
At the back, the fabric is just gathered beneath the yoke and sailor collar. (1900s bathing suit with sailor collar and pleats at the back)
Edwardian bathing costumes were either made with the blouse and drawers in one part and a button-on skirt, or the blouse and skirt in one part and separate drawers. My bathing costume is like a dress with the blouse and skirt in one part.
But because of the belt and pleats, the bathing costume gives the figure an Edwardian S-curve silhouette.
It was a beautiful, warm September day when we took the photos.
This lake was my favorite place. But, sadly, these are the last pictures from there, because the whole area is now closed off with giant brush piles and gigantic sand heaps. 🙁
I put my hair into an Edwardian pompadour hairstyle.
Here you’ll find my tutorial for this easy and authentic Edwardian Pompadour hairstyle.
Here’s an Edwardian black and white photograph of a woman with a similar bathing costume: Atlantic city beach ca.1905 by William M. Vander Weyde
I love the bathing costume 😀 – it’s comfortable to wear and so pretty. It can even be worn today as a sailor-style dress.
With the bathing costume, I’m wearing my matching DIY Edwardian bathing shoes with cork soles, which are made with the same blue cotton fabric.
Here’s a picture of a pretty 1885 bathing costume with bathing shoes.
In the 1900s, legs were never bare while bathing, but were always covered with stockings, usually dark wool stockings. I’m wearing black cotton stockings.
The shoes are comfortable to wear – a bit slippery on steep sand hills like here.
Here you’ll find my pinterest board ‘1900s sportswear‘ with more 1900s bathing costumes.