My inspiration is this fabulous Edwardian (1910-1919) swimsuit in the Kent State Museum:
I have been fortunate enough to see it in person and took notes (and it's on exhibit right now, actually if one fancies a jaunt to Kent) :) (note; the photo links to their on-line collection site, I didn't see a way to link to the page on it directly, a search for 'Bathing Suit' brings it up pretty quickly.)
First up; my pattern pieces I drafted:
The back panel actually should be a bit more curved on the bottom and the piece I cut out was curved more. The thing at the top is the 'pockets' piece :) I made them curved like this to allow for the pleating at the bodice-waist. I didn't do a pattern for the skirt, I just cut 5 skirt trapazoids and gathered the excess fabric in the back. I think I should've kept the front edges straight instead of flared, I did trim them straight-er after assembly.
Tuesday I finished basting the facing along the center front and last night I cut out and attached sleeves. I must be getting better at inserting sleeves because it went entirely without incident... spooky. I think the stretchiness of the wool helped a bit though ;) My fabric is a summer-weight wool; I wish it was a little lighter in color, it looks black rather than navy.
I also altered my pocket-belt thingy a little and cut it out! woot!
Here are some pics of me wearing the swimsuit at its current state (please ignore the messy sewing room in the background):
It looks a lot wider than the extant one, but I'm thinking that's because *I* am wider than the manaquin, eh?
I also cut out bloomers last night :) They're huge, but I want poofy gathered bloomers so hopefully they'll look right once gathered together.
* add waistband to bloomers, put 'em on and mark the hem. hem.
* Add white stripe to the bloomers
* Add white edging to pocket-belt
* Attach pocket-belt thingy
* Buy buttons! Attach buttons, sew button holes.
* shorten sleeves (they need to be above the waist line), add white edging
* draft sailor collar, attach and add white edging
I have plenty of the wool left over, pondering making a cap to go with this *ponder*