Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Clara's 1909 Swimsuit

Since it's still baking hot here in the Phoenix area, I have drawn another swimming suit for Clara.

This week, Clara has a swimsuit from 1909. The outfit is a sailor-suit style dress over long tights, and finished off with some bathing slippers. As you can see, the swimwear does not look very cool, nor very practical for swimming. However, if you compare this to swimming costumes from earlier decades, this swimsuit is a great improvement. It might be more accurate to call these vintage outfits "bathing dresses" instead of swimsuits, since they sure cover a lot more skin than many dresses nowadays, not to mention the amount of skin covered (or not) by modern swimsuits.

All I can think when I see this type of bathing apparel, is "how hot would that be?" My second thought is "that would be so very uncomfortable to swim in." Can you imagine swimming in tights? I am going to guess that most ladies back then did not actually swim, but merely waded in the water.

Still, I think the outfit is pretty cute, if not as a swimsuit, then as a dress, (except I would have to add sleeves).

The original swimsuit is a light aquamarine color with a white collar and black trim. The tights are the same aquamarine color. The swimming slippers are white with black ribbons. This colorful swim outfit is actually a little unusual, since most swimsuits from these early decades were black, or sometimes navy blue.

To print Clara's swimsuit, use this PDF file:
Clara's Dress 25 (783k)

Clara is a free, printable paper doll. Clara will continue to be available on this blog as long as I post new fashion pages for her. You can read the introduction for the Clara paper doll here.

To print the Clara paper doll, use this PDF file:
The Clara Paper Doll (745k)

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