Thursday, May 7, 2009

Project Day: Framed Vintage Swimsuits


Some time ago I saw some images of a house in the USA where the owner had framed some vintage swimsuits. I put it in my scrapbook for future inspiration. I used the idea last year when we moved into our new home. I decided our dining room would be most appropriate for them as it would create a great talking point. It took some time to buy the vintage bathers, they are hard to find! All of them came from Ebay USA. So the shipping cost a little more than I would have liked but the end result was well worth the time and money spent. The simple wooden frames are from Ikea. I have to admit, I tried a few of them on before I framed them, and danced around the room to Frankie Avalon. How sad is that?

28 comments:

  1. Those swimsuits look fantastic framed! You come up with the BEST ideas. I've collected vintage clothing for many years and have some swimsuits from the 50's and 60's that I'd love to frame like that. But I have no space to hang them. :-(

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  2. That's a great idea! Those frames looks great!
    Have a nice day!
    Federica

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  3. The striped one is my favorite..., what a nice idea to frame them. And what's sad about dancing to Frankie!

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  4. I agree with Pam. You do have the best ideas! Thank you for sharing images of your stylish home.

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  5. That is a fabulous idea, vintage fashion can be a beautiful statement. Thanks for sharing this fun decorating tip.

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  6. A fabulous idea Simone, I bet they are a great talking point. Have a great weekend, enjoy your parties! x

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  7. Sad? nope...I like that idea of framing pieces of clothing... Love that last bathing suit that has the flower on it....You've given me some ideas..

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  8. That was such a cool decor ... Really?! you did try them on and danced?...good for you. It would be more sad if you haven't and kept thinking what if after you've already framed them.

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  9. They look great, Simone! I just got out my old prom dress...I'd like to do something with it...

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  10. Girl, I would have done the same. Except I would have pretended I was Gidget. I can't get enough of your blog, I am becoming a follower! Have a great weekend.

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  11. i think that's such a cute idea - especially for a beach house.
    xox

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  12. Fantastic!! - it would have been criminal not to have had a little try on :)(ooh-I've worked around my prob with commenting on your blog...change computers!)

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  13. Delightful idea with the cossies & so nice to go through your BLOG, its very special & inspiring.

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  14. These are fabulous! I'd be dancing round the room too! you are incredibly clever! xx

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  16. Not sad at all--very cute:) Love the way it turned out--great idea!

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  17. very cool and original!!

    so glad i just found your great blog :)

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  18. Thanks for all your lovely comments. Simone xx

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  19. oh they look fabulous!! The striped ones are exactly the same as a pair I remember my mum wearing in the 70's and she had had them a long time then!!!! wish we had photos of you dancing!!!!!

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  20. Awesome idea!This would be perfect for someone with a cottage!And I love anything vintage!:o)

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  21. VERY neat idea! These were well worth the time!!

    I completely would have tried them on as well!

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  22. Where do people come up with this stuff? I love it!

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  23. Wish I had some of my Mom's - she modeled in NY in the 40's - I do have some great photos though. Great idea...Jennifer

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  24. I just recently received my mother's vintage swimsuit from the 50's and I would like to frame it or hang it somewhere in my home. Great idea!

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  25. Oh Simone this is truly wonderful. I've been reading back through some of your old postings [have only just become a bloggy gal] and saw these in the background of your tablecloth post. I am going to have to replicate. Thank you for this toggy blog! F

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  26. I saw this too and loved it, I looked here on ebay, didnt think of checking o/s

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  27. I stumbled upon your post as I searched online for tips on framing a vintage 1950's bathing suit. Did you use any special materials, like acid free paper, to assure proper preservation of the swimsuit? I wouldn't want to be the one to cause the deterioration of something that's lasted this long! :)

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