Crochet bikinis set for summer resurgence

Crochet bikinis set for summer resurgence (Photodisc)

Crocheted bikinis may be associated with decades gone by, but according to one designer they are set to become hot property this summer.

Chloe Dunlop, who designs swimwear, claims that this is a golden era for vintage swimming costumes and two pieces.

Her love of all things 70s has certainly translated into her creations, however she claims that this nostalgic trend is spreading quickly, not only in her Gold Coast, Australian home but elsewhere too.

Goldcoast.com reports that her new line of crochet swimwear, entitled She Made Me, features a range of hand crocheted bikinis made from natural colours and original 70s patterns.

Ms Dunlop told the publication: "I love the carefree nature everyone had in the 70s. Free-spirited girls roamed around and it seemed everyone was focused on having a good time. There is a community on the Coast who are stuck in that era."

The hard-working crocheter explained that the collection took a few months of research and involved enlisting the help of her grandmother to create initial samples.

"I sourced patterns from the 70s and my grandma crocheted them all by hand. Then I got them refined and designed them to be more modern," she added.

This was to avoid some of the pitfalls associated with crocheted bikinis, which include colours fading, ill-fitting designs and swimwear which stretches out of shape, especially when damp.

Ms Dunlop admitted: "It's something that you have to spend a lot of time perfecting. I worked hard to get the fit right so the bottoms wouldn't go saggy when wet.
"The cups are lined, the pants are front-lined and there is elastic in the bottoms."

She went on to say that she has tested the bikinis out by wearing them to surf in on the Gold Coast, proving that they are very practical as well as stylish.

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