I really love and appreciate all the great friends I’ve made through writing this blog. So many of you have shared your stories about clothing and sewing, and all these stories make for a rich and varied shared history.
Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Janey at The Atomic Redhead. Janey is lucky because she lives in the land of White Stag and Pendleton and Jantzen, otherwise known as Portland, Oregon. From time to time I’ll get an email from her saying that she has a little something I might be interested in. I must be greedy, because I’m always interested in Janey’s gifts.
The latest package from Janey contained the two piece swimsuit shown here. It is, of course, from Jantzen, as the diving girl logo proudly announces. It is made from a creamy white textured polyester knit, and the bra is very structured. Many swimsuit bras from this era were made with a thin padded layer that over time degrades into a gritty powder. But in this bra the padding is intact and shows no sign of powdering.
Thanks to movies like Bikini Beach and Beach Party, some people tend to think that bikinis were pretty skimpy in the mid 1960s, but in my little conservative town, this two piece was about as risqué as it got. As the decade worn on, the bottoms got smaller, and the bras less structured, but in 1965 girls’ swimsuits were like armor!
I can remember my very first “grown-up” swimsuit. It was a hand-me-down from my cousin Arlene, who was two years older than me and who lived near Atlanta and who was my idol. The style was just like the Jantzen here, but was in shades of greens and brown. I’d have never picked that color combination out, but I’ll have to admit, that at eleven years old, I felt very grown up wearing that suit.
This Coppertone ad from 1964 shows the style quite well. No bellybuttons here!