Here’s a lovely pattern now available at the Library as a reproduction. The original, #5215, is from the Butterick “Starred” collection and features a bathing ensemble as worn by Bette Davis. And, yes, Bette did actually wear this in the movie “Working Man”, filmed in 1933. This must have style designed by Orry Kelly was advertised in Delineator Magazine, June 1933. This pattern could still be considered a fabulous addition to today’s current summer wardrobe.
Two-piece outfit in either of two styles with attached undershorts and optional bandana. Pattern is sized for a 32 inch bust.
View A (Yellow version) has a halter-style top with plain front shorts that button at either side.
View B top ties at shoulders and at the open back (Bali print version). Shorts have a pleated front with optional belt loops and belt.
And finally, here is the fabulous Bette Davis wearing the ensemble. Oh my, she wears it well!