Bette Davis Swim Ensemble

Bette Davis Swim Ensemble

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 actually wore this in the movie “Working Man”, filmed in 1933.  This “must have” style designed by Orry Kelly was advertised in Delineator Magazine, June 1933, and could easily be considered a fabulous addition to today’s current summer wardrobe.

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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 below) has a halter-style top with plain front shorts that button along both sides.

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View B top ties at shoulders and at the open back (Bali print version).  Shorts have a pleated front, optional belt loops and belt, and buttons along both sides.

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And finally, here is the fabulous Bette Davis wearing this ensemble.  Oh my, and she wears it well!

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