How do you measure vintage swimwear?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by listitcafe, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. listitcafe

    listitcafe Registered Guest

    How do you give an exact measurement on vintage swimwear? Especially cup size? These two tops have dertical underwiring and I think they are bullet tops......
    -Chris

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  2. bluevelvetvintage

    bluevelvetvintage Trade Member

    Very cute tops!
    It is a little tricky to measure swimsuits. Especially if they have a low back. I usually measure from the inside and try to get the tape measure down into the cups and back up the other side and see what it comes to.

    Also, when I put swimsuits on my mannequin, I usually first have to stuff her a bit as she's not that well endowed. Then I measure around after I've filled in the cups with tissue.

    I usually make an educated guess at the cup size! So far I've only had one returned that didn't fit.

    I'm sure there are much more efficient ways of doing this, that I haven't figured out yet. Hopefully someone else will chime in with other helpful hints.

    Theresa
    Blue Velvet Vintage Clothing and More
  3. fuzzylizzie

    fuzzylizzie Trade Member

    Yes, it is tough. I usually measure them on the inside.

    Lately I've had people email me and ask for the length of suits also. That can also be a bit tricky!

    Lizzie
  4. glamoursurf

    glamoursurf Trade Member

    I measure but side to side, waist, hips, length and gusset. All are stated unstretched. Cup sizei s difficult and I usually estimate to my best knowledge. Some brands like Roxanne ussually have cup size listed. Cute suits!

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