We recently blogged about our fabulous find of a Catalina Two piece Hand Print swimsuit here which is part of the sweethearts in swimsuits line. Mary Ann DeWeese was the designer at Catalina when these were being produced. While going through our archives I was able to find a few more of these Hand Print ads. First off the California Lobster! Wow, I'd kill for this one! Spending part of my high school years in Massachusetts I definitely have an affinity for lobster.
Then check out these hand blocked Bengaline suits by Catalina. Bengaline is a woven fabric with fine 'ribs' (such as rayon, nylon, cotton, or wool) often in combination. Stretch Bengaline, is the same but with elastene, so a stretch woven fabric. When cut to ribbon widths it is called grosgrain.
That two piece one with the goldfish or tropical fish is just Divine!
And then yes! We found the ad for our Catalina California Poppy swimsuit as seen below. First the ad, then as seen on a model, and finally the one in our shop.
Just under the bust and at the side seams the pieces are sewn together with a fagoting stitch. Fagoting is a form of stitching and fills the space between two finished edges.
We're always on the lookout for these Catalina's, if you happen to have one for sale, send us a link!