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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Catalina Hand Print Swimsuits

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!


Darla: Retro Ways said...

What a eye catching post, I love all of these ads and that picture is gorgeous. This suit is amazing but seeing it in the ads and photos from back in the day makes it that much more marvelous.

Thanks for the lovely lesson I learned quite a few new things.

Take care, have a wonderful day!

♥ Darla

Witchcrafted Life said...

How incredibly beautiful! That poppy print so elegantly refined and artistically lovely. Swimwear was infinitely more beautiful back then.

Wishing you a wonderful day!
♥ Jessica

Angela said...

wow how pretty.

Twila Jean said...

those are so lovely. iI want one so badly now.
my goodness.

Glamoursurf said...

I love these prints! So much better than spandex!