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A blog with a daily splash of vintage swimwear, vintage fashion, news, designer profiles and all things retro.

We welcome you to shop our on-line boutique Glamoursurf, featuring everything you need from the beach to the bedroom. Glamoursurf specializes in vintage swimwear, vintage lingerie, resort wear, cover ups, swim caps and fun in the sun beach accessories.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

As we ring in the New Year of 2010 I hope all my readers has a safe holiday and a prosperous New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

GlamourStyle Ideas

Sometimes in fashion there are images of wonderful pieces that I just wish were made into swimwear. These are a few of my current swimwear wanna be favorites. I'll be starting a new series of these GlamourStyle favorites as I think there are many pieces that would transfer some creative ideas to aspiring swimsuit designers. For this post I focused on the color, the transparency and the beading. The first two would make fabulous cover ups for the beach and the last one has multiple possibilities for swimsuit directions.

Issey Miyake, Paradise Lost, Spring Summer 1977

Kenzo 1983, Iman in red.

John Galliano for Dior Couture, Inspired by the Massai, Spring Summer 1997

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

1920s Flapper Swimwear Fashions



1920s Bathing Beauties



Fashions of the 1920s including some awesome bathing suits and beach coats.



And finally an early photo album featuring Mabel Normand in swimsuit attire.

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Few New Vintage Swimsuit Patterns

Spadea made patterns from many top notch designers. You can read more about the history of these patterns by visiting Fuzzy Lizzy. We've recently listed a couple of vintage Woman's Day swimsuit patterns and a personal favorite by Joset Walker on Glamoursurf. Aren't they fabulous?

Womans Day 3170 Pattern for a two piece swimsuit and cover up

Classic Vintage 40s Woman's Day Swimsuit and matching cover up Pattern size 12. The bloomer and bra set is perfect for swimming, tanning at the beach, picnicking or even sunning in your own backyard. The matching, ever useful shortie coat can be tossed on over your swim set or summer dresses. It laces up the front for closing. The bra top is carefully designed to fit comfortably. It's darted at teh side and has elastic in the back. The coat has a flared back which comes from below the back yoke. The front panels, which are attached to the rest of the coat, rpovide 2 pockets at the top and a roomier pocket on each side. Pattern is unprinted and factory folded.

Vintage 40s Womans Day 3246 Beach Ensemble Pattern

Vintage 40s unprinted pattern from Woman's Day, #3246, size 12. Pattern includes instructions and pattern pieces for making shorts, halter top, short sleeve shirt with pocket and vented hemline, Capri styled pants, and a long sleeve blouse/shirt. Pattern appears to be unused.

Spaeda designer Pattern 502B by Joset Walker

Joset Walker Spadea 502B vintage sewing pattern, size 12. Original vintage unprinted mail order pattern. One piece bathing suit or swim suit with full side buttoning. Deep pleats below the shoulders give flattering contours to the bust line. Pants legs have comfortable cut of boy-shorts. Effectively planned for striped fabrics. Wrap-around skirt can be short or tennis length. Pattern dates to 1961.

If you sew, you can make your own vintage swimsuit by recreating one of these or many others listed on our site. Enjoy!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! Have a safe and prosperous New Year!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Magical Window Dressing for the Holidays

There is something magical that happens to retail window dressing this time of year. We share with you a celebration of what is old and what is new in images of some Christmas holiday window displays as part of our 12 days of Christmas. Enjoy!





















Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Songs for the Holiday

The 12 days of Christmas wouldn't be complete without some Christmas songs. Enjoy!

Elvis Presley & Martina McBride - Blue Christmas



Bing Crosby & David Bowie



Josh Groban - O Holy Night



Louis Armstrong & Billie Holiday


Bing Crosby - White Christmas



Tony Bennet - Christmas Songs




Rosemary Clooney for Christmas Seals

Under the Christmas Tree

Perhaps you need a bit of gift giving inspiration, so today we look at vintage advertising focusing on the Christmas holiday as part of our 12 days of Christmas.

Matchy matchy! Catalina presents Sweethearts in Sweaters. They also have a sweethearts in swimsuits line. Perhaps this would be perfect for your Christmas Sweetheart?

Or a brand new car! Studebaker shows off it's big new version for 1950. They don't make em like this anymore!
Shirts for your man.

Or perfume for the ladies.

His and her watches would always make a charming gift.

Or perhaps a tie for your guy, aren't these fabulous?

Father and son pajamas so the little man can be just like dad.

Something to quench your thirst?



Or perhaps a bit of travel is in order. Get away to somewhere tropical.

Or go stateside,
But fun in the sun is always pleasing to consider, especially when it's cold outside.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Good Buys for Good Guys

For Christmas for the guys, today we continue our 12 days of Christmas posts with a look at 1949 gift giving for the men in your life. Keep in mind the prices reflected are those from 1949. The two page spread ad was put out by Talon, the quality zipper.

Carefully culled form the Christmas crop- tops-for-the-male, tops-for -the money gifts. They're chosen for news, for style, for the wonderful way they take care of every man on your list - without taking every dollar you own. Quality? Listen to this: each and every one, from golf-bag to flight jacket, is closed with the famous, the faultless Talon slide fastener!

Tip-Top tailoring. High schooler's slacks in sheen gabardine blended of wool and rayon. Pocket flaps; continuous waistband. About $10.00 Happ Brothers.

Local Color. Sport shirt in plaid spun rayon with zippered 'middy' front. Don Juan. About $6.00. Trim rayon-and-wool gabardine slacks by Hoosier. $10.95.

Shirt News of 1950. The immaculate white broadcloth shirt gets a business like, smooth-running Talon slide fastener. Designed by Shirtcraft. $3.95.

Short and Sweet. Gray worsted-and-rayon gabardine jacket with quilted rayon lining for warmth insurance, trim elasticized waist. Berkray. $13.95.

Pick for His Pocket. Breast pocket wallet $5.00. Handsome billfold, $7.50. Trim key case $3.50. All in black hand-boarded goat. Prince Gardner.

Good Sport. Pure wool worsted sheen gabardine slacks with ingenious concealed zipper pocket for valuables in waistband. By Champion. $16.50.

Golfers Joy. Heavy hose duck golf bag with 3 zippered compartments. Wilson Athletic Goods. $30.00. Navy corduroy zipper jacket by Marlboro. $8.95.

Crack Shot. Water-repellent pure wool plaid. Zippered jacket, about $18.00. Breeches with zipper fly and legs, about $14.00. By Woolrich Woollen Mills.

Good For Business. Top-grain cowhide brief case with inside zipper compartment. $39.00. Top Grain cowhide portfolio. $22.00. Rexbilt Leather Goods.

Easy Does It. Casual, perfectly tailored pure wool slacks in silver-grey, continuous California waistband, corded side seams. Rough Rider. About $20.00.

Week-end Relaxers. Easy going surcoat jacket in pure wool, rayon lined. B. W. Harris. About $30.00. Pure wool plaid slacks by Hercules. About $11.00.


Chill chaser. Brown horsehide leather flight jacket, with laskin lamb collar. Albert Richard. $27.50. Rayon gabardine slacks by Oberman. About $15.00


Open-Air Pair. Wool gabardine jacket, alpaca lined, mouton collar. Ace Sportswear. About $18.00. Wool and rayon plaid slacks by Hubbard, About $18.00.


Leather Treasures. Genuine alligator cigarette case, $7.00. Key case in south African ostrich $5.00. Saddle leather billfold $7.00.

Gift Ahoy! Sea-going twosome: convenient zipper jacket and matching pants in salty faded blue denim. Henry I Siegel, jacket plus pants $7.98

Friday, December 18, 2009

Santa Baby!

Cry baby that is. Today for our 12 days of Christmas posts, we look at uncomfortable crying kids with Santa. All these images of Santa were taken in 1948. The pictures were made by a company called Santa-graf Corporation. In 1948 the company was just a year old and was based in Chicago. They partnered with department stores across the country and charged $1.00 per photo. Not a bad business proposition.

These images show that some kids just don't like the stranger named Santa. After long waits and noise, then to be sat upon a stranger in a white beards lap, proves to be just too much for some kids. Funny, I don't think I liked this much as a kid myself, and when my daughter was young she wouldn't go near Santa or any large person dressed up in had to toe costume.