Aren't these fun? The spread is from ladies home Journal, May 1972. Apparently if you sent in a coupon and a check for $8.95 the patterns editors at LHJ would send you fabric panels. The panels are batik, as shown on the background. Once the item is sewn you then spray with Scotchguard and hand color the fabric with indelible felt tipped pens.
Created for this spread was a dashiki (Simplicity 5043), a pant skirt (Simplicity 5082), a halter maxi dress (Simplicity 9927), a short jacket (Simplicity 9961), and a bikini (Simplicity 9378).
We've got some wonderful swimsuit patterns at Glamoursurf if you fell like trying this yourself. I don't think Ladies Home Journal would send you the fabric any longer but you could find something comparable at your local fabric store and spend an afternoon or two coloring and sewing.