Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sew Expensive... McCalls 3977 Designer Bathing Suit

For today's Sew Expensive I have for you a very interesting swimsuit pattern. Granted, it sold a few months ago and I'm just now getting around to posting it but nevertheless, it's expensive and quite interesting! 

The pattern in question is McCall's 3977 from 1956 and it was designed for McCall's by Emilio Pucci. Now we all know that bathing suit patterns from this era are harder to find than most, and when you do find them, they can range from $40 to $100.

Would you like to know what this multicolored gem sold for on Ebay?

An amazing $222.50.
So, what are some of the factors that make this one more valuable than most? First we have the cute sweetheart neckline paired with a skirted bottom and pointed midriff. This combination of details paired with the color blocking effect makes for a very original bathing suit. Then you have the designer pattern factor, always guaranteed to add to it's value and the fact that this one was unused and still in its factory folds.
And of course, there's the demand. Patterns like these are always in demand.

But what do you think of this swimsuit? Of the pattern? Could you conceive of spending over $200 for one of these, even if it has never been used?

Personally, I can't. Even if it was done in different colors I still can't get past the fact that the bathing suit looks like a figure skating outfit.

So sexy.


  1. Wow, that's a lot of money! If it was way cheaper I would love to have it in my collection, just to look at all the detail and the amazing artwork. BUT, as you say, I don't think I'd ever make it up to really is very much like a figure skating outfit!

  2. It looks like a really trashy 80s prom dress D:

  3. Dubious design and quite a ridiculous proposition price wise. Where is the value here? It may be 'desinger', the art work is charming enough, but it would look seriously 80s made up whatever you did to it, there is a reason it has not been used, it's actually not that nice. I would prefer the hat to the costumes.

  4. BAH-HA-HA! That skating picture just made my day. Thanks for that :)


  5. Pucci is highly collectable. I can see myself buying it, IF money was no object. :)

  6. I think if you changed the colors to say black & white, it could be quite adorable. But the price is ridiculous, not worth it.

  7. wowwie! thats a pretty price. no way i would spend that on any pattern no matter how old or how mint. i cringe at the thought of splurging $20 even. i prefer the hunt for a bargain

  8. It looks like an erzatz tutu - the kind the girls' Moms made for the 8th-grade ballet class recital.
    And how on earth do you SWIM in a suit with no shoulder straps?