Yellow Polka Dot Bikini – Polka Dot Fabric

Do you remember the song from the 60’s “Itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini“? Well I do, and one thing has puzzled me for years. Was the “yellow polka dot bikini” in question made from fabric that had a yellow background with white or other colour of polka dot fabric? In other words, was the fabric like the left or the right below?

Or… were the polka dots yellow and the background white or some other colour, as shown below? Hmmm….are you thinking about that now?

I have had some spirited debates on this very subject in my swimwear classes, but alas, the question had never been satisfactorily answered, in my opinion..until now. As you may recall from my last post, I took my Master Swimwear students on a field trip to Ann’s fabrics on the mountain in Hamilton. If you’ve never gone to Ann’s, it is definitely a must-stop if you ever come to Hamilton. Three floors of fabric and two of them are swim and dance spandex fabrics! Sorry, I got carried away….Remember this picture I took of their purchases? 

Well, one of those polka dot fabrics is mine. You can see it at bottom left. When I saw that yellow fabric with white dots, I just started humming that song in my head! So now I know, that bikini in the song just had to be on a yellow background with white dots! 
So stay tuned…over the next few days I am going to share with you a step-by-step “pictorial tutorial” of the journey of the Itsy-Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini from Fabric to Fabulous. 
The Itsy Bitsy
Teeny Weeny
Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
It will be seen for the First Time Today!
You can hear the whole song here.

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