L&P #1058: Retro Ruffled Swimsuit and High Waisted Bikini Pattern for 18 inch dolls — the cutest little vintage-style swimsuit!

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We're off to the beach with this pair of vintage-inspired swimsuit patterns from Lee & Pearl!

Our Retro Ruffled Swimsuit channels the feminine '50s with a slightly scooped neckline in front and a waist-slimming low neckline in back, that allows easy on-and-off play without any hair-snagging Velcro™ or other fasteners. The suit's low back is complemented by a fetching double ruffle, sewn into an attractively curved seam that echoes the low back curve. We recommend finishing the ruffles with serger-made rolled hems (sometimes called "lettuce hems") for extra fluffy swirl!

Perhaps your dolls want to grab their longboards and join Frankie and Annette in the beach party-mad '60s? Our High Waisted Bikini delivers mod '60s style in either of two versions: a super-chic plain version that looks great with graphical prints or big Hawaiian-style flowers and a super-sweet ruffled version that, frankly, looks great with everything.

Both swimsuits feature sturdy fold over elastic edges, that also add a pop of color or graphical interest. Our photo-illustrated directions will guide you through an easy two-step method to apply the elastic. Once you've tried our method, you may never go back to plain old inserted elastic.

The High Waisted Bikini is rated EASY, especially if you follow our two-step fold over elastic application method. The Retro Ruffled Swimsuit (and ruffled version of the Bikini) are rated INTERMEDIATE for curved seams on slippery fabrics and serger-produced rolled hems.

Though you might be able to complete these garments on some standard machines with "stretch stitch" functions, we strongly recommend using a serger for the seams in both garments that will be under tension in the finished product, such as the side, curved back and crotch seams.



Swimsuit fabric or other 4-way stretch fabric*
For the Retro Ruffled Swimsuit or High Waisted Bikini with ruffles: 1/4 yard
For the High Waisted Bikini without ruffles: 1/8 yard

Fold over elastic (either 5/8" or 3/4" works best)
For the Retro Ruffled Swimsuit: 1 yard
For the High Waisted Bikini (with or without ruffles): 2 yards

Matching thread

In addition to regular thread, we strongly recommend a cone of "woolly nylon" thread in either a matching or contrasting color, to use in your serger as the upper looper thread for the rolled hem on the skirt.

* 4-way stretch fabrics, which typically include Lycra, spandex or elastane, stretch not only from side to side, but also lengthwise. Test any fabric before you buy it by stretching one corner: to be a 4-way stretch, the fabric must stretch both vertically and horizontally.


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This pattern may be printed solely by the original purchaser. It may not be duplicated, redistributed, posted or resold without prior authorization from Lee & Pearl™. If you use this pattern to make items to sell yourself, we ask that you give Lee & Pearl™ design credit in the description of those items. Thank you!

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Average review
What girl doesn't want a pretty swimsuit. Thank you very much.
4 days ago by karen aris
Such a fun little swim suit. Great instructions and photos help immensly. I used scalloped pinking shears for the ruffle hems and they came out adorable - didn't need to fuss with my serger for rolled hems.
Mar 2, 2018 by Kristin Bowyer
Great pattern! Detailed instructions and great fit with this cute swimsuit, thank you!
Sep 24, 2017 by Jean
This pattern worked perfectly first try and is so cute! I love it and will be making many more. Thank you!
Sep 13, 2017 by Jillian Bruyere
Once again, Lee & Pearl patterns are spot on!
Sep 5, 2017 by Leighanne

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