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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
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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