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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.

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MATERIALS:

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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Sign up for our mailing list at www.leeandpearl.com, and you'll receive our newsletter full of free pattern tweaks, tutorials, crafts and printables. PLUS, you'll get the link for our annual members-only FREE PATTERN.

Starting in December 2018, that's Lee & Pearl Pattern 1038: The Gift Bow Front Dress for 18 Inch, 16 Inch and 14 1/2 Inch Dolls.

While scouting the fashion pages and runway reports for inspiration, our pattern designer was struck by one of the prettiest trends we’ve seen in a long time. You’ve probably noticed it too — all those soft ruffles and gathers, interesting pleats and seams, bows and motifs formed out of the fabric of the dress itself. It’s an organic kind of ornamentation, that allows over-the-top frills while still retaining the elegant restraint of a vintage couture gown.

Our Bow Front Dress explores this lovely trend with pleated raglan sleeves, a draped front panel and inverted center front pleats that mimic the look of a tied ribbon bow. Best of all, we designed this dress to be made from a single quarter yard or fat quarter of ordinary woven fabric — a dress designed around the use of pretty fabrics should allow you to use a wide variety of pretty fabrics!

Do not miss out on this pattern — join our mailing list today at www.leeandpearl.com.

Join the Lee & Pearl™ community: like us on Facebook (Lee & Pearl), follow us on Instagram (#leeandpearl), share us on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/leeandpearl) and watch us on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/leeandpearl).

We made the cute sunhat our girls are wearing using Lee & Pearl Pattern #1007: Bush Hat or "Boonie" for 18" Dolls – https://www.etsy.com/listing/193278760/lp-pattern-1007-bush-hat-or-boonie-for?ref=shop_home_active_4

To see our other patterns, visit the PATTERNS section of our Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/leeandpearl?section_id=15862176&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1

To see our selection of Fabric & Trim Kits, visit the FABRIC & TRIM KITS section of our Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/leeandpearl?section_id=15860795&ref=shopsection_leftnav_2

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This pattern will be delivered as an instant download. After purchasing, you will receive a link to a PDF copy of the file. No paper copy will be mailed.

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!

Lee & Pearl™ is not affiliated with Mattel, American Girl® or any other company or organization.
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.

***

MATERIALS:

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.

***

Sign up for our mailing list at www.leeandpearl.com, and you'll receive our newsletter full of free pattern tweaks, tutorials, crafts and printables. PLUS, you'll get the link for our annual members-only FREE PATTERN.

Starting in December 2018, that's Lee & Pearl Pattern 1038: The Gift Bow Front Dress for 18 Inch, 16 Inch and 14 1/2 Inch Dolls.

While scouting the fashion pages and runway reports for inspiration, our pattern designer was struck by one of the prettiest trends we’ve seen in a long time. You’ve probably noticed it too — all those soft ruffles and gathers, interesting pleats and seams, bows and motifs formed out of the fabric of the dress itself. It’s an organic kind of ornamentation, that allows over-the-top frills while still retaining the elegant restraint of a vintage couture gown.

Our Bow Front Dress explores this lovely trend with pleated raglan sleeves, a draped front panel and inverted center front pleats that mimic the look of a tied ribbon bow. Best of all, we designed this dress to be made from a single quarter yard or fat quarter of ordinary woven fabric — a dress designed around the use of pretty fabrics should allow you to use a wide variety of pretty fabrics!

Do not miss out on this pattern — join our mailing list today at www.leeandpearl.com.

Join the Lee & Pearl™ community: like us on Facebook (Lee & Pearl), follow us on Instagram (#leeandpearl), share us on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/leeandpearl) and watch us on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/leeandpearl).

We made the cute sunhat our girls are wearing using Lee & Pearl Pattern #1007: Bush Hat or "Boonie" for 18" Dolls – https://www.etsy.com/listing/193278760/lp-pattern-1007-bush-hat-or-boonie-for?ref=shop_home_active_4

To see our other patterns, visit the PATTERNS section of our Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/leeandpearl?section_id=15862176&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1

To see our selection of Fabric & Trim Kits, visit the FABRIC & TRIM KITS section of our Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/leeandpearl?section_id=15860795&ref=shopsection_leftnav_2

***
This pattern will be delivered as an instant download. After purchasing, you will receive a link to a PDF copy of the file. No paper copy will be mailed.

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!

Lee & Pearl™ is not affiliated with Mattel, American Girl® or any other company or organization.

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