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L&P 1057: Halter Swimsuit with Tiered Drape and Halter Swimdress Pattern for 18 inch dolls such as American Girl — trendy doll swim fashions



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Feminine and flattering — the draped tiers on these sweet suits will put your 18" girls right on trend this beach season!

The graceful, fluttery tiers on our Halter Swimsuit wrap half way around your doll's body, ending at the side seams, while the slightly longer ruffles on the Halter Swimdress float freely all the way around, for a fetching baby-doll dress effect.

The pretty tiers offer loads of design flexibility: use coordinating colors for a modern, sophisticated look — or let your imagination run wild with vibrant contrasting colors and accent fabrics like sparkle or holographic dance lycra, stretch lace and stretch mesh. You can leave the tiers unfinished, finish them with a decorative rotary cutter, or apply a rolled or lettuce-edge hem. You can even leave off the drape tiers entirely to make a super-easy, super-sporty halter tank suit!

Both the swimsuit and the swimdress feature neckline elastic that extends into back straps. Tie the straps behind your doll's neck for a beachy-casual halter look, or cross them in back and attach the ends at the side seams for a sleek, athletic look. It's your choice: we have included directions for both styles.

These suits feature pretty — and sturdy — fold over elastic edges. If you've never used fold over elastic before, don't worry: our photo-illustrated directions will guide you through an easy two-step method to apply it smoothly.

Here's big news if you don't have a serger or have been nervous about sewing spandex-containing swimsuit fabric: as an added bonus, we've included our NO SERGER? NO PROBLEM directions right in this pattern. Yes, you can sew swimsuits like these on a regular sewing machine!


We love this pattern so much, that we created a FREE Tweak the Pattern alteration for FRINGED and BEADED versions of the Halter Swimsuit with Tiered Drape. You can find the FREE tweak document on the FREE STUFF page of the Lee & Pearl website at http://www.leeandpearl.com/free.html


The Halter Swimsuit with Tiered Drape and the Halter Swimdress are rated INTERMEDIATE for multiple layers of slippery fabrics and some hand basting. As usual, Lee & Pearl's photo-illustrated directions and computer-drafted, guaranteed-to-fit-together pattern pieces make each step as easy as possible.



1/4 – 1/3 yard swimsuit fabric or other 4-way stretch fabric*

1 1/2 yards fold over elastic (either 5/8" or 3/4" works best)

Matching thread (to match both the fabric and the fold over elastic)

* 4-way stretch fabrics, which typically include spandex, lycra 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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2,915 reviews

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I made the simplified version of the pattern without the drape for my first attempt, and it was quick and easy to sew. You can even upcycle a child's swimsuit as I did here because the simplified version uses very little fabric.

Julie Holmansky Mar 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This is an adorable swimsuit pattern. This is one of my many projects for summer

pamspam May 3, 2016

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Gorgeous patterns with a lot of variety. I haven't had the chance to make them all yet, but the instructions seem clear and easy to follow. I (and my dolls) thank you for them.

Natalie Ciolek May 16, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

LOVE IT! Great directions, super easy to execute, especially with the fabric/elastic packages available from Lee and Pearl!

Laura May 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I haven't made this yet, but for years I have looked at the pattern and thought okay now is the time to buy it. I Can't wait to make it, thank you.

margkasu Jul 18, 2020

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