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L&P 1058: Retro Ruffled Swimsuit and High Waisted Bikini Pattern for 18 inch American Girl, 16 inch AGFAT and 14 1/2 WW and similar dolls



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NOTE: This listing includes ALL THREE DOLL SIZES for a REDUCED BUNDLE PRICE. This pattern is also available separately in each size.


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

Our RETRO RUFFLED SWIMSUIT channels the feminine '50s with a scooped neckline in front and a waist-slimming low neckline in back, allowing easy on-and-off play without any hair-snagging 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 finished the ruffles with serger-finished rolled hems (sometimes called "lettuce hems") for extra fluffy swirl!

Perhaps your dolls want to grab their longboards and join Frankie and Annette for a '60s beach party? Our HIGH WAISTED BIKINI delivers mod '60s style in 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 looks great with everything.

Both swimsuits feature fold over elastic edges and ties for a sturdy and colorful finish.

The High Waisted Bikini is rated EASY, especially if you download our FREE Sew Easy with Spandex eBook from the Lee & Pearl website at http://leeandpearl.com/free.html

The Retro Ruffled Swimsuit (and ruffled version of the Bikini) are rated INTERMEDIATE for curved seams on slippery fabrics and serger-produced rolled hems.

As usual, Lee & Pearl's photo-illustrated directions and computer-drafted, guaranteed-to-fit-together pattern pieces make each step as easy as possible!


These patterns were developed to fit 18" American Girl® dolls with average chest measurements of 11", average waist measurements of 10 1/4" and average hip measurements of 12" — as well as 16" A Girl for All Time® dolls and 14 1/2" Wellie Wisher™ dolls, Battat Glitter Girl dolls and Play Zone Style Girl dolls.

We value our reputation for perfect fit, so we didn't just scale down the larger pattern to create the two smaller sizes. Rather, we drafted each size from the ground up to suit each doll's unique proportions.

When it comes to construction and fit, 
Lee & Pearl believe in going above and beyond!



1/4 yard of swimsuit fabric or other 4-way stretch fabric

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.

1 or 2 yards of 5/8" fold over elastic

Matching thread

In addition to regular thread, we strongly recommend a cone of "woolly nylon" or "bulky nylon" thread in a matching or contrasting color to use as the upper looper thread for the rolled hems on the ruffle tiers.


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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®, A Girl for All Time® or any other company or organization.

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Great design!

Trudy Helgeson Jul 11, 2019

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Very cute suit and I appreciate that the pattern has 3 different sizes.

Ronda Pindzola Jul 12, 2019

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Adorable! Thank you! I love it!

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As always, Lee & Pearl patterns are well thought out, and provide excellent instructions. Thank you!

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