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 slightly scooped neckline in front and a waist-slimming low neckline in back, complemented by a fetching double ruffle, sewn into a 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 flowers and a super-sweet ruffled version that, frankly, looks great with everything.
Both swimsuits feature sturdy fold over elastic edges for an added 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.
Join the Lee & Pearl(tm) community: like us on Facebook (Lee & Pearl), follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/LeeandPearl) and join us on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/leeandpearl) and Flickr (www.flickr.com/photos/leeandpearl). And please sign up for our mailing list at www.leeandpearl.com to get the FREE members-only pattern, #1051: Ballet Basics for 18" Dolls.
Elizabeth Atwater Menes ("Pearl") is a fiction writer and historian with a background in costume design. Elizabeth has created costumes for theatrical and Hollywood film productions, and she lives on ...
Elizabeth Atwater Menes ("Pearl") is a fiction writer and historian with a background in costume design. Elizabeth has created costumes for theatrical and Hollywood film productions, and she lives on Pearl Street in creative West Los Angeles, California.
Rebecca Menes ("Lee") is a PhD economic historian with a background in business as the proprietor of The Vintage Cookie. Rebecca is also the homeschooling mom of a wonderful eight-year old, and she lives on Lee Street in historic Alexandria, Virginia.
Elizabeth and Rebecca grew up touring the Eastern United States with The Dragon Marionettes puppet company. They have worked on theatrical scripts, props and costumes since their teensy fingers could hold pens, hammers and needles.
Rebecca and Elizabeth – Lee & Pearl – would love to make sure other children have as much fun with imaginative play as they remember having.