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L&P 1058 Retro Ruffled Swimsuits for 18 Inch Dolls


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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. *** Sign up for our mailing list at, and you'll receive our newsletter full of FREE pattern tweaks, tutorials, crafts and printables. PLUS, you'll get the link for our annual FREE MEMBERS-ONLY PATTERN. In 2017, that's Pattern #1025: She Blinded Me with Science Unisex Lab Coat (or Unlined Coat) and Safety Goggles for Dolls. This is our first multi-size release, which contains patterns drafted for 18” dolls, 16” dolls and 14 1/2” dolls — because we think every child, and every doll, should know the thrill of launching a chemical reaction or spotting a single-cell organism in a drop of pond water! Do not miss out on this pattern — join our mailing list today at Join the Lee & Pearl™ community: like us on Facebook (Lee & Pearl), follow us on Twitter (, join us on Pinterest ( and watch us on YouTube ( *** 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. *** BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY The High Waisted Bikini is rated EASY. The Retro Ruffled Swimsuit and ruffled version of the Bikini are rated INTERMEDIATE for curved seams and 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. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Please be aware that 18 inch dolls can vary significantly in their measurements. These patterns were developed on a Mattel-era American Girl doll, and will fit differently on different dolls.

Recommended with this pattern

  • NOTE: 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.
  • Swimsuit fabric or other 4-way stretch fabric: For the Retro Ruffled Swimsuit or High Waisted Bikini with ruffles you will need 1/4 yard. For the High Waisted Bikini without ruffles you will need 1/8 yard.
  • Fold over elastic (either 5/8" or 3/4" works best): for the Retro Ruffled Swimsuit you will need 1 yard. For the High Waisted Bikini (with or without ruffles) you will need 2 yards.

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Lee & Pearl
Lee & Pearl
Elizabeth Atwater Menes ("Pearl") is a costume designer with a background in history. She has created costumes for theatrical and Hollywood film productions, and recently moved to a beautiful, big workroom in Texas. Rebecca Menes ("Lee") is a homeschooling mom with a background in traditional academic education — and traditional arts and crafts like weaving and spinning. She lives 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.