For your free patterns and tutorial videos, please scroll down to the second set of bullets.
Today’s sewing project is an adorable retro-style bikini swimsuit which will fit most 11 inch or 11 and a half inch fashion dolls.
This project uses the same pattern as last week’s capri pants, but this time we’re going to make the swimsuit top and “booty” shorts.
If you want some miniature green striped fabric like mine, just click on that link to Etsy. I think it would also look really cute in pink striped cotton fabric (click for helpful links to fabric options).
You’ll need 1/8 inch wide elastic as well. I recommend purchasing a yard or more from PensPins on Etsy if they have it in stock.
Note that the tutorial videos display an older version of this pattern, but today’s PDF pattern will work the same way. Just be sure to make two cuts of the shorts on the fold.
Today’s patterns will fit these dolls:
- Queens of Africa Dolls
- Momoko dolls
- modern and Made-to-Move Barbie dolls
- vintage Francie dolls
- Liv dolls
- Disney Princess 11 inch dolls
Here are your free, printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making the outfit shown at the top of this page:
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for 1960’s style bikini to fit an 11 inch fashion doll
- Tutorial video showing how to make the short-shorts (bikini bottoms)
- Tutorial video showing how to make the bikini top
- Tutorial video showing how to do a whipstitch
- Tutorial video showing how to send elastic through a casing
There’s an alternate set of tutorials available in my 10″ doll clothes patterns (although you could use these same tutorials with today’s patterns for a bikini that fits 11 inch or 11 and a half inch dolls). This alternate set of tutorials uses the underpants pattern for the bikini bottoms and incorporates elastic from a pair of human-sized undies to make both the swimsuit bottoms / panties and the bra or swimsuit top. Here’s a link to that set of tutorials.
Disclaimer/Credit/Affiliate Marketing Link:
To honor the trademark rights of the doll companies mentioned in this blog post, I am including links to their websites here. Please feel free to visit their website and consider purchasing one or more of the dolls mentioned.
Queens of Africa dolls are products offered by the Slice by Cake company, which holds the trademark for them (™). They were designed by Taofick Okoya. Please visit the Queens of Africa website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys, books, and fashions.
Momoko dolls are products offered by Petworks, which holds the trademark for them (™). Please visit the Momoko Dolls website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Barbie, MTM Barbie, Francie, and Vintage Barbie dolls are products offered by Mattel, which holds the registered trademark for them (™). Please visit the Mattel Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.
Liv dolls were products designed and distributed by the Spin Master company, which still makes dolls and toys today (although the Liv dolls are no longer in production at the time of this blog post). The Spin Master company held the trademark for the Liv Dolls (™). Please visit the Spin Master Toys and Games website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys and games. Please be aware that the Chelly Wood animated doll is a Spin Master Liv doll that has been re-painted and had its wig colored to appear to look like the real doll clothing designer, Chelly Wood. This was done as a creative project by Chelly’s daughters, and the Spin Master Toys and Games company was not involved in the doll’s makeover in any way.
Disney Princess dolls are products offered by the Disney corporation, which holds the trademark for them (™). Please visit the Disney Toys website to learn more about their company and its trademarked toys.