Just looking at the image above, you would realize that this Simplicity doll clothes pattern number 7600 comes with a lot of great stuff: it’s got a cheerleader costume, a formal gown, shorts, pants, shirts, and a swimsuit. What a versatile pattern!
But what you don’t see is that it also includes a pair of bloomers, which are meant to go under the cheer outfit, but which could also be used for a pair of Skipper-sized underpants. That’s a gem! Take a look at the back of the pattern, and you’ll see the panties pattern in the upper right-hand corner of the pattern design area:
Of course, my website offers a free, printable PDF sewing pattern for Skipper sized underpants and a Skipper-sized training bra:
And these could, of course, be altered and sewn using other fabrics, to create a bikini:
And as you can see in the image above, my Skipper patterns will also fit Creatable World dolls, along with many others. Navigate over to my Skipper patterns to see what other dolls can fit these patterns.
But if you’re looking for a one-piece Skipper swimming suit, the Simplicity 7600 pattern offers a lot of great things in addition to the swimsuit. So I do recommend this pattern for all the Skipper fans out there.
Of course, be advised that this pattern was published and copyrighted in 1991. For those of you who don’t know what that means, let me explain; during the late 1980’s and very early 1990’s, Skipper’s body was a little different from the Skipper dolls of today.
Here’s a link to a late 1980’s Skipper on eBay, so you get the gist of the body differences.
The 1980’s Skipper doll‘s legs were more meaty, her bust was a little bigger, and her arms were shorter. It’s not like these patterns won’t fit your modern Skipper dolls at all, but I would recommend making the doll clothes out of stretchy material like jersey fabric, just to make sure they allow room for “give.”
And if you want the clothes to fit your modern Skipper perfectly, you may need to make a prototype out of muslin first and alter your patterns from there.
Most of the patterns I display and talk about here on ChellyWood.com are also available for sale on eBay. However, if you’ve never purchased a pattern on eBay before, it’s a good idea to read the article I wrote called, “Tips for Buying Used Doll Clothes Patterns on eBay.” It will save you time, money, and will likely prevent buyer’s remorse.
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