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Today’s tutorial video and free sewing pattern are for more advanced sewists. You can see that I’ve given the pattern four flowers on my difficulty scale (see below), because this swimsuit does have a lining.
To learn more about how the difficulty scale works, please click here.
Be sure to scroll down for the easy-to-download PDF pattern. You can find it in the second set of bullets below.
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There’s a full list of all the dolls that will fit into today’s swimsuit in the first set of bullets (scroll down). As you can see, in the image below, Judy Littlechap isn’t the only doll who can fit into this swimsuit nicely!
Cotton is probably the easiest of these fabrics to work with, and that’s what I used for my swimsuit.
Today’s swimsuit/bathing suit project can also double as a bodysuit. You can make a simple skirt for your Littlechap family dolls (both Judy and Lisa will likely fit it) by using this pattern, which I designed for 17 inch Endless Hair Kingdom Barbie, but which will certainly fit the 13 inch Littlechap ladies.
If you own the Littlechap Family dolls’ brochure, you may already be aware that Judy Littlechap did have a swimwear ensemble that was sold as an accessory, but I think these are rare and somewhat high priced on eBay, when you can find them.
So today’s swimsuit pattern gives you another option, if you are a doll collector and you’re trying to sell a Littlechap doll. Certainly selling the dolls with clothes — even handmade clothes — can bring up the price of a collectible doll on an auction website like eBay.
One of the trickiest parts of my swimsuit pattern is making the back closure. If you’re the kind of person who tends to just fly by the seat of your pants, rather than watching my sewing tutorial videos, I would advise you to really pay attention to the last half of today’s tutorial, to make sure you get the back closure section right.
One more thing I mentioned in my video is the Fiskars precision scissors I use, when I’m clipping my seams. If you don’t already own a pair of Fiskars 5-inch stitchers’ scissors, I do recommend buying some. They really help you step up your doll clothes sewing game!
In today’s video I also mentioned Dritz size 2/0 snaps or Dritz size 3/0 snaps and a Dritz fabric pencil. Those links should help you locate each of those items, if you have an interest in buying them.
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Today’s swimsuit/bathing suit/body suit pattern will fit these dolls:
- Lammily First Edition dolls (from Lammily LLC)
- Vintage Judy Littlechap 13 inch dolls (from Remco)
- 13 inch My First Barbie dolls (from Mattel)
Note: this swimsuit pattern also fits Ken, including Gay Ken (the one with the earring and pigtail), modern Ken (but not Broad Ken), and 1980’s Ken (the one with the muscular body). It would be the perfect swimsuit for making a cross-dressing Ken outfit, if you’re inclined to make one!
Here are your free, printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making the swimwear shown at the top of this page and in the video:
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for the swimsuit/bathing suit/body suit
- Tutorial video for making the dress, found at the top of this page
- How to do a whipstitch
- How to do a backstitch
- How to choose fabric
- How to tie a knot using a needle and thread
- How to press seams open, using a hot iron
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The 13-inch Judy Littlechap dolls were only produced by Remco for one year, and by the end of 1963, the whole family of Remco Littlechap dolls were discontinued. Today, Remco still produces toys, but the Littlechap family of dolls, which included Doctor John Littlechap, his wife Lisa Littlechap, teenage daughter Judy Littlechap, and younger sister, Libby Littlechap, are no longer available in stores. You can, however, find and collect all of them at very reasonable prices, on eBay. Visit the Remco website to see what toys and games they offer today.
Little Miss Matched is a Tonner doll. Chelly Wood and ChellyWood.com are not affiliated with the Tonner brand of dolls or the company that produced them. Little Miss Matched and other Tonner dolls were created and produced by Robert Tonner for Tonner Doll Company, Inc., which holds the trademark rights to them (™). At the time of this blog post, the Tonner Doll Company no longer produces dolls, but you can learn more about them at this link or purchase collectible Tonner dolls on eBay or through other online auction sales.
Clea Bella dolls were created by Christina Bougas, of the Bella Productions Doll Company, and she often signed her dolls “Bogie” on the back of the doll’s head or neck. These “Bogie” dolls were often designed as theater characters or ballerinas. Chelly Wood and ChellyWood.com are not affiliated with Clea Bella or other dolls designed by Christina Bougas, nor are they affiliated in any way with the Bella Productions Doll Company. At the time of this blog post, I was only able to find Clea Bella dolls on eBay, and Wikipedia’s information dates back to 2017. So although Christina Bougas probably still holds the trademark rights to her dolls (™), I’m not sure how to contact the Bella Productions Doll Company. If you know more than I do about this doll company, please leave a helpful comment.
Alexandra Fairchild Dolls were created by the Madame Alexander Doll Company, which holds the trademark rights to these dolls (™). Chelly Wood andChellyWood.com are not affiliated with the Alexander Fairchild Dolls or the Madame Alexander brand of dolls, but Chelly enjoys designing clothes that will fit their dolls. To learn more about the highly prized and collectible dolls made by the Madame Alexander Doll Company, please visit their website at this link.
Dreamtopia Endless Hair Kingdom 17-inch Barbie dolls and My First Barbie 13 inch 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.
Lammily dolls were created by Nickolay Lamm, the CEO of Lammily LLC, which holds the trademark rights to these dolls (™). Chelly Wood andChellyWood.com are not affiliated with the Lammily LLC company or the Lammily brand of dolls, but in 2014 Chelly contracted with them to design the “Winter Wonderland” and “Cozy Wear” sewing patterns for their dolls. Because of her contract agreement with Lammily LLC, Chelly does not specifically design doll clothes patterns to fit the Lammily brand of dolls to post on the ChellyWood.com free pattern website. Instead, if some of her patterns which were designed to fit similar-sized dolls happen to also fit the Lammily dolls, she adds a link to that pattern to her Lammily gallery of free doll clothes patterns. This agreement is designed to encourage people to purchase patterns from the Lammily doll company so their remarkable doll business will thrive. To learn more about Lammily dolls and the positive impact they have on children’s body images, please click here. To purchase one of the many sewing patterns offered by Lammily LLC, please click here. To shop for a Lammily doll, please click here.