1950s Swimsuit and Retro Swim Cap Bundle 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Flossie Potter's "1950s Swimsuit and Retro Swim Cap" bundled set includes two full patterns bundled together! Create a darling fifties style swim outfit for her next pool party!

The 1950's swimsuit is designed with panels of striped fabric that connect at various angles. (It can also be made without stripes, using varied colors or prints.)

Typical of that era, the suit has an under-piece with a second modesty front that flares slightly at the bottom, resembling a short dress. Its contrasting top portion is gathered in the center to give the impression of a "bow" with halter-style spaghetti straps that tie behind the neck. The legs are elasticized, and the back closes with elastic across the back waist, making the swimsuit easy to put on and take off.

The Retro Swim Cap adds that 1950's flair to complete the look! Bathing beauties of the 1950s showed off their colored swim caps that were often decorated with flowers and other abstract shapes. The pattern includes two sizes: Short Hair and Long Hair. The caps close with a strap under the chin. The pattern also contains traceable flowers for optional decoration. 

See the complete collection from FLOSSIE POTTER HERE!

If you already have the Retro Swim Cap pattern, you can find the 1950s Swimsuit pattern available separately HERE

Recommended Fabrics: 

Swimsuit - Woven fabric such as cotton or seersucker (Not for knits)

Retro Swim Cap - Stretch Satin


1950's Swimsuit - Supplies Needed:

Main fabric: 1/4 yard of woven fabric such as cotton, seersucker (striped preferred)
Contrast fabric: cotton remnant
2/3 yd of 1/8" elastic (cut into 3 equal pieces)

Helpful tools: serger, turning tool, point turner

Skill Level:  Intermediate

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Retro Swim Cap Supplies Needed:

-1/3 yd stretch satin
-One 1/2" lingerie slider or snap
-6 inches of single-fold bias tape (to match the fabric)
-3" x 10" piece of 2 mm foam sheet (for shoulder-length or long-haired dolls)
-Knee-High sheer stocking
-(Optional Flowers) Remnants in various colors of stretch satin, cotton, or felt:
At least three 2" x 2" pieces
At least three 1½" x 1½" pieces

-Sewing machine with zigzag stitch
-Pinking shears (helpful)
-Point turner
-(Optional) Hand needle
-(Optional) Sewing machine with decorative stitch options
-(Optional for flowers) fray-stopping liquid

Skill Level:  Easy Plus

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What You Get: Two separate PDF patterns.

  • 1950's swimsuit - One 14 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! This pdf sewing pattern contains 5 pages of instructions with full-color assembly photos, 3 pages of pattern pieces, and 1 page of printable summary instructions. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

  • Retro Swim Cap - One 21 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! It includes full-color instruction with full-color photos to show you how to make your own RETRO Swim Cap. It also includes 6 pages of printable summary instructions (to save on printer ink) and 3 pages of pattern pieces.
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Linda L.
United States United States


I hate FOE. I hate LYCRA. I, however, love swimsuits. Voila! The perfect swimsuit pattern for me! It is so easy to make, that is a bonus, but IT IS ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE. I used a cotton plaid in pastel pink, peach and lemon-I wish I had a pic! I have made it in a cotton red. No matter what pattern is on the fabric, or colors, or one color; this suit never disappoints!

Rebecca H.
United States United States

Excellent pattern

I made it last night and was very happy with it. I did not have 1/8 inch elastic and used 1/4 inch on my sample ..The 1/8 will fit much better. I have now ordered some. The bathing suit fit great.

Jozel W.
United States United States

Adorable swimsuit

This is a quick and easy pattern that gives you such great results. I was lucky enough to test it and this may be my new go-to swimsuit pattern for the use of cotton fabric. No dealing with fussy stretch lycra! And it's fast enough to make to have an entire wardrobe of swimsuits for your special doll!