Aloha Vintage Swimsuit 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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The Aloha Vintage Swimsuit is a historically-inspired design that is appropriate for the late 1930s through early 1950s. Designed exclusively for woven fabrics, features include authentic bloomer-style underpants, a ruffled, high-waisted overskirt, a halter-style top, decorative tie bows, and a vintage-inspired sunhat. An extra set of cutting lines is provided for dolls who are on the chubbier side of the 18" doll world, and also for more recent soft-bodied dolls with smaller dimensions. Directions are written comprehensively to provide many explanatory details for newer seamstresses.

The swimsuit is also specifically designed to pair with the Forever 18 Inches Aloha Hula Accessories! The high-waisted bloomers can be sewn with longer leg openings and without the swimsuit skirt to complement the grass hula skirt and provide a splash of color at the waistline. The swimsuit top is a perfect complement to the bloomers, grass skirt, and other accessories. Happy sewing!

This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®. The Aloha Vintage Swimsuit and Hula Accessories patterns are each available individually, or buy the bundled package to save! The Swimsuit pattern is also available in a bundled pattern with the Vintage Playsuit Skirt. 

Recommended Fabrics:  Tightly woven fabric such as quilter's cotton or other similar medium-light to medium-weight natural fabrics are ideal

Supplies Needed:
Option 1 (with Sun Hat): ½ yd. of 45" wide fabric PLUS ¼ yd. for Hat Lining

Option 2 (with Sun Hat): 2/3 yd. of 45" wide fabric PLUS ¼ yd. for Hat Lining.
If the Straps and Ruffle are NOT cut on the cross-grain more fabric will be needed for alternate layouts.

Option 3 Sun Hat: ¼ yd. of the Main Fabric, and ¼ yd. of Lining Fabric

All Options:
1. Matching thread and sewing needle
2. One pair of small, very sharp scissor to trim seam allowances.
3. Optional: Fray Check
4. Optional: A Frixion pen for marking Dots and tracing around templates (when touched with heat, the pen markings disappear!)
5. A small safety pin for turning Straps and threading elastic

Option 1 Swimsuit (without sunhat):
1. For the Bloomer leg openings: two pieces of ¼" elastic measuring 5.5"
2. Four medium-sized snaps

Option 2 Swimsuit (without sunhat)
1. For the Bloomer leg openings: two pieces of ¼" elastic measuring 5.5"
2. Four medium-sized snaps

Option 3: Sunhat1.
1. For the Hat crown and back opening: two pieces of ¼" elastic measuring 5.5" and 8.5"

Skill Level:  Intermediate 

What You Get: One 59 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. 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.

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PixieFaire and the designers featured are not affiliated with American Girl®. 

 



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SB
08/04/2017
Susan B.
United States

Great swimsuit

Loved the swimsuit pattern. I have done the bows in contrast and matching material both look great. Easy to follow instructions. Pattern piece fit perfectly.

Susan B. verified customer review of Aloha Vintage Swimsuit 18 Doll Clothes Pattern
SM
09/13/2018
Susan Mayhew

Best for older child

The only difficulty I encountered was in turning the very narrow tubes for the straps. I also needed to add to the back for overlap to close; variations in doll sizes is an alert given by the designer in the instructions. It's a darling outfit and the instructions were good. I foresee a lot of frustration for a younger child in putting on the bra section because of the straps. If you are making this for a younger child, I would recommend using the method suggested with snaps for the straps rather than the loops. Moms are going to be asked to help with putting the bra on the doll.

BF
07/25/2018
Barbara F.
United States

Free swimsuit!

I made three of these swimsuits. One for my doll and 2 for granddauthers dolls. The instructions were clear. I completed them all in a long afternoon. Definitely for intermediates due to the fold-over elastic trim and the fact that you are working with stretch fabric.

LO
02/03/2018
Linda O.
Australia

Chic Vintage Swimsuit

A great pattern. Very easy to follow. Fits my new AG perfectly. Love this.

Linda O. verified customer review of Aloha Vintage Swimsuit 18 Doll Clothes Pattern
MM
12/26/2017
Marilee M.
United States

Vintage swimsuit

This pattern is easy to follow with detailed step by step directions. The swimsuit that I made turned out adorable and just like the photo. Thank you.

Marilee M. verified customer review of Aloha Vintage Swimsuit 18 Doll Clothes Pattern