The Flossie Potter Swim Cap is called RETRO because the swim cap, or "bathing cap," was an essential part of women's and girls swim wear for many earlier decades.
In the 1880s the first versions of the swim cap were introduced. They were made of rubber on the inside with satin on the outside. By the Roaring '20s, the cap was not only functional but fashionable. In the 1940s movie goers were treated to musicals with big synchronized swimming numbers that featured both plain and elaborate caps. Bathing beauties of the 1950s and 1960s showed off their colored swim caps that were often decorated with flowers and other abstract shapes.
The Flossie Potter RETRO Swim Cap comes in 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.
This PDF sewing pattern contains 19 pages of 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.
Recommended Fabrics: Stretch Satin (NOT Lycra), 2mm foam sheet
-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 zig-zag stitch
-Pinking shears (helpful)
-(Optional) Hand needle
-(Optional) Sewing machine with decorative stitch options
-(Optional for flowers) fray-stopping liquid
Skill Level: Easy Plus
What You Get: One 21 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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Flossie Potter's "1950s Swimsuit and Retro Swim Cap" bundled set includes two full patterns bundled...
The cap for short hair is great for Kit. Good instructions and photos to help with each step. Sews up quickly. Also included is how to put the long haired version on your girls.