Feminine and flattering — the draped tiers on these sweet suits will put your 18" girls right on trend this beach season!
The graceful, fluttery tiers on our HALTER SWIMSUIT wrap half way around your doll's body, ending at the side seams, while the slightly longer ruffles on the HALTER SWIMDRESS float freely all the way around, for a fetching baby-doll dress effect.
The pretty tiers offer loads of design flexibility: use coordinating colors for a modern, sophisticated look — or let your imagination run wild with vibrant contrasting colors and accent fabrics like sparkle or holographic dance lycra, stretch lace and stretch mesh. You can leave the tiers unfinished, finish them with a decorative rotary cutter, or apply a rolled or lettuce-edge hem. You can even leave off the drape tiers entirely to make a super-easy, super-sporty halter tank suit!
Both the swimsuit and the swimdress feature neckline elastic that extends into back straps. Tie the straps behind your doll's neck for a beachy-casual halter look, or cross them in back and attach the ends at the side seams for a sleek, athletic look. It's your choice: we have included directions for both styles.
These suits feature pretty — and sturdy — fold over elastic edges. If you've never used fold over elastic before, don't worry: our photo-illustrated directions will guide you through an easy two-step method to apply it smoothly.
Here's big news if you don't have a serger or have been nervous about sewing spandex-containing swimsuit fabric: as an added bonus, we've included our NO SERGER? NO PROBLEM directions right in this pattern. Yes, you can sew swimsuits like these on a regular sewing machine!
The Halter Swimsuit with Tiered Drape and the Halter Swimdress are rated INTERMEDIATE for multiple layers of slippery fabrics and some hand basting. As usual, Lee & Pearl's photo-illustrated directions and computer-drafted, guaranteed-to-fit-together pattern pieces make each step as easy as possible.
Since launching our Etsy shop with a single 18" doll pattern in July of 2013, Lee & Pearl have built a reputation for quality patterns that sew easily and fit perfectly. You will never find a mis-matched curve in a Lee & Pearl pattern! But along with those reliable pieces, clear directions and carefully drafted measurements, Lee & Pearl are proud of our reputation for making patterns for doll clothes — clothes that anyone can make — that look just like the real thing.
Whether it's a perfectly-detailed, but still easy to make baseball cap, or a mesh trucker hat, or a skating dress with a skirt carefully drafted to hang just like the real ones, or a slinky wrap dress indistinguishable from a '70s original, or a unisex t-shirt that manages to be both unfitted and fitted enough to slip under jackets, or a replica U.S. Army uniform that has to be seen — and made — to be believed, or... we could go on and on.
And don't get us started on our hat patterns. Lee & Pearl designer, Elizabeth Atwater Menes, studied millinery at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Perfectly made hat patterns will always be a Lee & Pearl specialty.
In 2014, we added a Fabric & Trim Kit section to our Etsy shop, to share some of the wonderful, hard-to-find fabrics and materials we are lucky to be able to source here in the Los Angeles garment district. Check our selection regularly for new additions before they sell out — or scroll down and subscribe to our mailing list to hear about new kits as soon as they launch!
We LOVE doll craft tutorials. We love to watch them, read them and most of all, we love to make them.
We also link to our own, and other favorite tutorials from crafters around the Internet, on our Pinterest Crafts & Tutorials Board.
One of our most popular tutorial features is the FREE "Tweak the Pattern" we often feature in our monthly newsletters.
We love it when people take our patterns beyond the outfit on the cover. In fact, we often do that ourselves. And when we do, we love to put those ideas into free pattern or tutorial form for our Newsletter subscribers.
Here are a few of our recent pattern tweaks:
Use the FREE Tweak the Pattern skirt pieces to turn popular Pattern #1055: Skating Dresses for 18" Dolls into a whole range of red carpet, recital, Ice Princess and bridal gowns.
Here's a swimsuit Tweak of Pattern #1051: Ballet Basics for 18" Dolls — and here's an easy felt beanie tweak of Pattern #1008: Classic Ball Cap and Big Fat Trucker Hat for 18" Dolls.
Don't worry if you missed any of these tweaks: all newsletter content, including the FREE Tweak the Pattern downloads, are available in our Newsletter Archive.