I had seen a picture of leggings made from a pair of panties for an AG doll. I figured if you could make leggings you could make a bathing suit. So, off to the dollar store I went to pick up some cheap undies.
As I've never sewn stretchy fabric and I've never made a swimsuit I decided to go for a bikini. Somehow a two-piece seemed less daunting.
I created the pattern for the bottoms using the doll's panties as a guide. For the original top I simply wrapped the fabric and pinned it but since then the pattern I created has made it much easier.
Directions:Download the PDF pattern here.
- New/clean panties
- Straight pins.
- Sewing machine or needle & thread.
- Cut out the pieces you printed.
- Trim off the pantie elastic at the seams of the legs. Save this elastic for step #6.
- Lay out the swimsuit bottom pattern on your panties and pin it in place. Ensure that the waist of the doll's swimsuit bottom align with the waistband elastic of your panties.
- Layout the swimsuit top pattern on the panties and pin them in place. Also align the top of the swimsuit pattern with the waistband of the panties.
- Cut out your fabric pieces.
- Cut two 3" pieces of elastic from the leg bands. These will be your straps.
Sewing the bottoms:
- Sew along the edges of the legs using 1/4" seams. Make sure you are sewing the seams on the wrong side of the fabric. Do not sew the crotch.
- Turn the fabric wrong side out and lie up the front and back.
- Sew along the side seams and the crotch using a 1/4" seam.
- Turn them right side out.
Sewing the top:
- Sew along the bottom seam using a 1/4" seam allowance.
Alternative: you can use the extra leg elastic as a band on the bottom of the top. Simply sew it along the edge before going onto the next steps.
- Choose ladies' panties in the largest size possible.
- Choose abstract prints rather than stripes. Lining up your pattern is much easier.
- Choose panties with thinner elastic at the waistband. The dolls aren't that big.
- Always sew the small seams first.