Babydoll Dress Swimsuit Hack

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Learn how to make the Babydoll dress pattern into a swimming suit! It’s a great little skirted swimsuit top that pairs with any swim bottom.

Every summer I make a swimming suit for all of my kids. I realized that the babydoll dress pattern would make a great swimming suit with a few alterations!

It’s a simple sewing project as long as you know how to attach elastic to the edges of swim knit, and the skirt is such a fun detail!

Babydoll Dress Swimsuit Hack

My daughters love having swimsuits with skirts and ruffles. They always request it whenever I start working. They swim so much every summer that their suits usually only last one summer maybe two.

I love this bright print, because it lets the details of the swimsuit shine. It would looke great in a print too though!

Babydoll Dress Swimsuit Hack

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back of skirted swimsuit

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When you go to cut out the fabric, cut out one size smaller than what you would choose for a dress or top. I chose to make the long bodice for extra length, but the short bodice would work too. Cut out one front and one back.

For the skirt cut out the long skirt since it has more gathering, but shorten the skirt a lot. Cut it shorter than the short skirt. Cut out two short pieces.

pattern pieces to cut

Sew the shoulder seams and the side seams with a serger or a zigzag seam.

sew shoulders and sides

Add swim elastic to the neckline and the armholes. Fold the elastic over enclosing it in the fabric and zigzag it in place.

add elastic to neckline and armholes

Sew the side seams of the skirt with a serger or a zigzag stitch. Hem the skirt with a zigzag stitch or a twin needle.

sew skirt and hem

Sew two basting stitches along the top of the skirt. Gather the skirt and sew it to the bodice.

Add elastic to the wiast to pull in the waist and secure the gathering.

gather skirt and add to bodice

Make some bottoms or buy some to finish the swimming suit.

add swim bottoms to go with


If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

Babydoll Dress Swimsuit Hack

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