Lillian's cossie is a classic vintage style with a 'modesty skirt' - the colours and stripes make it a little bit nautical.
And yes, she nearly did get her feet nibbled by the gold-fish!
Audrey got a boy-leg suit in candy stripes - it has a low back.
Violetta's is purple (but of course) with a frilly bottom edged in white just so you notice it!
Violetta's beach towel is a face-cloth (or flannel) cut in half and hemmed on that edge - the beach ball is a ping pong ball with texta colours.
Now - all these swim-suits are my own knitting pattern/s. They all have the same halter neck top and, except for Audrey's boy-leg suit, they are basically the same shape in the body & bottom. They can be worn over the doll's underpants - taking those on & off is an ordeal I was keen to avoid!
Lillian's old ADG body (see this post all about Lillian's body transplant) makes a wonderful dressmakers' dummy - I'm calling it Elle (after a certain supermodel who was known as The Body). The dolls are really relieved that they no longer have to try on half-made garments with knitting needles and sewing pins that scratch and get all tangled up in their hair ... and I guess this photo should come with a "Partial Doll Nudity" warning!
Pattern-making in progress ...
But wait - there's more ... I've made some swimsuits as swaps & things too. So more Bathing Belle photos ...
This suit & bag was part of my Secret Santa pressie at the WPWD's meet last weekend. Mandy got my parcel - hope her dolls like it.
In soft aqua, a very girlie version with a frill skirt all round - this time edged with pearlised embroidery thread. The beach bag is crochet.
And this was for a swap done through WPWDs. I couldn't post about this until my swap partner got her parcel ... she lives on a Pacific Island which (predictably) made me think of resorts and lazing about a pool ...
Doesn't Audrey make a wonderful swim-suit model? The suit is a plain maillot but in a variegated sock yarn - there are some glass beads at the decolletage. Another ping-pong / beach ball but this beach towel is knitted - stripes of left-over sock yarns in moss stitch (aka seed stitch) for a rather vintage look. A knitted beach bag with crochet trim.
And to complete the swap parcel - a maxi-dress. This is from the halter-neck dress pattern I have for free (at the top of the page). I used a self-striping sock yarn that I bought in Versailles :-) it is "Opal Planète" for Bergère de France, the "Rosa" colourway.
Lillian & Audrey's are knitted in bamboo yarn - with trim to match their suits. I used the "Turkish Cast-On" to make these ...
Audrey & Violetta both have really alabaster complexions - so sun-hats are a necessity. Audrey's is crochet from the same bamboo yarn I used for most of the beach bags - the frill makes it rather like a May Gibbs gum-blossom baby's hat.
Well, after all that modelling of swim-suits the girls decided to have a picnic and they tested the carrying capacity of their new beach bags.