Recently I showed you where I picked up two hand towels to use as beach towels for my dolls. I plan on making tote bags and flip flops, but I only had one bathing suit. It’s no fun to go swimming by yourself, I wanted at least a second suit so that two girls could go together. Sure, I have the freebie swimsuit pattern from PixieFaire, but I’m going to make a confession here: I HATE sewing spandex knit material. I’m not a fan of sewing knits to begin with, I’ll do it, but I won’t be happy about it, especially with doll clothes and tiny seams. Hmmm…
I didn’t like the new store exclusive swimsuit that AG came out with this year, not nearly as cute as the last one. I did like the one they just came out with in the spring collection, but the price is just too much for all the more material that is involved. I looked on Etsy, saw some cute stuff, but still wasn’t sold. For some reason I was poking around the Springfield Collection website and came across the one they had–that’s it!!! I thought it was cute, their stuff is usually nicely made, and very reasonably priced. Fingers crossed I would run across one somewhere.
I needed some craft supplies, and while I was at my local store, I decided to check, they carry some Springfield stuff, but not everything. They had it!!! And it was only $7.99, I thought that was more than reasonable since it wasn’t just the suit, but the sarong that goes with it.
I think the fit is really nice on this, whoever designed it did a very good job. It was super easy to get on the doll too, no struggling or anything. I think the sarong is a nice addition too.
Fit around the legs is good too, no struggles. Best part is I have a small piece of pink gingham fabric that will be perfect to make a matching tote for it!
Here’s a view from the back, very simple, just ties around the neck like a real swimsuit would. Plenty of material to tie too, not skimpy at all.
I give this set an A++–made well, fits well, priced at a reasonable price. I like it so much that I hope Springfield comes out with it in a couple of different colors, I’d buy them all!
Springfield also makes another swimsuit called the Navy Polka Dot Swimsuit. I managed to find it at a Joann’s store in another town, our store is too small and they don’t carry any Springfield Collection items. 😦 Luckily I had a coupon, so instead of paying $9.99, it only cost me $6.99-yay!
To say this suit was disappointing is putting it mildly. First off, it was extremely difficult to get on the doll. I actually was concerned that it was going to rip at one point, it was just strangely made. The fit was very poor too, that surprised me a lot because my other experiences with Springfield Collection clothing on AG dolls has been very, very good. 😦
Here is the back, it closes around the neck with Velcro. Unfortunately, because of the way it is cut, it doesn’t lay nicely most of the time. It tends to roll too.
Under the front of the skirt fits fairly well, slightly skimpy, but not horrid.
The back however was another story–YIKES!
You can see from the other photos that the suit is on correctly, so this is just a failure in the cut. Thank heavens for the skirt or Cassandra would be exposing her butt cheeks to the whole world.
It came with a towel as well:
The towel was barely hand towel sized. Cassandra was less than impressed with this outfit, and so was I. The only plus was that I had a coupon. I give this swimsuit a D. Back to the drawing board guys!
When Target was running the 30% off sale on their Our Generation items, I happened to have a trip to an area where there was a Target store. I really didn’t expect to find much and truthfully, it was already pretty picked over. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find yet another swimsuit that came with some adorable accessories as well. It is part of their $12.99 collection and with the sale, I got it for $9.09. I can handle that! The set is called “Having a Ball” and includes the swimsuit, sandals, sunglasses, a towel and an inflatable beach ball. Too cute! I had been thinking that a beach ball was going to be an essential item in my beach collection, now I don’t have to go looking for it.
Abby looks so cute, don’t you think?
It was a little difficult to get on. The problem is because it’s made of two different fabrics and when they sewed them together, they didn’t use elastic thread and/or a stitch that works well for knit fabrics. ARGH! I hope it holds up, I don’t know how it will do if it is taken off, put on, taken off, put on. It might not be as big of a problem on an OG doll since they are slimmer. At least I know how to sew if it does come apart, as long as it doesn’t rip too badly.
The view from the back:
Overall it fits nicely, good coverage. Anyone have any good ideas on how to disguise doll strings??
Aren’t these sandals the cutest?
Only one problem-the way they are designed and because it’s an OG outfit and OG dolls have smaller feet, I couldn’t get them on her without a “minor” alteration:
Yeah, I had to cut through the red band. Otherwise, they fit great. I’m debating on removing that band completely and either leave it off, or replace it with a red ribbon, I could either tie it or put a bit of Velcro on it. I haven’t decided just yet, I have a little bit of time before beach season arrives. I still think they are the cutest sandals I’ve seen in ages. I have noticed in recent outfits that OG has really upped the cuteness factor in their shoes.
Abby is all ready to go to the beach now. She’s such a ham!
“Now THIS is a towel!”
I give this swimsuit a B+. The only reason I can’t give it an A is the way the two pieces are sewn together, that to me is a major fail. Otherwise, it is cute as heck and I definitely think even at the $12.99 price point, well worth the price, especially with the accessories it comes with.
I also broke down and bought a shirt to cut up that I think will make a cute swimsuit, a project for later. In addition, I found an infant’s swimsuit at Dollar Tree of all places in a pattern that I love, so that will also be made in to another suit. I have several ideas, I guess I need to get busy. I’ve also discovered some cute suits from one of my favorite Etsy sellers so if my attempt at making them turns in to a disaster, I know where to go. Summer’s going to be here soon!