Simple Life Pattern Company | Adding a Skirt to the Elise One Piece Elise's One Shoulder Swimsuit & Tankini. Downloadable PDF Sewing Patterns for Toddler and Girl Sizes 2T-12. Elise's One Shoulder swimsuit can be sewn as a one piece or a tankini.  Both versions can feature the optional flounce and skinny strap or be left as a simple single shoulder suit.  The tankini also has an optional circle skirt for the ultimate girly swimsuit.  Fully lined or partial lining.  A shorten/lengthen line is included for the perfect fit and coverage you may want.

{Tutorial} Adding a skirt to the One Piece Elise Swimsuit

Hi!  I’m Shelley, a mom of 3 littles, and I sew for my sanity during naps! One of my favorite things about sewing for my littles is creating one of a kind pieces that no one else has for them to enjoy!

The moment I saw Elise I knew I needed to make a one piece with a skirt!  But how? you ask… so simple!!!  I will show you! 

First – you will take your front and back pieces and cut them at the “tankini” line.

Next – we need to add a 3/8” seam allowance, since that’s what SLPCo patterns call for (otherwise we will end up losing some length in our suit!)  To do this, I like to take some plain paper and tape my pattern piece to it where I’m adding length.  I then Measure out the correct length and draw a line with a ruler.  Then cut!  You will need to do this with all 4 cut sides like shown.

 Using the new pattern pieces you just created, cut out your fabric.

Sew the side seams of the top pieces and bottom pieces together, right sides together, per the pattern instructions.

Next – we will baste the skirt piece to our bottoms, wrong side of skirt to right side of bottoms:

Then we will turn our top piece inside out and place our bottoms with the skirt attached inside of the top, right side of skirt to right side of top (make absolutely sure that the front of your top and front of your bottoms are matching!)  Serge or sew with a stretch stitch. 

 THAT’S IT!  Now, finish sewing per the pattern tutorial!

Happy Sewing!


We hope you’ve enjoyed this fun hack from Shelley and we’d love to see yours.  Be sure to use hashtags #slpco #slpcoelise and #simplelifepatterns for we can easily find your creations on social media.


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