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L&P 1010: Army Combat Uniform Sewing Pattern for 18 inch dolls such as American Girl — uniform jacket, cargo pants, t-shirt and helmet cover



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This pattern produces an 18 inch doll-scale replica of the modern Army Combat Uniform (ACU), the official battle uniform of the United States Army since 2004.

To honor the men and women who wear this uniform in real life, we worked to get the details of the doll version exactly right. Just like the real thing, our SHIRT JACKET features a separating zipper and Mandarin collar tab closure, easy-access angled chest and sleeve pockets, a back bellows for mobility, tab closure sleeve cuffs and detachable name/branch/rank and flag patches with recommendations for adding lettering and images to the patches.

The PANTS feature a front fly opening, belt loops, easy-access angled above-knee cargo pockets, ankle cargo pockets and drawstring hems. The SHORT SLEEVE T-SHIRT features a lie-flat collar while the HELMET COVER fits snugly and reversibly on a variety of separately purchased helmets. We have even included directions for modifying the helmet cover pattern for a perfect fit on whatever helmet you already own. (NOTE: the T-shirt in this pattern is the same as the short sleeve, crew neck T-shirt option in Lee & Pearl Pattern 1001: Unisex T-shirts. The pants in this pattern have a drawstring hem and different pockets than the pants in Lee & Pearl Pattern 1004: "Boy Style" Pants and Cargo Shorts, but are otherwise the same.)

The T-shirt and helmet cover are rated EASY while the pants and jacket are rated INTERMEDIATE. As usual, Lee & Pearl™ have made things as easy as possible. Even a careful beginner should be able to follow our photo illustrated, step-by-step instructions while using our computer drafted pattern pieces to complete this pattern. A beginner could also omit the pockets and patches on the jacket and pants for a simplified version of the uniform that still closely resembles the real thing.

Key construction techniques taught in this pattern include: curved seams, sleeve cap ease adjustments, continuous placket insertion, cargo pockets, professional pocket topstitching and separating zipper insertion – plus a nifty technique to press and turn perfect square corners every time!

NOTE: The 1:4 scale replica digital camo shown in our photos can be purchased in the Lee & Pearl shop at Spoonflower: http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/lee&pearl


Like the just-like-the-real-thing hats and caps in our photos? Lee & Pearl has patterns for all those styles!

Find the BALL CAP pattern at https://www.etsy.com/listing/184380608/lp-pattern-1008-classic-ball-cap-and-big
Find the BOONIE HAT pattern at https://www.etsy.com/listing/193278760/lp-pattern-1007-bush-hat-or-boonie-for
Find the PATROL CAP pattern at https://www.etsy.com/listing/162775638/lp-pattern-1006-patrol-cap-for-18-inch



Unlined shirt jacket features a separating front zipper closure, Mandarin collar with hook-and-loop fastener, angled patch pockets on fronts and sleeves, back bellows with top stitching, sleeve cuffs with continuous placket openings and detachable name/branch/rank and flag patches.

1/3 yard light to medium weight woven fabric
6" lightweight separating zipper (zipper tape will be visible in finished
garment; instructions are included for shortening a longer zipper)
Hook-and-loop fastener (such as Velcro™)
Matching thread

Pants feature a front fly closure, hip pockets, upper and lower cargo pockets and ankle drawstrings with grommets.

1/3 yard light to medium weight woven fabric
1 yard narrow cord for drawstrings
4 – 1/8" eyelets or grommets and eyelet/grommet setting tool
One 1/4" button
Hook-and-loop fastener (such as Velcro™)
Matching thread

Unfitted "plain white T" style shirt features lie-flat crew neck collar, close-fitting short sleeves and center back closure.

1/4 yard knit fabric
Hook-and-loop fastener (such as Velcro™)
Matching thread

Fully reversible helmet cover uses bias cut and elastics to fit snugly around a separately purchased helmet.

***Though this pattern has been tested on a variety of available helmets, it was developed to fit exactly over the helmets sold as part of the 18" doll snow board and scooter sets offered on Amazon by Sophia's. Lee & Pearl™ has no affiliation with this manufacturer and cannot specifically endorse this product***

1/4 yard light to medium weight woven fabric
1/3 yard 1/4" elastic
Matching thread


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This pattern will be delivered as an instant download. After purchasing, you will receive a link to a PDF copy of the file. No paper copy will be mailed.

This pattern may be printed solely by the original purchaser. It may not be duplicated, redistributed, posted or resold without prior authorization from Lee & Pearl™. If you use this pattern to make items to sell yourself, we ask that you give Lee & Pearl™ design credit in the description of those items. Thank you!

Lee & Pearl™ is not affiliated with Mattel, American Girl®, the U.S. Army or any other company or organization.

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5 out of 5 stars

I made this for my grandson's doll the first day I got the pattern. Not the clearest instructions but the end result is spectacular!

Dee Hassler Dec 24, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

I have a love/hate relationship with Lee and Pearl patterns. They are so detailed and fastidious about replicating real life clothing that it sometimes gives me fits. This pattern is no exception. But the end result is fantastic. My son chose this pattern over the less expensive, simpler one in another Etsy shop because of the helmet, but I’m sure all the other details won him over, too. The pockets are so tedious to make but look so authentic. Get yourself a good cup of coffee and read through the instructions, then be prepared for a sewing marathon to get this finished. But it’s such a nice little uniform, I guess I can’t really complain! :-)

beautifulhandmade Oct 27, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This is the most authentic & accurate military pattern on the market. I had my husband's ACU's in the sewing room with me to help guide me as well. I'll be writing up my own AAR (After Action Report) on how I can make the next one better. Pay attention to the pocket placement "dots" and also your seam allowances. Mine was too small for a Pleasant Company (AG) doll, but fit the newer AG doll body like a glove. I will be scaling my pattern from the .pdf print out, just a little bit bigger, for that adjustment. The step by step sewing directions are very detailed. This pattern has MANY pieces, it is completely worth the price. Thank you for creating this wonderful pattern!!

Patrice Jun 22, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I bought L&P' s first pattern and been hooked ever since. They do a superb job of designing. You will want them all, if you try these patterns. So well written and illustrated. Easy to follow. A joy to sew up.

Nan Scott Jan 19, 2014

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