L&P 1055: Skating Dresses Pattern for 18 inch dolls such as American Girl — two stunning doll costumes with neckline and sleeve variations

L&P 1055: Skating Dresses Pattern for 18 inch dolls such as American Girl — two stunning doll costumes with neckline and sleeve variations



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NOTE: this listing is for Pattern 1055: Skating Dresses for 18 Inch Dolls ONLY.

For the Dance and Sports Performance Pattern BUNDLE for 18 Inch Dolls, that also includes Pattern 1051: Ballet Basics and Pattern 1054: Superheroes! Cosplay Costumes and Accessories at a significant discount, CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/593015473/dance-and-sports-performance-pattern


Lee & Pearl™ are thrilled to present the perfect pair of 18 inch doll skating dresses:

This sleek dress features a jewel neckline with a collar, and a deep keyhole opening in back. The dress can be made with or without long sleeves.

This graceful dress features a lined sweetheart bodice attached to a power net (stretch mesh) or contrast fabric shoulder piece, cut-in-one with sleeves.

Both looks feature a modern-style skirt that hangs smoothly in front and back, with just enough fullness around the hips to create the flattering illusion of a waist on our 18 inch friends. The skirt, which can be cut in either of two lengths, hangs slightly lower in back than in front, concealing an attached snug-fitting panty with elasticized leg openings.

You'll love these looks and you'll also love the ability to design your own gold medal outfits by mixing and matching our pattern pieces — we've included bonus pieces that allow you to use the Short Program collar with the Long Program yoke – while exploring a wide range of stretch fabric and embellishment choices.


Pattern #1055 isn't just for skaters anymore! Visit the Lee & Pearl Newsletter Archive at http://leeandpearl.com/2014_04_newsletter.html#iceprincess to download a set of FREE full-length gown skirt pattern pieces that can be used with the skating dress bodice pieces in this pattern to create a range of gorgeous, formal gowns — as shown in our photos.


These skate dresses are rated for INTERMEDIATE sewers, as the directions include limited hand basting, elastic insertion and curved seams on slippery fabrics. As usual though, Lee & Pearl™ have made things as easy as possible with photo illustrated, step-by-step instructions and computer drafted pattern pieces guaranteed to fit together.

For additional help with performance stretch fabrics — including tips on sewing spandex WITHOUT a serger — download the free Lee & Pearl SEW EASY WITH SPANDEX ebook from our website at http://www.leeandpearl.com/2015_05_newsletter.html#seweasy




1/4 yard light to medium weight 4-way stretch knit fabric

NOTE: 4-way stretch fabrics, which typically include Lycra, spandex or elastane in the fiber content list, stretch not only from side to side, but also lengthwise. Test any fabric before you buy it by stretching one corner: to be a 4-way stretch, the fabric must stretch both vertically and horizontally.

1/2 yard 1/4" elastic

Matching thread

In addition to regular thread, we strongly recommend a cone of "woolly nylon" thread, in either a matching or contrasting color, to use in your serger as the upper looper thread for the rolled hem on the skirt.


2 snap fasteners


1/3 yard power net (4-way stretch mesh) or nude/contrasting 4-way stretch fabric

1 snap fastener, or more as desired

2/3 yard 1/8" elastic in a color that coordinates with your power net
(there are several sellers on Etsy who offer inexpensive 1/8" elastics in a wide variety of colors)


Though these dresses look sleek and polished with the same fabric used for bodice, skirt and panty, feel free to mix and match colors and fabrics. Remember though, that EVERY fabric you use must have 4-way stretch – even the skirt fabric.

These dresses can be finished with a wide range of embellishments: flat-back and hot-fix crystals and pearls, beads, sequins, fabric paint and fabric glitter, 4-way stretch lace overlays, feathers, ribbon flowers and pretty much anything else that might be used on a full-size skating dress.


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Starting in December 2018, that's Lee & Pearl Pattern 1038: The Gift Bow Front Dress for 18 Inch, 16 Inch and 14 1/2 Inch Dolls.

While scouting the fashion pages and runway reports for inspiration, our pattern designer was struck by one of the prettiest trends we’ve seen in a long time. You’ve probably noticed it too — all those soft ruffles and gathers, interesting pleats and seams, bows and motifs formed out of the fabric of the dress itself. It’s an organic kind of ornamentation, that allows over-the-top frills while still retaining the elegant restraint of a vintage couture gown.

Our Bow Front Dress explores this lovely trend with pleated raglan sleeves, a draped front panel and inverted center front pleats that mimic the look of a tied ribbon bow. Best of all, we designed this dress to be made from a single quarter yard or fat quarter of ordinary woven fabric — a dress designed around the use of pretty fabrics should allow you to use a wide variety of pretty fabrics!

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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® or any other company or organization.


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Nina Veale Oct 4, 2018

5 out of 5 stars
No problem placing the order and getting the download. Can't wait to make some skating outfits. Very nice.

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Melani Jan 26, 2019

Becky Chism Jul 3, 2020

J P Jun 5, 2020

5 out of 5 stars
This was such a fun and easy pattern to make, easily change the style by extending the ties and wrapping around the body. After making several I actually turned the dress around, put over a gathered blouse, used more like an apron/over skirt with faux leather as the bias tape for the neck/ties and did the wrap around style it had kind of a fantasy/medieval/pirate feel. worked well to slide the saber into.

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