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L&P 1051: Ballet Basics Pattern for 18 inch dolls such as American Girl — Dance or Gymnastics Leotard, Unitard and One Piece Swimsuit



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NOTE: This listing is for the 18 inch doll version of this pattern ONLY.

For the multi-size version, which includes 18 inch, 16 inch and 14 1/2 inch doll sizes, CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/586803774/lp-1051-ballet-basics-leotard-unitard


In celebration of all those wonderful dancing, tumbling, stretching, swimming, sunning and performing dolls, Lee & Pearl™ are thrilled to present Pattern #1051: Ballet Basics Leotard, Unitard and One Piece Swimsuit for 18 Inch dolls.

Our sleeveless LEOTARD and capri-length UNITARD feature a wide scoop neck front and flattering low back with
a hook-and-loop (Velcro™) closure. The LEOTARD also features snug-fitting, elasticized ballet-cut leg openings so your girls can move as much as their joints allow without fear of slipping, gapping or wrinkling.

The one-piece SWIMSUIT features the same snug fit as the leotard and unitard — but with pretty, sturdy fold over elastic edges and a deeply scooped low-back curve that allows the swimsuit to be slipped on and off without a center back seam or Velcro™ opening.


The UNITARD is rated EASY, while the LEOTARD and SWIMSUIT are rated EASY/INTERMEDIATE for the elastic application. As always, our photo illustrated directions and computer drafted, guaranteed-to-fit-together pattern pieces make every step as easy as possible.




1/4 yard (for the LEOTARD) or 1/3 yard (for the UNITARD) light to medium weight 4-way stretch knit fabric

Hook-and-loop fastener (such as Velcro™)

1/2 yard 1/4" elastic (for the LEOTARD)

Matching thread


1/4 yard 4-way stretch fabric or performance / swimsuit fabric

1 yard fold over elastic (either 5/8" or 3/4" for doll-scale edges)

Matching thread

NOTE: 4-way stretch fabrics, which typically include lycra or spandex 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.


New to sewing with stretch fabrics?

Download our FREE Sew Easy with Spandex eBook from the Lee & Pearl website at http://www.leeandpearl.com/2015_05_newsletter.html#seweasy for lots of tips and tricks, including our NO SERGER? NO PROBLEM! directions for sewing performance fabrics with a standard sewing machine.


Complete your little dancer's wardrobe with our ultra-realistic (and easy to sew) Pattern 1075: Ballet Slippers for 18 Inch Dolls, available HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/600591709/lp-1075-ballet-slippers-pattern-for-18


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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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I REALLY like this pattern! I have already made 2 of the bodysuits and 1 leotard. They have worked up nicely and fit very well. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. I was able to change the armhole opening to match the figure skating pattern and added its long sleeves to one of the bodysuits. It worked out nicely, too. I really like the cut of the neckline-the back had a gorgeous line. THANK YOU!

Sherry Feb 17, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Made it into a ballerina ragdoll leotard. Good pattern. Easy to sew. Would recommend.

Pam Bates Apr 10, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for this wonderful pattern. It took me back to Mrs. Betty Lute’s tailoring class in high school. Every detail clearly illustrated and described. Mrs. Lute gave me a lifetime of sewing enjoyment and I am honored to remember her. This pattern was well thought out, planned and easy to follow. Thank you again for the time and energy that these patterns take to produce. I can’t wait to make the ballerina doll outfit and slippers.

lastuebner Sep 10, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Loved the ballet pattern from this store. This is for the basic leotard and it's very easy to use and understand. I have made one of these and it's part of my purple ballet costume on my etsy shop.

Susan Woodman Nov 2, 2022

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