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

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

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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.

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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.

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MATERIALS:

LEOTARD & UNITARD

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


ONE PIECE SWIMSUIT

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.

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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.

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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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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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Sherry Feb 17, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

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!

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pambates09 Apr 10, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

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

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Ruth Bryant Aug 1, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

So cute. Even though I did not use my serger, I am very pleased with the unitard pattern. Very quick and great fitting.

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Janice Watkins May 9, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Love this pattern. I haven't tried all the variations yet, but the leotard with a lowered neck line makes a nice and modest one piece bathing suit

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