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L&P #1073: Prima Ballerina Strapless Bodice and Classical (Pancake) Tutu with Basque and Panty — Dance Performance Pattern for 18 inch Dolls

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Make this just-like-the-real-thing ballet performance ensemble for 18 inch dolls, featuring a seamed, pointed front, STRAPLESS BODICE with a nude-look or contrasting front inset and elastic shoulder straps, and a detachable CLASSICAL TUTU (also known as a "Pancake" Tutu) with attached Panty and Basque.

Our Strapless Bodice with its elegant curved front seams, front inset, faux-plunging neckline, skin-tone or clear elastic straps, low back and waist-enhancing front point perfectly replicates a style popular with real life prima ballerinas.

Unlike the stretchy leotards worn for class and rehearsal, real ballet performance bodices are made of sturdy woven fabrics, patterned for a close fit and built using techniques borrowed from the 18th and 19th century corseted dresses from which they evolved.

We have created this pattern along the same lines and using the same techniques. Our BODICE features a beautifully-seamed snug fit and includes directions for understitching the lining and flatlining delicate fashion fabrics. We have also included directions for adding faux lacing or other theatrical decorative elements to the front inset before completing the bodice.



An essential part of the principal dancer's wardrobe since the late 19th century, the CLASSICAL TUTU was developed to show off the elegant leg extensions and fast footwork made possible by the parallel development of the pointe shoe. The tutu's position on the hips instead of the waist emphasizes a long, sleek body line and allows the dramatic lifts and balances favored by Classical era choreographers for prima ballerinas and their male partners.

Our CLASSICAL TUTU is made exactly like the real thing, with alternating channels of tightly gathered tulle stitched to a perfectly-patterned PANTY in gradated lengths from the wide "pancake" top to the dainty shirred ruffles close to the elastic leg openings. 
A neat, self-piping-edged BASQUE — a wide, fitted band from waistline to hip — fills the space between the tutu and the bodice for a seamless, yet flexible look.

If you have both dolls and dancers in your life, and have dreamed of making a full size CLASSICAL TUTU, this pattern is a great place to start. A professional tutu maker will spend eighty hours or more on such a tutu — a daunting task for anyone to consider. But you can complete our doll-scale tutu in a tiny fraction of that time, while learning the same skills and following the same steps you'll need for the real thing!

As an added bonus, we've included a tutorial for turning knee-high trouser socks into doll-size DANCE TIGHTS, and information on the ballet slippers and leg warmers we show in our pictures throughout the pattern.

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NOTE: this listing is for Pattern 1073: Prima Ballerina ONLY. For the BALLET PERFORMANCE BUNDLE that also includes Pattern 1072: Corps de Ballet — at a significant discount — CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/271748202/ballet-performance-bundle-for-18-dolls

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The STRAPLESS BODICE with FRONT INSET is rated INTERMEDIATE for a few small curved seams, limited hand finishing work, and careful pinning and seaming around the inset piece.

The CLASSICAL TUTU with BASQUE and PANTY is rated INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED.

We hesitated before giving this garment an ADVANCED rating, as none of the individual steps are that hard and we don't want to discourage anyone from trying it. But this tutu does require careful, detailed work. The tulle ruffles are stitched very close together, so you have to be comfortable working on small areas with your sewing machine.

We also strongly recommend the use of a rotary cutter to cut the tulle ruffles, and rotary cutters should only be used by careful sewists, and never by or around children. That said, all of our testers — a group that includes beginner, intermediate and advanced sewists — completed beautiful classical tutus using the pattern directions, without any additional coaching.

As usual, Lee & Pearl's photo-illustrated directions and computer-drafted, guaranteed-to-fit-together pattern pieces make each step as easy as possible.

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MATERIALS — STRAPLESS BODICE with FRONT INSET

6" high x 18" wide piece of woven fabric

6" high x 18" wide OPTIONAL underlining

Scrap flesh tone or contrasting fabric for center front inset

6" high x 18" wide piece of woven fabric for lining

Hook-and-loop fastener (such as Velcro™) at least 1/2" wide

1/3 yard of 3/8" or 1/2" flesh tone ballet elastic or clear elastic — or 2/3 yard 1/8" flesh tone elastic — for shoulder straps

Matching thread

OPTIONAL: 2 large (size 1/0 or 2/0) snaps instead of hook-and-loop fastener


MATERIALS — CLASSICAL TUTU, PANTY and BASQUE

8" high x 16" wide piece of woven fabric, plus extra fabric to make bias piping

8" high x 16" wide OPTIONAL underlining

4" high x 13" wide piece of woven fabric for lining

1 yard of 54" or 72" wide tulle/nylon net

OR 1/2 yard 108" wide tulle/nylon net

OR a single 25 yard roll of 6" tulle

1/2 yard 1/8" cord for piping

1/2 yard 1/4" elastic for leg openings

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

2 small (4/0) snaps

Matching thread

OPTIONAL: 2 large (size 1/0 or 2/0) snaps instead of hook-and-loop fastener


MATERIALS — OPTIONAL DECORATIONS

These are theatrical costumes, so let your inner costume designer run wild with beads, sequins, pearls, crystals, ribbons, laces, bows, feathers, flowers and any other trim you like. Genuine ballet costumes frequently also feature lace appliqués, flatlined decorative or sheer fabrics and alternating or ombré effect tutu layers.

***

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

***

Sign up for our mailing list at www.leeandpearl.com, and you'll receive our newsletter full of free pattern tweaks, tutorials, crafts and printables. PLUS, you'll get the link for our annual members-only FREE PATTERN.

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!

Do not miss out on this pattern — join our mailing list today at www.leeandpearl.com.

Join the Lee & Pearl™ community: like us on Facebook (Lee & Pearl), follow us on Instagram (#leeandpearl), share us on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/leeandpearl) and watch us on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/leeandpearl).

To see our other patterns, visit the PATTERNS section of our Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/leeandpearl?section_id=15862176&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1

To see our selection of Fabric & Trim Kits, visit the FABRIC & TRIM KITS section of our Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/leeandpearl?section_id=15860795&ref=shopsection_leftnav_2

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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.
Make this just-like-the-real-thing ballet performance ensemble for 18 inch dolls, featuring a seamed, pointed front, STRAPLESS BODICE with a nude-look or contrasting front inset and elastic shoulder straps, and a detachable CLASSICAL TUTU (also known as a "Pancake" Tutu) with attached Panty and Basque.

Our Strapless Bodice with its elegant curved front seams, front inset, faux-plunging neckline, skin-tone or clear elastic straps, low back and waist-enhancing front point perfectly replicates a style popular with real life prima ballerinas.

Unlike the stretchy leotards worn for class and rehearsal, real ballet performance bodices are made of sturdy woven fabrics, patterned for a close fit and built using techniques borrowed from the 18th and 19th century corseted dresses from which they evolved.

We have created this pattern along the same lines and using the same techniques. Our BODICE features a beautifully-seamed snug fit and includes directions for understitching the lining and flatlining delicate fashion fabrics. We have also included directions for adding faux lacing or other theatrical decorative elements to the front inset before completing the bodice.



An essential part of the principal dancer's wardrobe since the late 19th century, the CLASSICAL TUTU was developed to show off the elegant leg extensions and fast footwork made possible by the parallel development of the pointe shoe. The tutu's position on the hips instead of the waist emphasizes a long, sleek body line and allows the dramatic lifts and balances favored by Classical era choreographers for prima ballerinas and their male partners.

Our CLASSICAL TUTU is made exactly like the real thing, with alternating channels of tightly gathered tulle stitched to a perfectly-patterned PANTY in gradated lengths from the wide "pancake" top to the dainty shirred ruffles close to the elastic leg openings. 
A neat, self-piping-edged BASQUE — a wide, fitted band from waistline to hip — fills the space between the tutu and the bodice for a seamless, yet flexible look.

If you have both dolls and dancers in your life, and have dreamed of making a full size CLASSICAL TUTU, this pattern is a great place to start. A professional tutu maker will spend eighty hours or more on such a tutu — a daunting task for anyone to consider. But you can complete our doll-scale tutu in a tiny fraction of that time, while learning the same skills and following the same steps you'll need for the real thing!

As an added bonus, we've included a tutorial for turning knee-high trouser socks into doll-size DANCE TIGHTS, and information on the ballet slippers and leg warmers we show in our pictures throughout the pattern.

***

NOTE: this listing is for Pattern 1073: Prima Ballerina ONLY. For the BALLET PERFORMANCE BUNDLE that also includes Pattern 1072: Corps de Ballet — at a significant discount — CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/271748202/ballet-performance-bundle-for-18-dolls

***

The STRAPLESS BODICE with FRONT INSET is rated INTERMEDIATE for a few small curved seams, limited hand finishing work, and careful pinning and seaming around the inset piece.

The CLASSICAL TUTU with BASQUE and PANTY is rated INTERMEDIATE / ADVANCED.

We hesitated before giving this garment an ADVANCED rating, as none of the individual steps are that hard and we don't want to discourage anyone from trying it. But this tutu does require careful, detailed work. The tulle ruffles are stitched very close together, so you have to be comfortable working on small areas with your sewing machine.

We also strongly recommend the use of a rotary cutter to cut the tulle ruffles, and rotary cutters should only be used by careful sewists, and never by or around children. That said, all of our testers — a group that includes beginner, intermediate and advanced sewists — completed beautiful classical tutus using the pattern directions, without any additional coaching.

As usual, Lee & Pearl's photo-illustrated directions and computer-drafted, guaranteed-to-fit-together pattern pieces make each step as easy as possible.

***

MATERIALS — STRAPLESS BODICE with FRONT INSET

6" high x 18" wide piece of woven fabric

6" high x 18" wide OPTIONAL underlining

Scrap flesh tone or contrasting fabric for center front inset

6" high x 18" wide piece of woven fabric for lining

Hook-and-loop fastener (such as Velcro™) at least 1/2" wide

1/3 yard of 3/8" or 1/2" flesh tone ballet elastic or clear elastic — or 2/3 yard 1/8" flesh tone elastic — for shoulder straps

Matching thread

OPTIONAL: 2 large (size 1/0 or 2/0) snaps instead of hook-and-loop fastener


MATERIALS — CLASSICAL TUTU, PANTY and BASQUE

8" high x 16" wide piece of woven fabric, plus extra fabric to make bias piping

8" high x 16" wide OPTIONAL underlining

4" high x 13" wide piece of woven fabric for lining

1 yard of 54" or 72" wide tulle/nylon net

OR 1/2 yard 108" wide tulle/nylon net

OR a single 25 yard roll of 6" tulle

1/2 yard 1/8" cord for piping

1/2 yard 1/4" elastic for leg openings

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

2 small (4/0) snaps

Matching thread

OPTIONAL: 2 large (size 1/0 or 2/0) snaps instead of hook-and-loop fastener


MATERIALS — OPTIONAL DECORATIONS

These are theatrical costumes, so let your inner costume designer run wild with beads, sequins, pearls, crystals, ribbons, laces, bows, feathers, flowers and any other trim you like. Genuine ballet costumes frequently also feature lace appliqués, flatlined decorative or sheer fabrics and alternating or ombré effect tutu layers.

***

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

***

Sign up for our mailing list at www.leeandpearl.com, and you'll receive our newsletter full of free pattern tweaks, tutorials, crafts and printables. PLUS, you'll get the link for our annual members-only FREE PATTERN.

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!

Do not miss out on this pattern — join our mailing list today at www.leeandpearl.com.

Join the Lee & Pearl™ community: like us on Facebook (Lee & Pearl), follow us on Instagram (#leeandpearl), share us on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/leeandpearl) and watch us on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/leeandpearl).

To see our other patterns, visit the PATTERNS section of our Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/leeandpearl?section_id=15862176&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1

To see our selection of Fabric & Trim Kits, visit the FABRIC & TRIM KITS section of our Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/leeandpearl?section_id=15860795&ref=shopsection_leftnav_2

***

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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