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L&P Ballet Performance Bundle for 18 Inch Dolls such as American Girl — includes Doll Classical Tutu, Romantic Tutu and Two Bodice Patterns

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Get ultimate mix-and-match flexibility to make just-like-the-real-thing ballet performance ensembles for 18 inch American Girl®-size dolls!

Our BALLET PERFORMANCE BUNDLE includes BOTH Pattern 1072: Corps de Ballet and Pattern 1073: Prima Ballerina for 18 inch dolls.

Dress your principal dancers in our Pattern 1073 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, and our awesomely realistic CLASSICAL TUTU with its alternating channels of tightly gathered tulle in gradated lengths, stitched to a perfectly-patterned PANTY and finished with a neat piped edge to a smoothly-fitted BASQUE.

Outfit your corps de ballet in our Pattern 1072 FITTED BODICE with its wide scoop neck set off with self-piping, low back, and waist-enhancing front point, and our graceful ROMANTIC TUTU made from gradated lengths of tulle, gathered and stitched in rows to a hidden BASQUE that fits smoothly under the bodice and is itself attached to a tailored PANTY with elastic leg openings.

Best of all, with this BALLET PERFORMANCE BUNDLE, you can mix and match all our pieces to create a wide range of looks for just about any repertory, recital, competition — and even theatrical, folklore and fantasy — costume.

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

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All of our tutus and bodices feature authentic construction for amazingly realistic looks.

Our ROMANTIC TUTU displays the perfect bell shape — slender at the waist, then swelling into a full and floaty skirt — in your choice of two traditional lengths.

Our CLASSICAL TUTU is a marvel of construction, almost indistinguishable from the real thing.

If you have both dolls and dancers in your life, and have dreamed of making a full size CLASSICAL or ROMANTIC TUTU of your own, this pattern is a great place to start.

A professional tutu maker can spend weeks making such a tutu — a daunting task for anyone to consider. But you can complete our doll-scale tutus in a tiny fraction of that time, while learning the same skills and following the same steps you'll need for the real thing

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The FITTED BODICE WITH PIPED NECKLINE is rated INTERMEDIATE for the self-piping construction and insertion, a few small curved seams and limited hand finishing.

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 ROMANTIC TUTU with BASQUE and PANTY is rated INTERMEDIATE for limited hand finishing work, elastic insertion on the panty leg openings, and working with tulle.

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 cutting the tulle with a rotary cutter, which should never be used 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 — FITTED BODICE WITH PIPED NECKLINE

6" high x 18" wide piece of woven fabric, plus extra fabric to make bias piping

6" high x 18" wide OPTIONAL interlining fabric

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

1/2 yard 1/8" cord for piping

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

Matching thread

OPTIONAL: 2 medium or large snaps instead of hook-and-loop fastener


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 medium or large snaps instead of hook-and-loop fastener


MATERIALS — ROMANTIC TUTU, PANTY and BASQUE

9" high x 15" wide piece of woven fabric, plus extra fabric for waist facing bias strip

9" high x 15" wide OPTIONAL interlining fabric

1 1/4 yards to 1 1/2 yards of 54" wide tulle or nylon net

1/2 yard 1/4" elastic

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

Matching thread

2 small (4/0) snaps

OPTIONAL 1/2 yard of 1 1/2" wide elastic to shape and safely store the skirt

OPTIONAL: 2 medium or large 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" 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 medium or large 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.

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Complete your little dancer's wardrobe with our ultra-realistic (and easy to sew) Pattern 1075: Ballet Slippers for 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 TWO instant downloads. After purchasing, you will receive a link to the PDF pattern files. No paper copy will be mailed.

These patterns may be printed solely by the original purchaser. They may not be duplicated, redistributed, posted or resold without prior authorization from Lee & Pearl™. If you use these patterns 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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Malise O'Banion Jun 18, 2020

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This pattern turned out beautifully! My 10 yr old granddaughter and I made it together and it was quite the challenge, but worth the trouble. Pattern is excellent.

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AMAZING! I was able to make a doll sized version of my daughter's ballet costume. Everyone loved it! Thanks!

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I've had my eye on this pattern for a while, thinking it was beyond my abilities. So glad I finally took the plunge and purchased it. The directions are clear and easy to follow, just take your time and it will turn out beautifully!

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Love these patterns. Thought it would be hard to make but it was easy to follow. I love them and received lots of compliments.

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