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L&P 1051: Ballet Basics Leotard, Unitard and One Piece Swimsuit Pattern for 18 Inch American Girl, 16 Inch AGFAT and 14 1/2 Inch WW Dolls



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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, 16 Inch A Girl for All Time® play dolls, and 14 1/2 Inch dolls like American Girl® Wellie Wishers™, Battat Glitter Girls™ and Play Zone Style Girls™.

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.


NOTE: This listing includes ALL THREE DOLL SIZES. Pattern 1051 is also available as separate, single-sized patterns.

For the 18 INCH doll version only, CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/221288152/lp-1051-ballet-basics-leotard-unitard
For the 16 INCH doll version only, CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/604673399/lp-1051-ballet-basics-leotard-unitard
For the 14 1/2 INCH doll version only, CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/590887662/lp-1051-ballet-basics-leotard-unitard


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, 16 Inch and 14 1/2 Inch Dolls, available HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/600056805/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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Pattern sews up beautifully! Great instructions.

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Perfect! Very pleased With the pattern

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Nice versatile pattern - especially with 3 sizes included!!

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Super cuts. Understandably described with great pictures

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