L&P #1075: Ballet Slippers Pattern for 18 Inch, 16 Inch and 14 1/2 Inch Dolls — ultra-realistic dance shoes that are easy to make too!

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L&P #1075: Ballet Slippers Pattern for 18 Inch, 16 Inch and 14 1/2 Inch Dolls — ultra-realistic dance shoes that are easy to make too!

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Craft type: Doll making, Sewing

Description

Just like the real thing — and so easy to make, you won't believe it!

Soft leather, canvas or interfaced satin BALLET SLIPPERS have been an iconic part of the art form since the early 19th century.

It's still a rite of passage for new young dancers — sliding that first pair out of their wrappings, sewing on the dance elastics, and molding the slender, identical shoes to your very own left and right feet. Now all your little doll lovers — and their dolls — can enjoy that same thrill with our doll-scale replica BALLET SLIPPERS.

Just like real ballet shoes, our slippers feature cartridge-pleated construction that molds softly around the toes, a curved center back seam that hugs the heel, a bias-bound edge with an encased elastic cord that can be pulled up for a snug fit, and a slender natural suede sole.

All you need is a tiny rosin box, and your dolls will be ready to cross the floor in style.

***

NOTE: This listing includes ALL THREE DOLL SIZES. Pattern 1075 is also available as separate, single-sized patterns.

For the 18 INCH doll version only, CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/600591709/lp-1075-ballet-slippers-pattern-for-18
For the 16 INCH doll version only, CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/586800022/lp-1075-ballet-slippers-pattern-for-16
For the 14 1/2 INCH doll version only, CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/600593545/lp-1075-ballet-slippers-pattern-for-14

***

Our BALLET SLIPPERS are rated EASY / INTERMEDIATE for preparatory hand stitching and the use of recommended tools and adhesives.

But don't let the word "intermediate" chase you away — anyone can make these shoes! Our pattern maker came up with a series of easy-to-sew preparatory steps that take the free-handing anguish out of that final moment when the glue comes out and the flat pieces turn into a shoe.

Here's what our pattern testers had to say about this pattern and our unique process:

"I made ballet slippers!!!! I honestly am so proud of myself and amazed at how well they turned out."
— Rhonda A.

"These are the easiest ballet slippers I have ever made."
— Jozel W.

"I really am pleased with how my shoes turned out. I have made shoes before, and these were really fun and easy to make!!"
— Lesley T.

"They were so much easier than they look."
— Amy S.

"The slippers were actually easy to construct."
— Melangell

"I love this pattern!"
— Beate R.

We hope that you will love this pattern as well.

***

MATERIALS

Scraps of medium weight woven fabric, interfaced lightweight fabric or stable knit fabric for the UPPER.

Scraps of sturdy cardstock or lightweight cardboard for the INSOLE.

Scraps of lightweight leather with a sueded, natural (undyed) side for the OUTSOLE. Alternatively, you can use vinyl or sturdy non-raveling fabric.

Scraps of ordinary craft felt — or any non-raveling fabric for the LINING.

Matching thread

1/2 yard single-fold bias binding

2/3 yard narrow elastic cord (1–1.5mm diameter)

Matching thread

OPTIONAL 1/8" ribbon for ribbon ties or 1/8" skinny elastic for dancers' elastics

***

RECOMMENDED TOOLS AND SUPPLIES

RIGHT and LEFT SHOE LASTS, THIRD HAND FORMS or your DOLL'S FEET and PLASTIC WRAP

These are soft shoes that have to be formed around a shape. You will need to make them on a doll-size shoe last or "third hand" — or on your doll's feet, wrapped in plastic to protect them from glue residue.

Repositionable TACKY SPRAY ADHESIVE or non-permanent DOUBLE SIDED TAPE, or other non-permanent adhesive

Fast Grab TACKY GLUE

Toothpicks for glue application

Chalk pencil or other erasable, fine-tip marker

CORDING, PIPING, BEADING, ZIPPER or EDGESTITCH presser foot

When stitching the elastic cord into the bias binding at the top of the slipper, you will need a sewing machine presser foot that keeps the elastic in a channel or along the edge of the foot, and out of the way of your stitches.

***

Complete your little dancer's class wardrobe with our Pattern 1051: Ballet Basics Leotard, Unitard and One Piece Swimsuit for 18 Inch, 16 Inch and 14 1/2 Inch Dolls, available HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/586803774/lp-1051-ballet-basics-leotard-unitard

Then create stunning dance performance costumes with our Ballet Performance patterns — Pattern 1072: Corps de Ballet Romantic Tutu and Bodice for 18" Dolls and Pattern 1073: Prima Ballerina Classical Tutu and Strapless Bodice for 18" Dolls, available HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/271748202/ballet-performance-bundle-for-18-dolls

Though the Ballet Performance patterns are currently only available for 18 inch dolls, we are working on redesigning them for 16 inch and 14 1/2 inch dolls as well. Join the Lee & Pearl mailing list at www.leeandpearl.com and we'll let you know as soon as new sizes are available!

***

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.
Just like the real thing — and so easy to make, you won't believe it!

Soft leather, canvas or interfaced satin BALLET SLIPPERS have been an iconic part of the art form since the early 19th century.

It's still a rite of passage for new young dancers — sliding that first pair out of their wrappings, sewing on the dance elastics, and molding the slender, identical shoes to your very own left and right feet. Now all your little doll lovers — and their dolls — can enjoy that same thrill with our doll-scale replica BALLET SLIPPERS.

Just like real ballet shoes, our slippers feature cartridge-pleated construction that molds softly around the toes, a curved center back seam that hugs the heel, a bias-bound edge with an encased elastic cord that can be pulled up for a snug fit, and a slender natural suede sole.

All you need is a tiny rosin box, and your dolls will be ready to cross the floor in style.

***

NOTE: This listing includes ALL THREE DOLL SIZES. Pattern 1075 is also available as separate, single-sized patterns.

For the 18 INCH doll version only, CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/600591709/lp-1075-ballet-slippers-pattern-for-18
For the 16 INCH doll version only, CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/586800022/lp-1075-ballet-slippers-pattern-for-16
For the 14 1/2 INCH doll version only, CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/600593545/lp-1075-ballet-slippers-pattern-for-14

***

Our BALLET SLIPPERS are rated EASY / INTERMEDIATE for preparatory hand stitching and the use of recommended tools and adhesives.

But don't let the word "intermediate" chase you away — anyone can make these shoes! Our pattern maker came up with a series of easy-to-sew preparatory steps that take the free-handing anguish out of that final moment when the glue comes out and the flat pieces turn into a shoe.

Here's what our pattern testers had to say about this pattern and our unique process:

"I made ballet slippers!!!! I honestly am so proud of myself and amazed at how well they turned out."
— Rhonda A.

"These are the easiest ballet slippers I have ever made."
— Jozel W.

"I really am pleased with how my shoes turned out. I have made shoes before, and these were really fun and easy to make!!"
— Lesley T.

"They were so much easier than they look."
— Amy S.

"The slippers were actually easy to construct."
— Melangell

"I love this pattern!"
— Beate R.

We hope that you will love this pattern as well.

***

MATERIALS

Scraps of medium weight woven fabric, interfaced lightweight fabric or stable knit fabric for the UPPER.

Scraps of sturdy cardstock or lightweight cardboard for the INSOLE.

Scraps of lightweight leather with a sueded, natural (undyed) side for the OUTSOLE. Alternatively, you can use vinyl or sturdy non-raveling fabric.

Scraps of ordinary craft felt — or any non-raveling fabric for the LINING.

Matching thread

1/2 yard single-fold bias binding

2/3 yard narrow elastic cord (1–1.5mm diameter)

Matching thread

OPTIONAL 1/8" ribbon for ribbon ties or 1/8" skinny elastic for dancers' elastics

***

RECOMMENDED TOOLS AND SUPPLIES

RIGHT and LEFT SHOE LASTS, THIRD HAND FORMS or your DOLL'S FEET and PLASTIC WRAP

These are soft shoes that have to be formed around a shape. You will need to make them on a doll-size shoe last or "third hand" — or on your doll's feet, wrapped in plastic to protect them from glue residue.

Repositionable TACKY SPRAY ADHESIVE or non-permanent DOUBLE SIDED TAPE, or other non-permanent adhesive

Fast Grab TACKY GLUE

Toothpicks for glue application

Chalk pencil or other erasable, fine-tip marker

CORDING, PIPING, BEADING, ZIPPER or EDGESTITCH presser foot

When stitching the elastic cord into the bias binding at the top of the slipper, you will need a sewing machine presser foot that keeps the elastic in a channel or along the edge of the foot, and out of the way of your stitches.

***

Complete your little dancer's class wardrobe with our Pattern 1051: Ballet Basics Leotard, Unitard and One Piece Swimsuit for 18 Inch, 16 Inch and 14 1/2 Inch Dolls, available HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/586803774/lp-1051-ballet-basics-leotard-unitard

Then create stunning dance performance costumes with our Ballet Performance patterns — Pattern 1072: Corps de Ballet Romantic Tutu and Bodice for 18" Dolls and Pattern 1073: Prima Ballerina Classical Tutu and Strapless Bodice for 18" Dolls, available HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/271748202/ballet-performance-bundle-for-18-dolls

Though the Ballet Performance patterns are currently only available for 18 inch dolls, we are working on redesigning them for 16 inch and 14 1/2 inch dolls as well. Join the Lee & Pearl mailing list at www.leeandpearl.com and we'll let you know as soon as new sizes are available!

***

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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