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L&P 101: Gym Shorts Pattern for 16 Inch A Girl for All Time Dolls — make running, dance or pajama bottom shorts for boy and girl dolls!



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NOTE: This listing is for the 16 INCH (A Girl for All Time®) DOLL SIZE ONLY.

This pattern is also available as a 3-for-the-price-of-2 BUNDLE, which includes 18 inch, 16 inch and 14 1/2 inch doll sizes, at: https://www.etsy.com/listing/641891043/101-multi-size-gym-shorts-for-18-inch-16


Introducing PATTERN 101: GYM SHORTS FOR 16 INCH DOLLS, the FIRST pattern in our new "Pearls" by Lee & Pearl™ line.

Pearls are patterns for people who want to learn new sewing skills — just one at a time, on a limited project, and with a well-designed reward after each lesson.

Each Pearl will feature ONE item, with a limited number of steps, detailed material and tool descriptions, and only one or two techniques that might be unfamiliar to beginner sewers. Here's where you'll learn those new techniques — because you are ready to take your skills to the next level. You just don't want to do it all at once.

Of course, you don't have to be a beginner or sewing student to enjoy our Pearls. As time- and budget-friendly patterns for doll wardrobe basics, we know that they will be especially welcome for busy parents and craft fair sellers.

Got an hour to spare? Make yourself a perfect Pearl!



These relaxed fit, unisex gym shorts are easy-to-make and easy-to-wear. They'll slip right on your doll — thanks to the elastic waist — and stay in place through all kinds of active play. Try them as casual summer shorts, workout or dance practice shorts, running shorts, or even pajama bottom shorts!

In this pattern, you will learn how to sew comfortably on mildly stretchy cotton jersey material — and you'll learn the same elastic waistband insertion technique that the sportswear and activewear pros use.

We'll walk you through every step, help you with material selection, introduce you to necessary tools, and even suggest a few optional items that can make your sewing experience easier — and your results more professional.

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

You do not need a serger to complete this pattern. Directions are included for standard home sewing machines with straight stitch and zig zag stitch capability.

These patterns were developed to fit the A Girl for All Time® line of historical and modern play dolls. They will fit differently on different dolls.



1/6 yard soft knit fabric (5 1/2" high x 18" long piece)

1/4 yard 1/4" knit elastic (do not use braided elastic)

Matching thread

NOTE: This garment is easiest to make using a fairly stable, NON SPANDEX knit, such as cotton or cotton/poly jersey or brushed jersey.

You can also cut the pieces from a store-bought or repurposed human-size T-shirt, and we've included optional directions for using existing T-shirt hems.


Along with their GYM SHORTS, the dolls in our photos are wearing outfits that include items from L&P Pattern 1001: UNISEX T-SHIRTS (https://www.etsy.com/listing/624784302/lp-1001-unisex-t-shirts-pattern-for-16), L&P Pattern 1051: Ballet Basics LEOTARD, Unitard and One-Piece Swimsuit (https://www.etsy.com/listing/604673399/lp-1051-ballet-basics-leotard-unitard) and L&P Pattern 1075: BALLET SLIPPERS (https://www.etsy.com/listing/586800022/lp-1075-ballet-slippers-pattern-for-16).


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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.

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Stacey Graves Oct 22, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Reliably excellent patterns. Always happy for a new item from Lee and Pearl :-)

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Judy Noonon Dec 17, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

I have this pattern in the 18” doll size. I was thrilled to find it now comes in a 16” doll size for AGAT and Sasha.

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Lisa Abney Dec 27, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

I’ve bought and tried many t-shirt patterns, and this one is one of my favorites! Pattern is sized very well, with a slim fit that makes it work very well for layering under jackets, even the long sleeved one I made. The neck binding is perfect … just the right width and an application method that looks great. While I made this for my boy doll, who has a chunkier body, it fits my girl doll just as well - not quite as slim, but still an excellent fit through the arms. I’m excited to try some of the other variations of this shirt.

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Lisa Abney Dec 27, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Cute shorts! I love the details of the cargo style … instructions are clear and well written, although definitely more of an intermediate level pattern. The pants sit a little lower than most, and I did feel better making a belt to go with them. While I made these for my boy doll, who is a little chunkier than my girl dolls, they did fit my girl doll about the same. I’ll be trying these again in the long pants version, with some heavier fabric.

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