L&P 1073: Prima Ballerina Pattern for 18 Inch American Girl, 16 Inch AGFAT and 14 1/2 Inch WW Dolls — Classical Tutu, Dance Bodice, Basque

L&P 1073: Prima Ballerina Pattern for 18 Inch American Girl, 16 Inch AGFAT and 14 1/2 Inch WW Dolls — Classical Tutu, Dance Bodice, Basque



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This pattern is also available as separate listings for the 18 inch doll size, and the 16 inch and 14 1/2 inch doll size:

For the 18 INCH ONLY, CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/271744290/lp-1073-prima-ballerina-strapless-bodice

For the 16 INCH and 14 1/2 INCH BUNDLE, CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/690794694/lp-1073-prima-ballerina-special-price


Make just-like-the-real-thing ballet performance ensembles for all your favorite dolls — 18 inch American Girl®-size dolls, 16 inch A Girl for All Time® dolls and 14 1/2 inch WellieWishers® and similar dolls!

Pattern 1073: Prima Ballerina features 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 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.

The 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 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 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 optional decorations that we show in our pictures throughout the pattern.


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.


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.



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


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" bridal 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


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 Dolls, available HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/600056805/lp-1075-ballet-slippers-pattern-for-18


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Our Bow Front Dress explores the lovely self-fabric trim 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!

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This pattern will be delivered as an instant download. After purchasing, you will receive a link to the PDF pattern 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®, A Girl for All Time® or any other company or organization.


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An excellent pattern for the young sewer - my 8 year old was able to complete several pair with very little help from me. Thanks Pearl and Lee!!

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This is now my favorite mask! Just arrived and I wore it for a day of subway rides and hiking around the park. Easy to breathe through. Looks awesome! And for me...it's been really hard to find masks that fit. I wear glasses (which didn't fog today!) Plus, I can't wear a mask over my ears...so the tie strap was perfect! Tight fit. Comfortable. I just ordered more!

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