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L&P 1072: Corps de Ballet Pattern for 18 Inch American Girl, 16 Inch AGFAT and 14 1/2 Inch WW Dolls — Romantic 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/271513319/lp-1072-corps-de-ballet-fitted-bodice

For the 16 INCH and 14 1/2 INCH BUNDLE, CLICK HERE: https://www.etsy.com/listing/704637919/lp-1072-corps-de-ballet-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 1072: Corps de Ballet features a seamed, pointed front BODICE with a wide scoop neckline set off with self-piping, and a detachable ROMANTIC TUTU — in your choice of two traditional lengths — with attached PANTY and BASQUE.

Our BODICE — with its elegant curved front seams, flattering neckline, low back, neat self-piping and waist-enhancing front point — replicates the fitted bodices worn by ballerinas in actual performances.

The bodice features a beautifully-seamed snug fit, and our pattern includes construction techniques like self-piped edges and recommendations for flatlining delicate fabrics. We have also added a neat bag lining to keep everything as lovely on the inside as on the outside.

Our ROMANTIC TUTU is made exactly like the real thing, from gradated lengths of tulle, gathered and stitched in rows to a hidden BASQUE — a wide, fitted band from waistline to hip. The basque fits smoothly under the bodice, and is itself attached to a tailored PANTY with elastic leg openings.

This authentic tutu construction creates a perfect bell shape — slender at the waist, then swelling into a full and floaty skirt.

We have included cutting directions for two traditional tutu lengths: the mid-calf length favored for early-to-mid 19th century Romantic era ballets like La Sylphide, Giselle and Coppélia, and the below-knee length preferred for late 19th and early 20th century Classical era ballets like Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker.

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 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 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. We strongly recommend the use of a rotary cutter to cut the skirt tiers, and rotary cutters should only be used by careful sewists, and never by or around children.

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, 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


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 yard 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


These are theatrical costumes, so let your inner costume designer run wild with beads, sequins, pearls, crystals, ribbons, bows, feathers, flowers and any other trim you like. Genuine ballet costumes can 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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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!

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as usual, the patterns are well constructed and have incredibly detailed instructions with photos for us visual learners. Love the pattern bundle with the various sizes too.

Karen Hawkins Jul 25, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Amazing pattern, can't wait to try it out!

Kirren Siewert Jul 19, 2019

4 out of 5 stars

I gave this product 4 stars, although it s/b 5 stars only because I wish there was a tutorial/video to go along with it, although it came with good instructions and photos, it’s Nonthing like seeing a demonstration live. I had to do one alteration to the skirt back in-closer it was 1”off, some how I didn’t use enough fabric. To work with this pattern without a video you do have to have some knowledge of sewing. My daughter and all my family members including my granddaughter loves this ballerina outfit. I also made the stockings and the ballerina shoes along with the hair piece. Yes I would 100 percent recommend this pattern, best ever.

Laura Ferguson Jul 24, 2022

5 out of 5 stars

Great pattern easy to follow, yes I would buy this pattern again. It turned out great, I did watch a tutorial/video on how to assemble doll ballerina shoes plus followed the step by step written pattern provided. I am a visual learner. I also made the Ballerina outfit along with the stockings, which I also purchased patterns for those items through esty, I give it truly 5 stars.

Laura Ferguson Jul 24, 2022

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