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L&P 1074: Mix-and-match Ballet Costume Accessories Pattern — Tutu Plates, Sleeve Puffs and Sleeve Ruffles for 18 Inch / American Girl Dolls



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We are thrilled to announce the release of this versatile pattern, the perfect complement to our beautiful and popular Ballet Performance Patterns for 18 inch dolls — and the perfect way to accessorize your creations, and even turn purchased tutus into amazing, custom designs!

Do what the professional ballet designers do and create a whole range of creative costumes out of just one existing tutu using interchangeable, apron-style TUTU PLATES and easy on-and-off SLEEVE PUFFS and SLEEVE RUFFLES.

You won't believe the repertory and recital variations you can create with these easy-to-make, just-like-the-real-thing ballet pieces for 18 inch / American Girl® dolls!


Our pattern maker studied hundreds of inspirational dance images and videos to create the most iconic and versatile tutu plate patterns for your dolls. And here they are — the six-petal FLOWER, the SNOWFLAKE, the tabbed FOLKTALE, the elegant PRINCESS and the 3-dimensional ruched ROSE.

And of course, our pattern maker also created doll-scale patterns for the double-layered and gathered SLEEVE PUFFS and SLEEVE RUFFLES that are such important parts of any ballerina's stage wardrobe.

This pattern package also includes an easy-to-use DESIGN TEMPLATE with directions to create your own unique plates — so you can make doll-scale versions of just about any real-world or fantasy ballet costume you can imagine.

And here's the best part ­— all of our tutu plates fasten in back with ribbon ties, Velcro® or hook-and-eye closures, so costume changes are as easy as tying on an apron!


We designed these tutu plates to be worn tucked under the basque piping of our Pattern 1073: Prima Ballerina Classical tutu — a delightfully realistic pancake style that hugs the hips.

We adapted them as well for our Pattern 1072: Corps de Ballet waist-cinched Romantic tutus by including a separate cutting line for the slightly smaller waistline.


These tutu plates can be fastened apron-style over any purchased tutu that lands at the right point — on your doll's hips if you use the standard cutting line, or her waist if you use the Romantic tutu cutting line. And since most purchased tutus have elastic waists, it's easy to push them up or down to the right point.

And of course the sleeve puffs and ruffles can be worn with anything.


The TUTU PLATES are rated INTERMEDIATE for precision stitching, clipping and turning, as well as limited hand basting, gathering and finishing.




1/4 yard (or one fat quarter) of lightweight, crisp woven fabric that can be trimmed, turned and pressed flat easily, such as SILK ORGANZA or cotton broadcloth, muslin or batiste — or fashion fabrics flatlined or lightly bonded to materials like silk organza, muslin or batiste.

Your choice of center back fastener:
1/2 yard of 1/8–1/2" ribbon for ribbon ties, or
small hooks and eyes, or
1/2–5/8" wide hook-and-loop fastener (such as Velcro™)

For the Rose plate ruched drape only, you will also need 1/3 yard (or one fat quarter) of lightweight, softly draping fabric, nylon net or stretch mesh.

Matching thread


1/4 yard of very lightweight, softly draping fabric or tulle, nylon net or stretch mesh

1/2 yard of 1/8" to 1/4" elastic

Matching thread


1/8 yard of very lightweight, soft material that does not require hemming such as tulle, nylon net or stretch mesh — or 2 yards of lightweight lace at least 2" deep

1/4 yard of 1/8" to 1/4" elastic

Matching thread


These are theatrical costumes, so anything goes where decorations are concerned! Apply fabric paint or stamped fabric ink, glitter, lace, ruffles, beads, sequins, pearls, crystals, machine or hand embroidery, rickrack, gimp, ribbons, bows, pompoms, feathers, flowers or any other trim you like.


You can use lots of different materials for the tutu plates in this pattern, but the ideal material is a light, crisp fabric that comes in pretty colors, can be trimmed quite close to seam lines, doesn't unravel easily, turns neatly around curves and sharp corners, and presses absolutely flat.

There is such a fabric — 100% SILK ORGANZA.

Thanks to a lucky estate purchase, Lee & Pearl now offer 100% SILK ORGANZA in many gorgeous colors at near-wholesale prices in the Fabric & Trim Kits section of our Etsy shop.

Check out our current kits and by-the-yard inventory at https://www.etsy.com/shop/leeandpearl/items?section_id=15860795


NOTE: This is a pattern for making the ballet accessories — tutu plates and sleeve armlets — ONLY. The tutus and bodices and anything else the dolls in our photos are wearing are not included in this pattern.

But you can complete your doll's dance class and ballet performance wardrobe with many other beautiful Lee & Pearl dance patterns for 18 inch dolls, including:

Pattern 101: Gym Shorts
Pattern 1001: Unisex T-Shirts
Pattern 1051: Ballet Basics Leotard, Unitard and One Piece Swimsuit,
Pattern 1072: Corps de Ballet Bodice and Romantic Tutu
Pattern 1073: Prima Ballerina Strapless Bodice and Classical Tutu, and
Pattern 1075: Ballet Slippers

Check out these 18 inch doll patterns and more at https://www.etsy.com/shop/leeandpearl/items?section_id=15862176


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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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Love the costume accessories! Makes the already beautiful tutu look even more beautiful. Pattern is easy to work with.

Sandra Repinski Jan 23, 2021

5 out of 5 stars

Just received the silk organza and I’m reading to start creating. This pattern is the perfect accompaniment to Lee & Pearl’s wonderful ballet costumes.

Lee Beasley Sep 23, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

These are so pretty and add so much to the pancake tutu. I actually have to make a tutu to start with but the ideas for tutu plates and ruffles are endless.

plbrandon11 Dec 9, 2020

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This is a beautiful dress and an easy to use pattern. Thanks. makes perfect ballet outfits.

Susan Woodman Nov 9, 2022

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