The 2021 Olympics are here! To herald in the exciting world event, we’ve put together the ultimate guide of how to get your doll ready for the Olympics! Whether your doll is an athlete or a spectator, we’ve got something to help her show her team spirit. For the US fans, any of these patterns will look perfect in red, white and blue! If you are representing another country, simply choose your country's color palette and show your team pride!
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Original Modern Olympic Events
The modern Olympics started in 1896 in Athens, Greece and only had fourteen nations competing in it. The only sports that were showcased during these Olympics were: athletics (which is a form of track and field), cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting, swimming, tennis, weightlifting, and wrestling. Check out these patterns from Pixie Faire to make uniforms for some of the original events:
Long Distance Running Outfit 18in
Team Spirit Leotard Pattern Hack
Newer Olympic Events
Since the beginning of the modern Olympics, dozens of new sports have been added. The latest additions this year are surfing, skateboarding, rock-climbing, karate, and baseball/softball. Starting at the end of this month, the Tokyo Olympics will feature nearly 400 events in 33 sports, including basketball, equestrian, golf, and volleyball. Take a look at the patterns below for some superb athletic gear:
Shootin' Hoops Basketball Uniform
Atta Girl Baseball/Softball Uniform
Riding Pants, Riding Jacket, Riding Boots
What to Wear as a Spectator
Even if your doll isn’t an athlete, she can still get in on the Olympic spirit! Here are some great patterns and DIYs for you to make that will be perfect for any watching occasion. Whether she’s just watching casually with the family or attending a fun viewing party, we’ve got her covered:
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For more inspiration, you can take a look at this People.com article for what Team USA’s offical summer uniforms have looked like over the past fifty years. The image below is from the 1984 Team - perfect for Courtney fans!
You can also take a look at the Ralph Lauren website to see the full collection of 2021 US Olympic Team wear. They are an an official outfitter for the team, they have a nice overview of the athletes and a variety of different clothing items for athletes and spectators alike! The Flagbearer Jacket especially caught my eye!
Finally, no Olympic look would be complete without a winning medal! Take a gander at our Olympic Medal Tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to make your own.
We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment, and tell us which Olympic sport is your favorite!
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I actually don’t really watch the olympics but because I play tennis then tennis is probably my favorite.
Womens Beach Volleyball is my favorite this time! I admire the athleticism and determination.
I don’t watch the olympics, but I do enjoy watching gymnastics!
Definitely gymnastics. I always wanted to be a gymnast when I was a little girl.
I love all the horse events
My favorite is the figure skating in the winter Olympics.
I love gymnastics but also beach volleyball, and swimming.
I love swimming and gymnastics.
I love gymnastics and swimming and diving
My favorite sport is the swimming competition in the Olympics!
Swimming and diving!
Gymnastics in summer. Figure skating and ice dancing in winter.
I love the gymnastics! In the winter, the ice skating is also very fun to watch.
I like badminton
Gymnastics and swimming are my 2 favorites events to watch.
Women’s gymnastics is my favorite! So proud of Suni Lee for winning the GOLD!!!
My favorite Olympic game is ice skating.
Love them all, but have to say I think gymnastics is awesome!
My favorite Olympic events are the equestrian events. I love the beautiful horses and how well the horse and rider work as a team.
It’s so hard to choose…1) gymnastics, then 2) diving, 3) swimming, 4) skateboarding. The stories, the wins, and even the disappointments; all stories are important as each participant has given SO MUCH to be there. GO USA!!
I love gymnastics and the pixie faire athletic patterns.
In summer olympics, my favorite is gymnastics with diving a close second.
I like watching gymnastics, but I have been impressed by the young women skateboarders.
Must admit that I really love the Winter Olympics especially the ice skating. As for Summer, I love the gymnastics.
We love to watch the Olympic games. My favorite is the synchronized diving.
I love swimming.
Gymnastics or Swimming….its really hard to pick!
love the ice skating and gymnastics
Gymnastics! It’s amazing how much talent and grace goes into those routines. Flips on a 4” balance beam? Please! I trip over my own two feet on flat ground. So impressive!
I love the swimming events in the Summer Olympics, especially the diving! Skating in the Winter Olympics is a must see event!
My favorite Olympic Sport is Gymnastics.
I tune in for women’s and men’s gymnastics, synchronized diving, and sometimes some of the skateboard events for the summer olympics, and figure skating for the winter olympics,
Skating and gymnastics are the best!
All of the events are exciting to watch. They put so much time into training, I commend all of them. My favorite is track/field followed by gymnastics.
Gymnastics is my favorite Olympic event.
Ice skating is definately my favorite
I love all of the events. But my very favorite is gymnastics. I love seeing nation opponents come together and encourage and for cheer each other. It restores my hope for humanity and kindness in the world, especially during this crazy time living during a pandemic.
Swimming for sure
I am split between gymnastics, swimming, and track/field as to what my favorite Olympic events.
Can’t beat the gymnastics! Especially the women’s— amazing strength and grace.
I like to watch gymnastics. Such control and beauty involved.
The equestrian events are my favourite! 🐴
It’s hard to pick one, but I guess it would be tennis.
My favorite summer Olympic sport is Gymnastics, followed by swimming. Surfing & skateboarding might be new favs too.
Gymnastics and ice skating during the Winter Olympics are my two favorites!
My favorite sport is women’s gymnastics.
My favorite summer event is women’s gymnastics and favorite winter event is figure skating.
My favorites are always the equestrian events
Gymnastics for the win!
I’m in New Zealand so it’s the rowing that rocks my boat.
Gymnastics and skating in the winter!
My Olympic sport is the gymnastic. Wish to win!!
Californians love WATER SPORTS! Water Polo is my favorite. Two of our grandsons (8 and 11) play intermural water polo between two nearby counties. For them it is a great sport and they have much fun. In addition, it encouraged the 11-year-old to participate in the Jr. Life Saving program at Huntington Beach, CA this summer. Not only does it teach lifesaving, it teaches common sense and responsibility.
I have always loved the gymnastics but swimming is exciting too! Thanks!
Love watching synchronized diving.
Women’s gymnastics is my favorite summer event and figure skating is my favorite winter event.
Gymnastics is my favorite event,
The equestrian events are my favorite
Love gymnastics, swimming, equestrian, track. Ok I am a big fan of many Olympic sports. This year is of special interest since the gymnastic team has an Auburn University rising freshman who won Gold in all- Around this year. I made a gymnastics leotard and warm up suit in her honor.
I love watching equestrian events because the horses are stunning and because men and women can compete against each other.
I love gymnastics, and swimming. This kids are doing such a nice job winning so many medals!
I love gymnastics, and swimming. This kids are doing such a nice job winning so many medals!
Gymnastics is my favorite to watch both the Women and the Men, I also like all the swimming events.
Gymnastics & Women’s Beach Volleyball!
Love gymnastics and some of the swimming events.
Love to watch the swimming, they just seem to glide through the water.
My favorites are gymnastics and basketball.
My favorite Olympic sports are Gymnastics and the equestrian events.
I love the swimming.
Women’s Gymnastics is hard to top – those ladies are power packs! But I am so excited that they added skateboarding. :)
Women’s gymnastics are my favorite!
I love watching the sports such as curling, archery and rifle shooting that aren’t as widely popular.
We really like to watch the swim races and the diving. Ladies gymnastics are a favorite also. This time I was also watching ladies softball and water polo. I can’t imagine treading water and throwing a ball for so long, and I used to swim a lot! It’s hard to get any sewing done as the TV is in another room!
Women’s Rowing! Everyone is part of a team and each and every girl pulls their own weight. They have to have balance;be level headed and be insync with each other. Not one girl will ever rock the boat because they are stroking forward GOLD. You go girls!
I enjoy soccer and artistic swimming.
Swimming and diving are my favorite. Really liked the touch of Olympic history in the blog.
My favorite is the equestrian events.
I love the equestrian events.
Gymnastics is my favorite.
Gymnastics are my favorite
it’s so hard to pick a favorite – love the water sports & gymnastics.
Equestrian, the athleticism of the rider amazes me. The horses are pure power under control. Wish I was like that.
Discus, it was my favorite in highschool.
Actually as much as I hate the cold. I really like watching the Bob sled. I got hooked after watching the Jamaica Bob Sled movie with John Candy. But I do like the gymnastics and respect Simone Biles choice too.
Gymnastics is my favorite.
I have really enjoyed the triathlon!
I love gymnastics!!!
Rowing, Ireland have just got a gold
Gymnastics is my favorite, specifically the floor routines.
I love the gymnastics.
I love to watch gymnastics & athletics short / long distance & field events.
Women’s soccer is a favorite, but I am delighted rock-climbing was added to the Olympics because my son-in-law worked for years to get it included.
Ice skating is my favorite Olympic sport.
I really enjoy synchronized diving.
August 06, 2021
My favorites are swimming and beach volleyball. My husband loves track events.