1980s Workout Wardrobe 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Flossie Potter's "1980s Workout Wardrobe" is an iconic design for exercise wear. Its interchangeable pieces allow you to create many combinations. The leotard has long straps and low waistline; the "tee-o-tard" is an off-shoulder tee shirt that tapers and connects between the legs to keep it tucked in. The open-toed leg portions can connect to either the leotard or tee-o-tard to create the illusion of leggings underneath without the bulk of extra fabric or waistband, and it's made of stretch fabric which makes it very easy to put on and take off.

Accessories include very '80s stirrup leg warmers, wrist bands, and a headband.

Pair the Wardrobe with Flossie Potter's "Sports & Dance Bag" to carry all of your doll's necessities to the gym!  These patterns are available separately or get the Workout Wardrobe/Sports Bag bundled together and save.

This 15-page PDF sewing pattern is a labeled as "Easy Plus" because it sews up quickly. Even less-experienced seamstresses can make it easily if they practice a zigzag stitch on stretch fabric.

Recommended Fabrics: 

4-way stretch fabrics such as Lycra® or poly Spandex®. Not for woven fabrics.


Supplies Needed:

Combination Possibilities and Yardage

All pieces use 4-way stretch fabric, such as Lycra® or poly Spandex®, where a 4" piece stretches to 6". The toeless leg portions require 1/3 yd because of their height, so any combo of the same color with attached legs can be made from the same larger piece. The amount you need will depend on how many different colors you use.

Off Shoulder "Tee-o-tard" alone (no attached legs): 1/4 yd

Off Shoulder "Tee-o-tard" with attached legs: 1/3 yd

Leotard alone (no attached legs): 1/4 yd

Leotard with attached legs: 1/3 yd

Headband, wristbands, and leg warmers - stretch fabric such as thin stretch terrycloth, or Lycra®. (These can be made from remnants. The larger dimension requires the stretch.)

Leg warmers: 5" x 5" square (x2)

Wristbands: minimum 1 1/2" x 4 1/4" (x2)

Headband: 2" x 11"

Skill Level:  Easy Plus

What You Get: One 15 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! This pdf sewing pattern contains 4 pages of instructions with full-color assembly photos, 4 pages of pattern pieces, and 2 pages of printable summary instructions. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files (example: Adobe Reader or Preview for MAC). The download link is received immediately after the transaction is complete. Print copies are NOT available.

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Jozel W.
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Memories of Olivia Newton John!!

This is an easy to make, fun to make and quick to make pattern for your 18" doll that will have you bringing back fond memories of 80's movies and exercise-wear! I love sewing with 4-way stretch fabrics and they are perfect for these items. Have a good time laughing over old times as you dress your doll!

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