Swirly Pants 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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Does your doll want to strut her stuff at the school disco? Or will she want to dance the night away at the big festival in the park? What about an evening playing in the band with her friends? Whatever your doll decides to do while she is wearing her swirly pants, you can be sure she is having fun as a fully paid-up member of the groovy crowd.

These swirly pants, by Genniewren Designs, definitely have a 70s vibe. The flared pants are cleverly cut so that the fabric swirls around the legs, finishing in a flared bell-bottom end, while still fitting properly at the hip and knees. There’s a choice of pockets or no pockets and the pants also have a fly front that fastens with a strip of hook and loop tape . The narrow waistband fastens with a snap and is elasticized in the back to give the perfect fit.  

You can make the Swirly Pants in two or more colors and in solids, prints, plaids, spots or plains. Three cutting layouts are provided: for two-color symmetrical and asymmetrical versions, and a four-color version. You could have each piece in a completely different fabric if you really want to drown in that Woodstock era hippy-style patchwork boho feeling. The choice is yours.

For ease of construction the Swirly Pants are sewn together using the flat method, right up until the very last seam which is only slightly twisted.

These swirly pants are the perfect partner to the Flossie Potter 1970s Body Suit.

This PDF sewing pattern is designed to fit 18" dolls such as American Girl®.

Recommended Fabrics: This pattern is designed for woven fabrics such as cotton poplin, quilters cottons, broadcloth, lightweight denim, cotton drill or linen/cotton blends. Heavy weight (jeans-style) denim is not suitable as it is too bulky.

Supplies Needed:
Fabric requirements will differ depending on how many colors you wish to use for the pants.
-For the two-color pants you will need 2 fat quarters (18” x 22”) of similar weight fabrics.
-For the four-color pants you will need 4 fat eighths (18” x 11”) of similar weight fabrics.
-For “patchwork” style pants where every piece is a different color, you will need nine fabric pieces each at least 14” x 9”, plus four smaller pieces 3” x 4” for the pockets and pocket linings.
-5” of ¼” wide elastic.
-1¼” of Ultra Thin hook and loop tape  (hook and loop sides) or 1½” of Anti Snag hook and loop tape  cut in half longways.
-1 sew-on snap for the waistband. You could also add a button to the top layer if you prefer.


Skill Level:  Intermediate - due to curved seams

What You Get: One 31 page sewing pattern that you digitally download as a PDF file so you can start your project immediately! The PDF sewing pattern provides full color step-by-step illustrated instructions and full size pattern pieces. 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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This was a fun pattern. It was nice to finish a less than serious pattern I usually make more detailed and tailored garments. This was nostalgic. I love the 70's. I think is spot on to represent the Era. It may look a little intimidating due to the swirly pant legs. If you follow the pattern pieces and line up the marks. It goes by with ease.

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I love this pattern. This designer is amazing. Do not try to figure out this pattern. Just follow the instruction and you will do. I made a few pair of these pants. It may be my favorite pattern. Turned out a perfect fit and just so pretty.