Dance Time 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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“Dance Time”, by Karen Lorraine Design, consists of a leotard with boyleg pants, and three tulle-layered overskirts. The leotard is made from knit/stretch fabric, and there are two 18-inch doll sizing options. Binding appears on the neckline and armholes (or fold over elastic or stretch binding can be used), while a pretty ribbon sparkles from the overskirt hems. The three-layered overskirts gather at the waistline, and sandwich into the leotard; hence, this pattern does not require any elastic. The tulle can be either a woven cotton or a stretch knit. (In the pink example, I have used a stiff non-stretch tulle, while in the red I have used a soft stretch tulle.) No back closures are required, although you can insert hook and loop tape for an easier opening-and-closure for little hands.

Also included in this PDF sewing pattern are three bonus items. Leg warmers can be quickly sewn from stretch knit fabrics, while there are two options to create fingerless gloves. One of these options is for woven cotton fabrics, and the other is for knit fabrics.

This package allows the seamstress to indulge in a world of solo-colour, go jazzy in foil lycras, or mix-it-up with sequins and glitter. Alternatively, the variations included in this pattern allow for several other outfits, including sweat bands, tank tops, knickers, unitards, and fairy and princess decorated outfits.

This pattern will fit various 18-inch dolls.

This pattern is also available for 14-14.5" dolls such as Hearts for Hearts Girls® and WellieWishers™.

Recommended Fabrics: 4-way stretch fabrics like dance fabric, lycra, foil lycras

Supplies Needed:
1m (wide) x 1/3m (deep), 4-way stretch fabric like lycra, cotton soft knit, dance fabric. This measurement includes enough to make the self-binding (and is equivalent to 39" x 13").
• 31" (wide) x 15" (deep) tulle or similar stretch or non-stretch fabric.
• 30" x 1" fabric for stretch binding (or two lots of 15" x 1"). This can be purchased from the shop (as stretch bias binding), or you can make your own (with these measurements). The pattern shows self-made binding (and this amount is included in the above stretch fabric amount of lycra, etc.). See instructions for further information on how to cut the binding strip if you are making your own binding. *
• Fold over elastic to use instead of stretch binding. (Optional). 30" long by 1" deep.
• Sock fabric or knit fabrics for leg warmers/sweat bands (optional) 4½" x 4½".
• Stretch fabric for fingerless gloves (optional) 1" (w) x 3" (d).
• Non-stretch fabric for fingerless gloves (optional) 1½" (w) x 4½" (d).
• Ribbon for the base of the tulle skirts (if desired). I have used 1/8" wide ribbon. ¼" could be used as well. Length needed is about 100" (2.54 m).
• Matching or contrasting polyester thread.
• Stretch needle (for sewing machine). 

      Skill Level:  Intermediate

      What You Get: One 32 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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      Karen T.
      United Kingdom United Kingdom
      Dance time 18" doll leotard and tutu pattern

      Bought this pattern to make the outfit for a dog doll I was making. The pattern was easy and straight forward to follow, a quick make. The finished item was the perfect size. Love this outfit and would heartily recommend it.

      Dance Recital

      Made this outfit in red with the gold ribbon on the bottom. Also used, the LLM Breezy Dayz jacket to make matching dance recital outfit for my granddaughter. She loved it and the outfit looked just like hers!. Boy legs were perfect for the outfit. Easy to make. To make it easier for her to get off and on, I left the back open. She can now put it on all her dolls, regardless of the size of their bodies. Even have a "Fancy Nancy" that might get to wear it!

      Branson, MO
      Gotta have it!

      My granddaughter saw the picture of the lavender one I made and needed 3, Two for AG dolls and one for Wellie Wisher! Thanks for super easy pattern that pleases a 5 year old!