Disco Diva 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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The “Disco Diva” pattern, by Genniewren Designs, is a fun dance outfit for all your soft-bodied 18” dolls. Both girls and boys will love this funky outfit.

Loosely based on 1970s disco outfits, this bodysuit has hints of Elvis, and the glam rock era too. It is easily customized with stretch trims (e.g. glittery fold over elastic).

The Disco Diva pattern is designed for four-way stretch fabrics only, such as dancewear and swimwear performance fabrics.

The front-fastening bodysuit design has two basic views: View A has an optional rounded collar that can be worn standing up or laid flat, flared sleeve and leg ruffles, and a fabric belt. View B has a square collar, an elasticized lower sleeve, and a split leg ruffle. It is shown with a purchased chain belt. Either view can also be made without the collar if desired. The pattern pieces for the different views can be mixed and matched to create a custom outfit.

Instructions are included for a hook and loop front closure, as well as for two types of zipper (regular or invisible zipper), but a zipper is recommended for authenticity and practicality, as hook and loop tape may damage the foil finishes of some of the shinier dancewear fabrics.

This PDF sewing pattern contains 9 pages of pattern pieces. It has been rated intermediate because it requires four-way stretch fabric. If you are comfortable sewing with stretch fabrics then this pattern is easy to make.

I hope you enjoy making this as much as I enjoyed the designing. It was so much fun to see all the tester versions.

Recommended Fabrics: The Disco Diva pattern is designed for four-way stretch fabrics only, such as dancewear and swimwear performance fabrics. It is NOT suitable for woven fabrics.   

Supplies Needed:
Option 1 – two-color suit with collar (either View A or View B)
- 12” x 30” main fabric
- 18” x 40” contrast fabric
- 10” x 8” non-fusible interfacing or plain cotton fabric such as muslin for the collar interlining
- 1 x 7” closed end zipper (regular or invisible is fine) or 5” ultra thin hook and loop tape
- One 1 1/2” or larger buckle (with a 1” tall opening in the center)
- 8” x 1/4” wide elastic for View B sleeves only
- 8 x zip ties. The small (1/8” wide) ones are perfect for doll’s clothing.
Option 2 – one-color suit without collar or belt (either view A or View B)
- Half a yard of 44” wide (or wider) fabric
- 1 x 7” closed end zipper (regular or invisible is fine) or 5” ultra thin hook and loop tape
- 8” x 1/4” wide elastic for View B sleeves only.
All options and views
- Stretch trims (e.g. fancy fold over elastic) as desired

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 53 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.  This pattern includes a 6 page Summary of Instructions section so you can print out just the text version if desired to save on printer ink!  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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Great Pattern

I loved doing this. I made a total of four disco outfits. The only part I had a issue with was the facing. I made one of outfits based on a costume in Rocketman movie.

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Jane .
Bellevue, WA

I don't think I have ever had as much pure joy making something as this design provided! Had the second one planned almost before I finished the first, so that both dolls could practice their moves! Clear directions make this pattern a cinch to put together and the fit is absolutely perfect! Packed with lots of tips to make construction easy, (even if your machine does not handle lycra particularly well.) make for a very enjoyable experience. You simply have to try this one...you will be smiling the entire time!

Lansing, MI
Lots of fun, versatile, and easy to do!

I had fun doing this pattern. It's really easy to follow even though it looks like it might be kind of complicated. There's lots of different ways to put the outfit together, so one pattern can make tons of very different outfits. Definitely recommend for either Julie or maybe a fun Halloween costume!

Miami, FL
Just plain fun!

Now this pattern was just plain fun to do. Having lived through this era, this brought back memories of some of the wild clothing worn at the time!! Excellent instructions and a perfect-fitting pattern make for a fail-proof combination. You must buy this one if for nothing else but the fun factor!