Lederhosen 18" Doll Clothes Pattern

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The German word Lederhosen means “Leather Breeches”. Originally these pants were commonly worn as work wear for hard physical work across central Europe. Today they are worn as leisurewear and considered traditional folk costumes in regions like Bavaria and Austria. They are also seen at Oktoberfest events across the world. Lederhosen have become a symbol of regional pride in Bavaria and other areas where they are worn.
With this pattern you can sew your doll his own Lederhosen with H-Style suspenders and a felt Alpine hat.
The pants have a drop front flap and two working pockets in the front. There is a single side pocket. I have simplified the pants for it to be more practical for doll size and easier doll play.
The area for embroidery is very small on these doll size pants. You can add hand or machine embroidery to the front flap and pants front. An instruction for this is not included.
Pair the outfit with white or green socks, brown leather look shoes and a white or check button up shirt.

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

Don't miss the coordinating Dirndl pattern for girl dolls! 

Recommended Fabrics:  • Pants —Use medium weight woven fabric. Use brown shades to resemble a leather look. Real leather would be too thick to use for doll scale. • H-Style Suspenders — Vinyl, marine vinyl. I use one that has a leather look. • Hat — Felt

Supplies Needed:
Pants Fabric — 9” x 28”
H-Suspenders Fabric — 3.5” x 11.5”
Hat Felt — 6” x 16”

Metal Eyelets — 4mm — x2
Elastic — 3/8" wide — 6.5”
Buttons for pants — 5/16” wide — x10
Sew on Snaps — 1/4" wide — x3
Feather for Hat —3” to 4” long — x1
Flat Braid for Hat – 1/4" wide — 21”

Matching thread
Contrasting thread for pants
Marking Pencil
Loop Turner or hemostat
Hand sewing needle
Large eye needle
Sticky Tape
Iron and ironing board
Pressing sheet

Skill Level:  Intermediate

What You Get: One 25 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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Rosalind P.
United States United States

Wunderbar Lederhosen

I have made a pair, including the suspenders and hat, except for the hand sewing of all the buttons and fasteners at the end. I love the pattern, but being a slouch about hand work, I have yet to get it done, and it keeps getting pushed aside in favor of other projects. I made a dirndl for a doll a couple of years ago, and this will be a lovely set that reminds me of little celluloid German dolls from my childhood, but of a type that my granddaughter can play with in a few years when she's old enough. I will psych myself up to do it, I promise, and I'm absolutely certain it will be worth it. I've been sewing for 60 years, so I'm not the one to talk to about how easy a pattern is. I think this probably a little complex for a rank beginner, but most sewists will be able to get it by following the directions carefully. The fit is perfect and looks very authentic. To go with it, I sewed an open collar shirt from Val Spiers pattern on this site.

Patricia S.
United States United States

Lederhosen pattern

Just fine. Easy download.

Kem S.
United States United States

Authentic Pattern!

The lederhosen are adorable. The pattern and instructions are clear. The sewing is time consuming however. If I made these again, I would make plain shorts and stitch the front flap on.

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Sandra F.
Germany Germany

Really cool pattern

It needed some time and patience, but the outcome is really great. Love the pattern and you can create such authentic costumes. Also recommend the Dirndl dress pattern, as it perfectly goes with the Lederhosen.