“Dance Time” 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.
My inspirations for this outfit include a Christmas ballet recital of “Aurora,” memories of Noel Streatfield’s “Ballet Shoes” book, and my niece (when she was aged 6½ years old). 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 lycrasSupplies Needed:
Skill Level: Intermediate
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