Recital Leotard and Tutu Pattern for 18" doll such as the American favorite


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Got a special gal that loves dance or skate? Want to stitch up something special? The Janie Carroll Designs 'Recital' pattern for 18" dolls is for you!

Your pattern includes the lovely leotard, with a rounded front neckline and open 'V" back. You'll get pattern pieces for 4 different sleeve options. The leotard fits beautifully, but pulls on easily and has no fussy closures.

You'll also get full instructions for tutus, including my Ezy Tutu. Choose from 2 length options, and 2 waistline methods, including the use of Fold Over Elastic. Jazz it up with a ruffle back or bustle back tutu for something new.

The Recital pattern adapts easily to a variety of dance looks from ballet to modern dance. Classic ballet looks, 'Top Hat' worthy tap costumes, Cowboy's Sweetheart look or how about Candy Corn for Halloween? They're all here! Layer stretch lace for elegance, or use sequined knit for leotard fronts. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination and you'll find advice for success in sewing all your ideas!

Pattern calls for 1/4 yard of 60" knit fabric with at least 25% stretch, such as swim lycra blends. (Not sure what that means? I'll explain that in the pattern, too!) Tutus can be made with as little as 1/4' yard of tulle or stretch mesh.

A Bonus Worksheet covers a variety of Recital Worthy Extras. Instructions for tulle puffs, fan bows, gauntlet gloves and even an oversized 'tush' bow! I've also included an Ezy method for making perky ribbon bows that's quick & foolproof.

Need ideas to jumpstart your creativity? There's a 3 page photo gallery which includes not only photos but measurements and fabric notes.

Altogether it's a 31 page powerhouse; crammed with patterns, measurements, photos, ideas, and fabric & sewing tips!

The Recital pattern assumes basic sewing skills but you'll receive detailed instructions with photos. I'll walk you through every step from the planning to the fancy trim. If you're a little intimidated by knits this pattern is perfect for you! Instructions are written in an easy, conversational style.

This listing is for a sewing pattern, NOT an actual garment. Photos shown are samples only, and may depict a few accessories that are not included in the pattern.

Recital garments were designed to fit current American dolls, as well as most other similar 18" dolls. Fit tips are included for older Pleasant Company brand dolls, too! I am not affiliated with any doll company in any way.

Immediate download is available after purchase. I am happy to answer any questions and can be reached by conversation through my etsy shop.

This pattern is for your use only. It may not be published, sold or shared. You may sell items you make with the pattern, but no mass production, please. If you sell online, I ask that you credit 'Janie Carroll Designs'. 'Recital' is an original design by Jane Wilkes of Janie Carroll Designs. A big thank you to my pattern testers, Julie and Debbie!

Don't want to make it yourself but love one of these samples? Message me and have one made for you!

PLEASE NOTE: A matching design to fit slimmer 18-19" dolls is not yet available. Watch my shop for a future listing!

Average review
Designer includes very easy instructions and tips to make sure you have success in your project!
Jul 5, 2016 by Jessica Hosch
This was the girls favorite and sewed up nice and results were great
Jun 22, 2016 by Debra Welch
Great pattern with so many possibilities! Wonderful instructions to try variations of dance costuming for your doll! Skirts, bustles, hair accessories, and gloves. Just a treasure trove of ideas to use your imagination.
Dec 11, 2015 by Dana Ronevich

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