Gym Duds Pattern for 18" dolls such as the American favorite


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Active girls today are busy with dance, cheer, gymnastics and the like. Here are the clothes they love to wear to practice, sized for the 18" doll. (No names, but she's the American favorite.) These pieces have been designed to fit her perfectly, though they should fit similar 18" dolls.

This pattern includes a closed fitted tank top, along with shorts and capri pants. These items make wonderful 'Gym Duds' but they're also wardrobe basics. Make summer play-clothes or pj's, or combine with your own favorite patterns for other great looks. How about a tank top under a plaid shirt? Capris with a fall jumper set? or shorts for her favorite 'Ezy T'? You get the picture!

You'll need just 1/4 yard (or less) of knit fabric for each Gym Duds piece. Choose cotton blend interlock or jersey, though you'll have best fit results with active wear fabrics containing Lycra. No serger is required, you'll stitch with a basic zigzag. The tank top closes with hook and loop tape in back, and the shorts/capris have an elastic waist.

As an extra you'll receive SVG cut files for the words 'Cheer' and '#Fierce' as shown in the photos. Add your own heat transfer vinyl and embellish your Gym Duds. (You'll need a cutter and appropriate software. Cut files may not be adaptable to all machines. No guarantees are made.)

How about accessories to authenticate her sporty look? Bonus worksheets include helpful info (and sources!) for fold over elastic plus instructions for 2 super simple ponytail bands. You also get a tutorial on how to make the faux ankle wrap!

Finally, there's a photo gallery with even more ideas for great outfits.

This pattern assumes basic sewing skills but you'll receive detailed instructions with photos. My patterns are written in an easy, conversational style. Imagine I'm right there with you at the machine! PS: This pattern includes 2 methods for elastic insertion; be sure and try my 'in the ring' method.

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

Test garments were designed to fit the current favorite American dolls, as well as most other similar 18" dolls.

Pattern is a PDF format with immediate download available after purchase. Remember to print with size set at 100%, 'actual size' and 'no margins'. This insures that your pattern will print true to size.

This pattern is for your use only. It may not be published, sold or shared. You may sell items you make with the pattern; no mass production, please.

'Gym Duds' is an original design by Jane Wilkes of Janie Carroll Designs. A big thank you to my pattern testers Dawn, Kel, Margaret and Dana. Appreciation for technical assistance goes to Deana.

PLEASE NOTE: I am not affiliated with any doll company in any way.

    Average review
    Dec 13, 2017 by Jan
    Jan 27, 2017 by Jacqueline Montano
    Very cute pattern. Instructions are easy to follow.
    Dec 17, 2016 by Gay Fronek
    Sorry I did not sew with the pattern the moment I purchase it, but it is now one of my favorites! Sew fast and easy!
    Nov 21, 2016 by Payton's Boutique
    Love this pattern ..easy to make..fits good..
    Nov 8, 2016 by paula steidinger

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