In honor of all the wonderful skaters who inspire us every four years (and every year in between) Lee & Pearl are thrilled to present the perfect pair of 18 inch doll skating dresses: The Short Program This sleek dress features a jewel neckline with a collar, and a deep keyhole opening in back. The dress can be made with or without long sleeves. The Long Program This flirty dress features a lined sweetheart bodice attached to a power net (mesh) or contrast fabric shoulder piece, cut-in-one with sleeves. Both looks feature a modern-style skirt that hangs smoothly in front and back, with just enough fullness around the hips to create the flattering illusion of a waist on our 18" friends. The skirt, which can be cut in either of two lengths, hangs slightly lower in back than in front, concealing an attached snug-fitting panty with elasticized leg openings. You'll love these looks and you'll also love the ability to design your own gold medal outfits by mixing and matching our pattern pieces - we've even included bonus pieces that allow you to use the Short Program collar with the Long Program yoke - while exploring a wide range of stretch fabric and embellishment choices. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE: In the Lee & Pearl April 2014 newsletter (available in the newsletter archive at www.leeandpearl.com) we published a set of BONUS SKIRT pattern pieces that turn this skating dress pattern into a pattern for beautiful, form-fitting red carpet, recital and bridal dresses - as well as a stunning Elsa from Frozen gown! *** Sign up for our mailing list at www.leeandpearl.com, and you'll receive our newsletter full of FREE pattern tweaks, tutorials, crafts and printables. PLUS, you'll get the link for our annual FREE MEMBERS-ONLY PATTERN. In 2017, that's Pattern #1025: She Blinded Me with Science Unisex Lab Coat (or Unlined Coat) and Safety Goggles for Dolls. This is our first multi-size release, which contains patterns drafted for 18” dolls, 16” dolls and 14 1/2” dolls — because we think every child, and every doll, should know the thrill of launching a chemical reaction or spotting a single-cell organism in a drop of pond water! Do not miss out on this pattern — join our mailing list today at www.leeandpearl.com. Join the Lee & Pearl™ community: like us on Facebook (Lee & Pearl), follow us on Twitter (www.twitter.com/LeeandPearl), join us on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/leeandpearl) and watch us on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/c/leeandpearl). *** This pattern will be delivered as an instant download. After purchasing, you will receive a link to a PDF copy of the file. No paper copy will be mailed. This pattern may be printed solely by the original purchaser. It may not be duplicated, redistributed, posted or resold without prior authorization from Lee & Pearl™. If you use this pattern to make items to sell yourself, we ask that you give Lee & Pearl™ design credit in the description of those items. Thank you! Lee & Pearl™ is not affiliated with Mattel, American Girl® or any other company or organization. *** BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY These skate dresses are rated for INTERMEDIATE sewers as we recommend the use of a serger and the pattern requires limited hand basting, elastic insertion and curved seams on slippery fabrics. As usual, Lee & Pearl have made things as easy as possible with photo illustrated, step-by-step instructions and computer drafted pattern pieces guaranteed to fit together. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Please be aware that 18 inch dolls can vary significantly in their measurements. These patterns were developed on a Mattel-era American Girl doll, and will fit differently on different dolls.