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Unitards and Stockings for 16" Ellowyne


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When I was in my early twenties, I sewed for The National Ballet Of Canada. My sister was a ballerina and like all dancers, needed a constant supply of dance wear. I sewed hundreds of leotards, unitards, leg warmers, knit bodysuits and the like. This pattern is completely original. I developed it to give the dancers a garment that had as few seams as possible, and it became my most popular item with the National Ballet. Adapted to doll size, it's perfect to hide the joints of ball jointed dolls, and creates a more uniform body line. I've used it countless times with slight variations to be worn 'as is' or under my Modern Kimono designs. It's also perfect to be worn under shorts, coats, and skirts, etc... BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY You'll get a better result if you sew this with a serger. However, you can sew it with a regular machine. To sew your unitard and stockings with a regular machine, make sure you have the proper needle for the fabric, and set your stitch length med-small and sew while applying slight pressure to your fabric so that the seam will stretch a little with the fabric. Most lycra does not fray, so I do not recommend using a zig-zag stitch as it will cause your seam to undulate. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS This pattern was designed for 16" Ellowyne Dolls but will fit dolls with similar measurements (which you can find on various websites) All of my patterns come with step by step photo instructions! You can print the pattern pieces on regular letter size paper and view the sewing steps on your computer, or print them out to use as a guide as you sew! I have over a hundred different patterns for many different dolls available on my website, please visit soon. I am truly happy that my patterns help others make a little extra "dolly funds" (or even a nice second income), that's what they're for! It's just that in these days of universal search engines and google rankings, these small designer credits DO add up and help bring new customers to my website for new pattern sales. So if you sell something made from my patterns, please give design credit to MHD Designs, thanks! Be sure to print the pattern pieces at 100%, without "scaling" or "fit to printable area" or anything like that!.

Recommended with this pattern

  • This pattern is to be cut in four way stretch knits only, such as lycra, cotton lycra, spandex, etx. There are many nice laces with spandex in the content that work well too.
  • You can stencil, embroider, applique, etc. I love to sew little beads or a small brooch at the gathered bust line.

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Starting at three or four I was playing with dolls and dressing them. I started creating my own clothes for the dolls with scraps from my mother's sewing efforts, before I was allowed anything but child's scissors and big blunt needles. This morphed into sewing cloth dolls for sale during my teenage years and I started sewing my own clothing. With my father's help I enrolled in College LaSalle in Montreal to study Fashion Design. While in Fashion School I designed costumes for choreographers of some smaller ballet companies. My classes in Fashion School filled in what I didn't already know, especially about how to drape and draft professional patterns. I studied fashion history and had a very inspirational teacher for Fashion Drawings. The high point of those years was winning a fashion contest that let me represent Canada in an international competition held in Paris. The theme was "Cruise Wear" and my entry was titled "The Pirate's Fiancé". It was thrilling to see my design compete on a Paris Fashion Runway with a professional model dressed in my creation!