Guest Author - Susan Kramer
Here are pattern pieces to make the bodice for a tutu costume for 18 inch dolls such as American Girl, other historical dolls, Corolle Dolls, Gotz Precious Day Girl Dolls and dolls with similar body types.
Here is a link to the tutu - the skirt of this costume.
And here is the link for the bodice sewing instructions.
Following the instructions below make your 1 inch square graph paper and transfer the pattern markings.
You may use the pattern for your own use and gifts, but not commercially.
To make your 1 inch square (2.5cm) grid graph paper
First, take an 8.5x11 inch piece of plain paper and draw 1 inch squares - I do this by drawing horizontal lines 1 inch apart down the page, and then vertical lines 1 inch apart across the page.
Next, looking at the .jpg image you want to enlarge, copy what is in each of my squares into your larger squares.
Note that on the bodice front the center front is a fold line.
Hint: If you think you will use the pattern many times, cut out the pattern pieces in scraps of material or muslin for a more permanent template.
- One third yard of shiny satin or acetate lining material.
- 2 VelcroŽ dots for back closure.
- Any decorations you may wish to use such as shiny ribbon in one quarter inch or very narrow widths. Also consider satin rosettes or tiny satin bows around the waistline.
I like to sew the costumes for dolls by hand as I find it easier to manipulate the small parts. I save machine stitching for piecing together quilts for dolls and real babies.
Note: The lower edge of the bodice will just overlap the waistline of the tutu, but as it is not joined in any way you could make several bodices to go with the one tutu skirt - today she's the bridesmaid and tomorrow the bride!
Tutu Skirt of Costume
Bodice Sewing Instructions
Special Doll Making Techniques
Article and pattern by Susan Kramer