We know that many of our customers do not have access to the variety of fabric and trim we are fortunate to have here in the Los Angeles Fashion District. We try to make our sample outfits using materials from the chain stores or up-cycled garments from thrift stores, but with some patterns — like the wildly popular Ice Princess tweak of our Pattern #1055: Skating Dresses for 18" Dolls — that's not an option. Our customers asked us for help sourcing the right fabrics for this dress, and a whole new product line was born: Lee & Pearl Fabric & Trim Kits!
Our first set of Ice Princess Fabric Kits — enough of three perfectly coordinated materials to make three glittering ice-blue dresses — sold out in an hour. Our second set sold out in less than 24 hours. We put together a third, much larger, set of kits, but even that is now in danger of selling out.
We cannot guarantee that we will be able to find the materials to put together any more versions of this kit. And if we do find the materials, we cannot guarantee the current price. If Ice Princess fabric is something you know that you will want for the upcoming holidays, buy it now.
We have several other kits currently in development — and plans for many more. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to be among the first to hear about new kit launches before they sell out.
Since launching our Etsy shop with a single 18" doll pattern in July of 2013, Lee & Pearl have built a reputation for quality patterns that sew easily and fit perfectly. You will never find a mis-matched curve in a Lee & Pearl pattern! But along with those reliable pieces, clear directions and carefully drafted measurements, Lee & Pearl are proud of our reputation for making patterns for doll clothes — clothes that anyone can make — that look just like the real thing.
Whether it's a perfectly-detailed, but still easy to make baseball cap, or a mesh trucker hat, or a skating dress with a skirt carefully drafted to hang just like the real ones, or a slinky wrap dress indistinguishable from a '70s original, or a unisex t-shirt that manages to be both unfitted and fitted enough to slip under jackets, or a replica U.S. Army uniform that has to be seen — and made — to be believed, or... we could go on and on.
And don't get us started on our hat patterns. Lee & Pearl designer, Elizabeth Atwater Menes, studied millinery at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Perfectly made hat patterns will always be a Lee & Pearl specialty.
Please visit our Lee & Pearl Pattern Images Pinterest board to enjoy the full Lee & Pearl experience. And of course, visit our Etsy shop to make your own wonderful outfits using our patterns. Once you've done that, please send us pictures. We would be honored to host them on our Made With Lee & Pearl Patterns Pinterest board.
Molly says, "Thank you — and come back soon!"
We love it when people take our patterns beyond the outfit on the cover. In fact, we often do that ourselves. In each of our newsletters, we offer an idea we've had for using bits and pieces of our patterns to create new items and outfits.
Some of these Tweak the Pattern features involve new pattern pieces, while others are suggestions for using unexpected materials or trims.
Here are a few of our recent pattern tweaks:
Use the FREE Tweak the Pattern skirt pieces to turn popular Pattern #1055: Skating Dresses for 18" Dolls into a whole range of red carpet, recital, Ice Princess and bridal gowns.
Here's a swimsuit Tweak of FREE Pattern #1051: Ballet Basics for 18" Dolls (our gift when you join our mailing list) — and here's an easy felt beanie tweak of Pattern #1008: Classic Ball Cap and Big Fat Trucker Hat for 18" Dolls.
And here's one of our favorites: a superhero (or supervillain!) tweak of Pattern #1055 that includes pattern pieces for comic-book style capes and crowns.
Don't worry if you missed any of these tweaks: all newsletter content, including the FREE Tweak the Pattern downloads, are available in our Newsletter Archive.