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Introducing Lee & Pearl Pattern #1054: Superheroes! Costumes and Accessories for 18" Dolls:

Lee & Pearl™ celebrate comic book heroes and villains — and a dash of 1950s Golden Age of Science Fiction awesomeness — with this suite of perfectly-fitted patterns for iconic character costumes.

Our AMAZON PRINCESS wardrobe features a 4-way stretch BODYSUIT with a sweetheart neckline and stretch mesh shoulder and sleeve piece cut-in-one for a strapless look. We've also included directions for a super-easy headband DIADEM to hold back your heroine's flowing locks while she fights for truth and justice, and directions to cut her a GOLDEN LASSO out of a length of doll-scaled rattail cord.

No superhero is complete without a supervillain, so we've put together a slinky CAT BURGLAR costume. The calf-length CATSUIT features a shaped hip seam to simulate a low-slung belt, a sweetheart neckline bodice and stretch mesh insert perfectly fitted to a high collar. Add a felt CAT EAR BEANIE, featuring 3-dimensional ears, for ultimate feline fabulosity.

Finally, our ALIEN QUEEN salutes classic illustrations from the 1950s Golden Age of Science Fiction with a high-collared SPACE SUIT, featuring contrasting GAUNTLET sleeves, collar and shaped panty. Finish her outfit with an easy lined CAPE, that fastens at the neck with a shaped GORGET, and follow our recommendations to purchase and prepare your own doll-scale GOGGLES and RAY GUN!

Re-create these iconic looks, or mix-and-match the elements from each set to create your own characters. Even a simple change of fabric colors and trim can turn our slinky Cat Burglar into an adorably kawaii (that's Japanse for "cute") kitty cosplay outfit!

The cat ear beanie, cape, gorget and diadem are rated EASY, while the bodysuit, catsuit and spacesuit are rated INTERMEDIATE for curved seams on slippery fabric and some hand basting and hand finishing. As usual, Lee & Pearl's photo-illustrated directions and computer-drafted, guaranteed-to-fit-together pattern pieces make each step as easy as possible.

If you don't own a serger or you've worried about making garments like these out of 4-way stretch spandex material — worry no more! We've included our NO SERGER? NO PROBLEM! directions right in this pattern. And for even more comprehensive tips and tricks on working with spandex-blend fabrics, download our FREE Sew Easy With Spandex eBook!

If you like the strapless look on our Amazon Princess — achieved using skin tone stretch mesh — visit the FABRIC & TRIM KITS section of our Etsy store to browse our stock of skin tone stretch mesh kits, including a SAMPLER KIT of all three popular 18" doll skin tones, complete with perfectly matched skinny elastic to finish the neck and sleeve openings, as recommended in our patterns.

Fans of Lee & Pearl may recognize these costumes from our 2014 Superheroes! and Fun with Beanies! Newsletter Tweaks. Though both of these Tweaks are still available in our Newsletter Archive, we realized that these costumes required not just the two FREE Tweak downloads, but also separately purchased Pattern #1055: Skating Dresses, #1051: Ballet Basics and #1008: Classic Ball Cap and Big Fat Trucker Hat. That's a lot of commitment to ask from anyone who just wants to make a superhero (or supervillain) outfit. So we've combined all the Tweaks into this one, super-size pattern, that includes complete directions for each piece, with no cut-and-paste drafting required.

Even if you already own Patterns #1051, #1055 and #1008, you might find the convenience of having all the pieces pre-drafted and all the directions in one place worth the price of this new pattern!

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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.

In 2014, we added a Fabric & Trim Kit section to our Etsy shop, to share some of the wonderful, hard-to-find fabrics and materials we are lucky to be able to source here in the Los Angeles garment district. Check our selection regularly for new additions before they sell out — or scroll down and subscribe to our mailing list to hear about new kits as soon as they launch!

We LOVE doll craft tutorials. We love to watch them, read them — and most of all, we love to make them.

You can find our tutorials in our monthly Newsletters, on our new YouTube Channel, and of course, linked from our Tutorials page.

We also link to our own, and other favorite tutorials from crafters around the Internet, on our Pinterest Crafts & Tutorials Board.

One of our most popular tutorial features is the FREE "Tweak the Pattern" we often feature in our monthly newsletters.

We love it when people take our patterns beyond the outfit on the cover. In fact, we often do that ourselves. And when we do, we love to put those ideas into free pattern or tutorial form for our Newsletter subscribers.

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 Pattern #1051: Ballet Basics for 18" Dolls — and here's an easy felt beanie tweak of Pattern #1008: Classic Ball Cap and Big Fat Trucker Hat for 18" Dolls.

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.

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