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Introducing Lee & Pearl Pattern #1022: Cookie Time Apron, Pinafore and Oven Mitt for 18" Dolls

We had so much fun working on this confection of a pattern for a bibbed-and-banded apron, pinafore and thoroughly adorable — not to mention crazy easy — doll-sized oven mitt.

Modern 18" girls will love these cute aprons, and so will your historical dolls. Nineteenth century girls like Addy® or Kirsten® would have worn calico versions, while an early 20th century girl like Samantha® might have worn a crisp white pinafore. Depression era Kit® surely had a functional version, while Molly® could accessorize her WWII-rationed outfits with pretty, patriotic aprons. And of course, 1970s Julie® would wear her wildly popular "prairie style" pinafore while watching that hot new Wednesday night show, Little House On The Prairie.

Our easy-to-make View A Apron features an above-knee length skirt that wraps halfway around the body, with a pretty patch pocket on one side that's deep enough to stash a wooden spoon or handkerchief. The separately seamed and lined shoulder bands allow for a snug fit — and also offer opportunity for fun color-blocking and trim insertion. Directions are included for a square edged or optional curved-edge and trimmed skirt.

The View B Pinafore offers terrific bang for your sewing buck with a below-knee length skirt that wraps nearly all the way around, and lined shoulder bands that extend into graceful slash-and gather ruffles.

Accessorize your apron or pinafore with our super easy Oven Mitt, featuring a unique construction technique that finishes the edge and creates a realistic-looking faux binding in one easy step. If you sell at craft fairs, you are going to love this pattern — even non-doll people will want these adorable mitts as Christmas tree ornaments!

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.

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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.

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