July 27, 2021

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The Doll Lovers Ultimate Resource Guide For The Olympics

The 2021 Olympics are here!  To herald in the exciting world event, we’ve put together the ultimate guide of how to get your doll ready for the Olympics!  Whether your doll is an athlete or a spectator, we’ve got something to help her show her team spirit.  For the US fans, any of these patterns will look perfect in red, white and blue! If you are representing another country, simply choose your country's color palette and show your team pride!  

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Original Modern Olympic Events

The modern Olympics started in 1896 in Athens, Greece and only had fourteen nations competing in it.  The only sports that were showcased during these Olympics were:  athletics (which is a form of track and field), cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting, swimming, tennis, weightlifting, and wrestling.  Check out these patterns from aleksandrajones to make uniforms for some of the original events:

Basic Leotard 18in

Gold Medal Track Suit 18in

Long Distance Running Outfit 18in

Team Spirit Leotard Pattern Hack

Free Swimsuit

Serve It Up! Tennis Dress

 

Newer Olympic Events

Since the beginning of the modern Olympics, dozens of new sports have been added.  The latest additions this year are surfing, skateboarding, rock-climbing, karate, and baseball/softball.  Starting at the end of this month, the Tokyo Olympics will feature nearly 400 events in 33 sports, including basketball, equestrian, golf, and volleyball.  Take a look at the patterns below for some superb athletic gear:

Shootin' Hoops Basketball Uniform

Karate Uniform

Atta Girl Baseball/Softball Uniform

Riding Pants, Riding Jacket, Riding Boots

Volleyball Net

 

What to Wear as a Spectator

Even if your doll isn’t an athlete, she can still get in on the Olympic spirit!  Here are some great patterns and DIYs for you to make that will be perfect for any watching occasion.  Whether she’s just watching casually with the family or attending a fun viewing party, we’ve got her covered:

How to Make a 4th of July Tee

How to Make a Starry 4th of July Headband

Surfrider Sundress and Romper

Summer in Japan Dress

Summer Picnic Outfit

 

For more inspiration, you can take a look at this People.com article for what Team USA’s offical summer uniforms have looked like over the past fifty years. The image below is from the 1984 Team - perfect for Courtney fans!

You can also take a look at the Ralph Lauren website to see the full collection of 2021 US Olympic Team wear. They are an an official outfitter for the team, they have a nice overview of the athletes and a variety of different clothing items for athletes and spectators alike! The Flagbearer Jacket especially caught my eye!

 

Finally, no Olympic look would be complete without a winning medal!  Take a gander at our Olympic Medal Tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to make your own.

 

We’d love to hear from you!  Leave a comment, and tell us which Olympic sport is your favorite! 

If you make something and share photos online, we'd love to see them! Use #pixiefaire when posting on Instagram or add your photos directly to our Inspiration Gallery for all to see!  

Thanks, everyone!

--The aleksandrajones Team :^)

 

 

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100 Comments

Jen H
Jen H

August 06, 2021

My favorites are swimming and beach volleyball. My husband loves track events.

S.C.
S.C.

August 02, 2021

I actually don’t really watch the olympics but because I play tennis then tennis is probably my favorite.

Christine
Christine

August 01, 2021

Womens Beach Volleyball is my favorite this time! I admire the athleticism and determination.

Vanessa
Vanessa

July 31, 2021

I don’t watch the olympics, but I do enjoy watching gymnastics!

Darlys
Darlys

July 30, 2021

Definitely gymnastics. I always wanted to be a gymnast when I was a little girl.

Debi Andrews-Roach
Debi Andrews-Roach

July 30, 2021

I love all the horse events

Melody
Melody

July 30, 2021

My favorite is the figure skating in the winter Olympics.

Monya
Monya

July 30, 2021

I love gymnastics but also beach volleyball, and swimming.

Cindy
Cindy

July 30, 2021

I love swimming and gymnastics.

Renee
Renee

July 30, 2021

I love gymnastics and swimming and diving

Kathleen Rowley
Kathleen Rowley

July 30, 2021

My favorite sport is the swimming competition in the Olympics!

Rose
Rose

July 30, 2021

Swimming and diving!

Caprice
Caprice

July 30, 2021

Gymnastics in summer. Figure skating and ice dancing in winter.

Leanna
Leanna

July 30, 2021

I love the gymnastics! In the winter, the ice skating is also very fun to watch.

Sharon
Sharon

July 30, 2021

I like badminton

Kim
Kim

July 30, 2021

Gymnastics and swimming are my 2 favorites events to watch.

Lei-Ann
Lei-Ann

July 30, 2021

Women’s gymnastics is my favorite! So proud of Suni Lee for winning the GOLD!!!

Bev Hiler
Bev Hiler

July 30, 2021

My favorite Olympic game is ice skating.

Sharon Cleland
Sharon Cleland

July 30, 2021

Love them all, but have to say I think gymnastics is awesome!

Jeri
Jeri

July 30, 2021

My favorite Olympic events are the equestrian events. I love the beautiful horses and how well the horse and rider work as a team.

Nora
Nora

July 30, 2021

It’s so hard to choose…1) gymnastics, then 2) diving, 3) swimming, 4) skateboarding. The stories, the wins, and even the disappointments; all stories are important as each participant has given SO MUCH to be there. GO USA!!

Laura
Laura

July 30, 2021

I love gymnastics and the pixie faire athletic patterns.

BrendaK
BrendaK

July 30, 2021

In summer olympics, my favorite is gymnastics with diving a close second.

Patt
Patt

July 30, 2021

I like watching gymnastics, but I have been impressed by the young women skateboarders.

Marcy Mahle
Marcy Mahle

July 30, 2021

Must admit that I really love the Winter Olympics especially the ice skating. As for Summer, I love the gymnastics.

Kathy W.
Kathy W.

July 30, 2021

We love to watch the Olympic games. My favorite is the synchronized diving.

Mary
Mary

July 30, 2021

I love swimming.

Alecia
Alecia

July 30, 2021

Gymnastics or Swimming….its really hard to pick!

Sheila
Sheila

July 30, 2021

love the ice skating and gymnastics

Julie Corbin
Julie Corbin

July 30, 2021

Gymnastics! It’s amazing how much talent and grace goes into those routines. Flips on a 4” balance beam? Please! I trip over my own two feet on flat ground. So impressive!

Judy
Judy

July 30, 2021

I love the swimming events in the Summer Olympics, especially the diving! Skating in the Winter Olympics is a must see event!

Ruth
Ruth

July 30, 2021

My favorite Olympic Sport is Gymnastics.

Julie W
Julie W

July 30, 2021

I tune in for women’s and men’s gymnastics, synchronized diving, and sometimes some of the skateboard events for the summer olympics, and figure skating for the winter olympics,

Christine
Christine

July 30, 2021

Skating and gymnastics are the best!

Carol
Carol

July 30, 2021

All of the events are exciting to watch. They put so much time into training, I commend all of them. My favorite is track/field followed by gymnastics.

Ann
Ann

July 30, 2021

Gymnastics is my favorite Olympic event.

Connie
Connie

July 30, 2021

Ice skating

Feriba
Feriba

July 30, 2021

Ice skating is definately my favorite

Kelly
Kelly

July 30, 2021

I love all of the events. But my very favorite is gymnastics. I love seeing nation opponents come together and encourage and for cheer each other. It restores my hope for humanity and kindness in the world, especially during this crazy time living during a pandemic.

Bettyann Laidlaw
Bettyann Laidlaw

July 30, 2021

Swimming for sure

S
S

July 30, 2021

I am split between gymnastics, swimming, and track/field as to what my favorite Olympic events.

Linda
Linda

July 30, 2021

Can’t beat the gymnastics! Especially the women’s— amazing strength and grace.

Katherine Ackerman
Katherine Ackerman

July 30, 2021

I like to watch gymnastics. Such control and beauty involved.

Andrea
Andrea

July 30, 2021

The equestrian events are my favourite! 🐴

Meg
Meg

July 30, 2021

It’s hard to pick one, but I guess it would be tennis.

Deborah
Deborah

July 30, 2021

My favorite summer Olympic sport is Gymnastics, followed by swimming. Surfing & skateboarding might be new favs too.

Ava
Ava

July 30, 2021

Gymnastics and ice skating during the Winter Olympics are my two favorites!

Ginger
Ginger

July 30, 2021

My favorite sport is women’s gymnastics.

Pat
Pat

July 30, 2021

gymnastics

Ruth Ann D.
Ruth Ann D.

July 30, 2021

My favorite summer event is women’s gymnastics and favorite winter event is figure skating.

Kathy
Kathy

July 30, 2021

My favorites are always the equestrian events

Melanie
Melanie

July 30, 2021

Gymnastics for the win!

Caroline Harkett
Caroline Harkett

July 30, 2021

I’m in New Zealand so it’s the rowing that rocks my boat.

Lorraine M
Lorraine M

July 29, 2021

Gymnastics and skating in the winter!

c
c

July 29, 2021

Gymnastics.

Marie-Josee
Marie-Josee

July 29, 2021

My Olympic sport is the gymnastic. Wish to win!!

Marichu
Marichu

July 29, 2021

Skateboarding!

Sandy
Sandy

July 29, 2021

Californians love WATER SPORTS! Water Polo is my favorite. Two of our grandsons (8 and 11) play intermural water polo between two nearby counties. For them it is a great sport and they have much fun. In addition, it encouraged the 11-year-old to participate in the Jr. Life Saving program at Huntington Beach, CA this summer. Not only does it teach lifesaving, it teaches common sense and responsibility.

Sherry
Sherry

July 29, 2021

Gymnastics is my favorite sport in the Olympics and my second favorite is diving and swimming.
Linda
Linda

July 29, 2021

I have always loved the gymnastics but swimming is exciting too! Thanks!

Doreen
Doreen

July 29, 2021

Love watching synchronized diving.

Ruth Ann
Ruth Ann

July 29, 2021

Women’s gymnastics is my favorite summer event and figure skating is my favorite winter event.

Karen
Karen

July 29, 2021

Gymnastics is my favorite event,

Sam
Sam

July 29, 2021

The equestrian events are my favorite

Marian Peoples
Marian Peoples

July 29, 2021

Love gymnastics, swimming, equestrian, track. Ok I am a big fan of many Olympic sports. This year is of special interest since the gymnastic team has an Auburn University rising freshman who won Gold in all- Around this year. I made a gymnastics leotard and warm up suit in her honor.

Eli
Eli

July 29, 2021

I love watching equestrian events because the horses are stunning and because men and women can compete against each other.

MARIA LUISA
MARIA LUISA

July 29, 2021

I love gymnastics, and swimming. This kids are doing such a nice job winning so many medals!

Maria L
Maria L

July 29, 2021

I love gymnastics, and swimming. This kids are doing such a nice job winning so many medals!

Carol Dunn
Carol Dunn

July 29, 2021

Gymnastics is my favorite to watch both the Women and the Men, I also like all the swimming events.

Joanne
Joanne

July 29, 2021

Gymnastics & Women’s Beach Volleyball!
Go USA!

Sandy Wellman
Sandy Wellman

July 29, 2021

Love gymnastics and some of the swimming events.

Linda
Linda

July 29, 2021

Love to watch the swimming, they just seem to glide through the water.

Helen
Helen

July 29, 2021

My favorites are gymnastics and basketball.

Jackie
Jackie

July 29, 2021

My favorite Olympic sports are Gymnastics and the equestrian events.

Vicki
Vicki

July 29, 2021

I love the swimming.

Tatum
Tatum

July 29, 2021

Women’s Gymnastics is hard to top – those ladies are power packs! But I am so excited that they added skateboarding. :)

Angela
Angela

July 29, 2021

Women’s gymnastics are my favorite!

SueS
SueS

July 29, 2021

I love watching the sports such as curling, archery and rifle shooting that aren’t as widely popular.

Renee B
Renee B

July 29, 2021

We really like to watch the swim races and the diving. Ladies gymnastics are a favorite also. This time I was also watching ladies softball and water polo. I can’t imagine treading water and throwing a ball for so long, and I used to swim a lot! It’s hard to get any sewing done as the TV is in another room!

Bev Grodzinski
Bev Grodzinski

July 29, 2021

Women’s Rowing! Everyone is part of a team and each and every girl pulls their own weight. They have to have balance;be level headed and be insync with each other. Not one girl will ever rock the boat because they are stroking forward GOLD. You go girls!

Julie
Julie

July 29, 2021

I enjoy soccer and artistic swimming.

Deb
Deb

July 29, 2021

Swimming and diving are my favorite. Really liked the touch of Olympic history in the blog.

Shelley
Shelley

July 29, 2021

My favorite is the equestrian events.

Shelley
Shelley

July 29, 2021

I love the equestrian events.

Connie
Connie

July 29, 2021

Gymnastics is my favorite.

Kathi M
Kathi M

July 29, 2021

Gymnastics are my favorite

Mary
Mary

July 29, 2021

it’s so hard to pick a favorite – love the water sports & gymnastics.

Eileen
Eileen

July 29, 2021

Equestrian, the athleticism of the rider amazes me. The horses are pure power under control. Wish I was like that.

Dawn
Dawn

July 29, 2021

Discus, it was my favorite in highschool.

Kay
Kay

July 29, 2021

Actually as much as I hate the cold. I really like watching the Bob sled. I got hooked after watching the Jamaica Bob Sled movie with John Candy. But I do like the gymnastics and respect Simone Biles choice too.

Kathy Sisler
Kathy Sisler

July 29, 2021

Gymnastics is my favorite.

Renata Streeter
Renata Streeter

July 29, 2021

I have really enjoyed the triathlon!

Debi
Debi

July 29, 2021

I love gymnastics!!!

gladys
gladys

July 29, 2021

Rowing, Ireland have just got a gold

Constance
Constance

July 29, 2021

Gymnastics is my favorite, specifically the floor routines.

Linda Ditgen
Linda Ditgen

July 29, 2021

I love the gymnastics.

Magda
Magda

July 28, 2021

I love to watch gymnastics & athletics short / long distance & field events.

Martha
Martha

July 28, 2021

Women’s soccer is a favorite, but I am delighted rock-climbing was added to the Olympics because my son-in-law worked for years to get it included.

Lory
Lory

July 28, 2021

Ice skating is my favorite Olympic sport.

Katherine
Katherine

July 28, 2021

I really enjoy synchronized diving.

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