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digital puppet show tunic, dress + shorts sewing pattern

digital puppet show tunic, dress + shorts sewing pattern
Price: $13.95
Brand: Oliver + S
Item: OLV-OS002PS
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Curtains up on this sweet ensemble! Tunic has short puffed sleeves with buttoned cuff, curved bodice seam, darts, and buttons in the back. Shorts have an elasticized waist, gathered pockets, and bias-trim leg opening. Tunic can also be made as a dress.

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digital puppet show tunic, dress + shorts sewing pattern
  • Digital Patterns

    This style is provided as a digital pattern. It may be printed on both home printers (using either 8 1/2" x 11" or A4 paper) and at service bureaus that handle 36" wide sheets. When you complete your order, you will be provided with a unique code to instantly download the pattern. See our digital product policy for full details.

    Printing Information, Sizes Birth-24M:

    • Instructions: 13 pages
    • Tiled pattern pieces: 19 pages
    • 36-inch pattern sheets: 1 page
    • A0 pattern sheets: not available for this pattern

    Printing Information, Sizes 2T-5:

    • Instructions: 13 pages
    • Tiled pattern pieces: 24 pages
    • 36-inch pattern sheets: 1 page
    • A0 pattern sheets: not available for this pattern


    Girl's tunic or dress and bloomer shorts. Tunic has short sleeves with narrow, buttoned cuff, curved bodice seam, and back button opening. Bloomer shorts have elasticized waist, gathered, bias-trimmed side pockets, and gathered leg opening with bias trim.

    Skills Used

    Each of our patterns calls on a unique set of sewing skills. Haven't ever done one of these things before? Don't worry. We'll walk you through it, step by step.

    After successfully sewing this pattern, you will have developed the following skills: bias binding, buttonholes, collar, darts, patch pockets, and set-in sleeves.

    Suggested Fabrics

    Designed for light- to medium-weight woven fabrics like cotton broadcloth, batiste or calico, and lightweight linen, denim, chambray, or seersucker.


    Tunic: Eight 3/8" or 1/2" buttons.
    Dress: 9 3/8"-1/2" buttons.
    Shorts: 1 yard of 3/4" elastic.

    puppet show tunic, dress + shorts sewing pattern

    Fabric Guide (fabric width: 44"-45")

    SIZE 0-3M 3-6M 6-12M 12-18M 18-24M
    Tunic, View A 5/8 yd 5/8 yd 5/8 yd 3/4 yd 3/4 yd
    Dress, View B 3/4 yd 7/8 yd 7/8 yd 7/8 yd 1 yd
    Accent Fabric 5/8 yd 5/8 yd 5/8 yd 5/8 yd 5/8 yd
    Lining 1/4 yd 1/4 yd 1/4 yd 1/4 yd 1/4 yd
    Interfacing 1/8 yd 1/8 yd 1/8 yd 1/8 yd 1/8 yd
    Shorts, View C 5/8 yd 5/8 yd 5/8 yd 3/4 yd 3/4 yd

    SIZE 2T 3T 4 5
    Tunic, View A 3/4 yd 7/8 yd 7/8 yd 7/8 yd
    Dress, View B 1 yd 1 1/8 yd 1 1/8 yd 1 1/4 yd
    Accent Fabric 5/8 yd 5/8 yd 5/8 yd 5/8 yd
    Lining 1/4 yd 1/4 yd 1/4 yd 1/4 yd
    Interfacing 1/8 yd 1/8 yd 1/8 yd 1/8 yd
    Shorts, View C 3/4 yd 7/8 yd 7/8 yd 7/8 yd

    Finished Measurements

    SIZE 0-3M 3-6M 6-12M 12-18M 18-24M
    Chest 22" 23" 24" 25" 26"
    Tunic Length 14 1/4" 14 3/4" 15 1/2" 16" 16 3/4"
    Dress Length 18 1/2" 19" 19 3/4" 20 1/4" 20 3/4"
    Shorts Hips 17 3/4" 18 1/2" 19 1/2" 20 3/4" 21 1/2"
    Shorts Length 7 1/2" 7 3/4" 8" 8 1/4" 8 1/2"

    SIZE 2T 3T 4 5
    Chest 26" 27" 28" 29"
    Tunic Length 17 1/2" 18" 19" 20"
    Dress Length 21 1/2" 22 1/2" 23 1/2" 24 1/4"
    Shorts Hips 21 1/2" 23" 24 1/2" 26"
    Shorts Length 8 3/4" 9" 9 3/8" 8 5/8"


  • English System
    Size Chest
    Birth-3M 17 17 ½ 17 ½ 17-23 7-12
    3-6M 18 18 ½ 18 ½ 23-27 12-17
    6-12M 19 19 ½ 19 ½ 27-29 17-22
    12-18M 19 ¾ 20 ½ 20 ½ 29-31 22-27
    18-24M 20 ½ 21 21 31-33 27-30
    2T 21 21 22 33-36 30-33
    3T 21 ½ 21 23 36-39 33-36
    4 22 ½ 21 ½ 24 39-42 36-39
    5 23 ½ 22 25 ½ 42-45 39-44


    Metric System
    Size Chest
    Birth-3M 43 43 43 43-58 3-5
    3-6M 46 46 46 58-69 5-8
    6-12M 48 50 50 69-74 8-10
    12-18M 50 52 51 74-79 10-12
    18-24M 52 53 56 79-84 12-14
    2T 53 53 56 84-91 14-15
    3T 55 53 58 91-99 15-16
    4 57 55 61 99-107 16-18
    5 60 56 65 107-114 18-20


  • Average rating: (4.7 of 5) based on 24 reviews

      Puppet show shorts
    Reviewed by Julia FT ( Verified Buyer) on 11/01/2020
    I love the pattern for these shorts! Very easy to make, excellent instructions, accurate sizing and super cute. I’ll definitely be making more pairs of these.
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      Pockets sweet
    Reviewed by zoe ( Verified Buyer) on 02/12/2019
    I've yet to use the full pattern, but have already borrowed the sweet gathered pockets on a simple dress I made from another pattern. Looking forward to making the tunic and shorts.
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      digital puppet show tunic and shorts
    Reviewed by Paula Connors ( Verified Buyer) on 11/27/2018
    This is the first Oliver and S pattern I made and I love it. Great instructions and beautiful shorts. I have made them many times for my granddaughter.
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      A lovely pattern!
    Reviewed by Loraine ( Verified Buyer) on 08/23/2018
    I enjoy the clever design, clear instructions and accuracy of these patterns, but there’s more! The pattern encourages me to try out a few different techniques, which means I am developing my skills. Great pattern: lovely tunic and shorts!
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    Reviewed by Alison ( Verified Buyer) on 07/12/2017
    I'm an intermediate sewer and found this pattern easy to follow. I do think that there may be a way to simplify some of the gathering processes in the shorts and I'm thinking of using fold over elastic for the binding of the pockets. My daughter loves hers and they look very professional. Lots of variations possible.
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      Cute pockets!
    Reviewed by Ann ( Verified Buyer) on 07/07/2017
    I bought this pattern for the shorts. My 5 year old daughter has skinny legs and this style has the bottom of the legs cinched in, so is much more modest for her. They look perfect. And those pockets won her over! I'd like to make the dress as well before she grows out of the sizing.
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      Awesome shorts
    Reviewed by Suzanne ( Verified Buyer) on 05/31/2017
    Thank you for this pattern...I made 2 pairs in a smaller size last summer for my daughter and constantly was asked where I bought them. I made 4 pairs this summer. They are awesome in Kaufman yarn dyed linen/cotton. I batch cut 4 pairs in about 2 hours and each pair can be sewn up in about 1.5 hrs.The perfect project for unwinding after bedtime for FT working moms.
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      Shorts Review - Lovely but Sizing Needs Work
    Reviewed by Beth ( Verified Buyer) on 10/29/2016
    I bought this pattern because I needed shorts for my little girl's summer wardrobe. I have not made the dress. I have been sewing for about 18 months and I put the shorts together without any trouble. They are SO cute and they seem comfortable. The pattern is also very clear and well-written, I found it very easy to put together. My only disappointment is that the sizing seems to run really small. My daughter is 16 months old so I bought the smaller pattern for her (she is very small for her age - in the 15th percentile). It was so small she couldn't get her legs in! I managed to work out how to enlarge it a bit but I would have been better off buying the larger sizes to start with. Annoying.
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      I'm a PDF pattern convert!
    Reviewed by Jill ( Verified Buyer) on 04/26/2016
    The pattern turned out great. I did the shorts in a medium-weight linen, and the shirt in a quilting cotton. I piped the collar and the curved front part. I would make it a little less trapeze-dress like--it's VERY loose fitting. I also finished all the seams with french seams.

    I like Oliver + S patterns because they often use linings and finish seams, so I wish all seams had been finished (and what is the best way to finish a seam on a gathered sleeve? i do not like serged/zig zag seams).

    I was very hesitant about the pdf patterns--I like the quality of the paper patterns, and was worried the printing and assembly would be a hassle. I was wrong! I actually PREFER the pdf patterns, as I don't have to trace the patterns (I don't cut them so that I can use multiple sizes). I am terribly old-fashioned in all ways relating to technology, and you have managed to convert me!
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      Great Pattern
    Reviewed by Katie on 04/23/2015
    This pattern is well written and is good for sewers with experience. I am almost done with my first dress and will be making more.
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      Digital puppet show shorts
    Reviewed by Paula on 04/10/2015
    I made the digital puppet show shorts for my first grandchild. I have made adult clothes before and clothes fro my children, but have never sewn for babies. IT FITTED PERFECTLY and they are so cute.
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      Cute shorts!!
    Reviewed by Elaine Laws on 03/26/2015
    These shorts were so easy to sew and look so cute on my DD. She can't for it to get warmer so she can wear them. Just wish I had found them before now since I am making the five!
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      best patterns ever created!!
    Reviewed by Kathleen Kelley on 02/18/2015
    I made the Puppet Show Tunic for my grand daughter for Valentine's Day. I did it on a blue chambray with two little lady bugs leaving a heart trail embroidered on the front. I love it and my daughter did too! I can't wait to sew the shorts for the summer! All I can say is, Oliver + S patterns, where have you been all my life? LOL!
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      Puppet show shorts
    Reviewed by Cheryl Jung on 02/18/2015
    These shorts are super cute! I used the digital pattern to sew shorts for my petite 7yo girl. The digital file was easy to assemble and the shorts came together beautifully. I love the details: the gathered pockets, the narrow cuff. I only wish the pattern went up to higher sizes!
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      Puppet show shorts
    Reviewed by Sandra Hartwig on 11/27/2014
    I am yet to make the tunic, but have made 3 pairs of the wee shorts for my granddaughter. Getting the pockets right was such a confidence booster. I plan to try the tunic next
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      Cute outfit
    Reviewed by Kerrilyn on 10/23/2014
    I have made 3 of these tops for my 5 yo. The only draw back for an independent little girl is that she can't reach the buttons to do it up her self, but she loves wearing them. I added an inch to the shorts length and it worked well. Those pockets are so cute. And as always the instructions are comprehensive.
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      Dress review
    Reviewed by Janie Sims on 09/02/2014
    The pattern is wonderful. The cuff on the sleeves was the only challenge and did not turn out as well as I expected
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      Beautiful, but sizing is tricky
    Reviewed by Katy on 07/07/2014
    I just finished this up for my almost two year old. I love it and I expect I will make several more. I read the reviews before I cut it out, so I measured my child carefully, including her thighs to make sure to make the right size. I made a size 2 for my 26 pound, 33 inch tall 22 month old. Her measurements on the Oliver and S size chart ranged from 12-18 month (waist and weight) to size 2 (height), so I thought the 2 would be a safe bet. The tunic is a bit large (great- room to grow!). The shorts fit, but I would prefer more ease or something. I don't think they will fit her for long. Next time I plan to make the size 3 shorts or use a smaller seam allowance all around. Definitely worth a second try. Also, Oliver and S has the best digital downloads. I have several of the paper patterns and am tempted to re-purchase them as digital. I like to print the instructions and bind them into a book. Makes it easy to refer to while sewing!
    3 of 3 customers found this helpful.
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      Looks lovely, newborn tunic not worth the effort
    Reviewed by Angie on 03/05/2014
    So this is the second Oliver & S pattern that I have made. I was excited as it was one of the few patterns that had a newborn size, so I could make something for my 7 week old girl to wear "now". She is on the 50th percentile so literally "of average size for her age", and measures well for the 0-3 month size pattern. I made the shorts first, and they fit perfectly. The waist measurement is that of her waist (37") and is a squeeze to get on around her nappy. (I wouldn't dream of trying with her cloth nappies, only disp.) Having said that, they look superb on, and were pretty straight forward to make. I can see how they can be a summer wardrobe staple :) I will be making more for sure for many years!!! ( I may have to extend the back inseam for a cloth nappy and perhaps blend sizes for the waist) The Tunic/ Dress.... This is definitely where the higher scissor rating comes from. I made the Tunic as the dress pattern pieces were almost as long as my child, more like a christening gown length. I slowly worked my way through the bodice and collar, and at a few points actually looked at what I was sewing and thought "Oh I am so glad for the detailed instructions" as I couldn't tell what it was!! I again made the smallest size, and barely got the little cuffs through the sewing machine (and the overlocker, oh my!!) I used snaps instead of buttons, and am glad as I don't think I could have done button holes on the tiny cuffs. If doing buttons I would probably make the button holes before the cuffs are sewn on. Regardless, the instructions are great (although I did read a few parts a few times) and the Tunic is soo cute!! The finished Tunic is very long (more like a dress), and the cuffs cannot be done up once on. The neck opening is the size of my daughters neck, so the top button has to be open to be worn. I am going to save this pattern (Tunic Dress) for an older age, and I think I may again blend between sizes. It is a great pattern and both pieces look great, I would suggest that you measure the child you are sewing for before you begin though :)
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      Shorts-Yes, But don't forget the Dress?
    Reviewed by Nicole on 09/18/2013
    Its a beautiful dress. I made it for my daughter to wear to kindy and it makes me smile every single time I see it on her. This pattern is a little trickier (then the others) and its not one to rush but it is so worth the effort to sew. If you are nervous, sew along with me. http://fiveandcounting-motherof5.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/a-puppet-show-for-kindy-part-one.html I found there was plenty of bias strip for the hem so double check that before cutting your precious Liberty. The shorts are cute and very popular. I really like the look of the flat front version illustrated on the packet front so I did a little tute for that. http://fiveandcounting-motherof5.blogspot.com.au/2013/02/puppet-show-shorts-tutorial.html A classic little tunic and shorts which I think would look so cute as a newborn set for a baby boy too. Imagine it in tartan for a wedding or pure white as a naming day ensemble. The internet sewing world was a happier place when these shorts were released as a digital pattern.
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      Love, just love.
    Reviewed by Brittney on 07/28/2013
    These shorts are a summer staple at our house! So, so cute! I have only made the dress once, but this just reminds me I need to make it again! Such a cute, classic look. I found Oliver + S just after this pattern was released digitally and it was the first one I purchased. Personally I prefer paper patterns but as it was impossible to find any longer I purchased the pdf, I was so impressed with it! Oliver + S digital patterns are literally the best I have ever seen.
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      Great for beginners and experienced
    Reviewed by Catherine L on 07/23/2013
    I discovered Oliver + S when my surprise baby was born nearly 4 years ago. I had been sewing for my older 4 children for nearly 20 years and could not be more satisfied with this and the other half dozen Oliver + S patterns that I've tried. I was one of those breathlessly awaiting the digital release and have made 2 shirts and 5 pairs of shorts with it. It fits beautifully on toddlers and little girls. The instructions are excellent, and with each pattern I've learned a new technique that really kicks my sewing up a notch.
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      Perfect instructions, tricky small sizes.
    Reviewed by Lightning McStitch on 07/08/2013
    This was the first Oliver + S pattern I used and almost the first sewing I did. Definitely diving in the deep end as there are plenty of tricky parts in the blouse but the instructions were superb and while I was slow, the end result was a beautiful outfit. This pattern began my love affair with Oliver + S and sewing for kids. Sadly it didn't fit the intended child. I've found the smallest sizes tend to run a bit small and the neck and sleeve cuffs have been too tight for the intended babies. My own daughter at 9 months could only just squeeze into the 12-18m size. The 18-24 months shorts could barely be dragged over her thighs at about 12 months. Measure carefully, as those chubby baby arms and legs could prevent your gorgeous outfit being worn, and almost certainly not one for the cloth nappie-d baby.
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      The one that started the PDF ball rolling!
    Reviewed by Sarvi on 07/03/2013
    If you were around in the online sewing world before O+S began their digital releases, you will remember that you couldn't post a photo of a garment you'd made from this pattern without being inundated with requests. When this went OOP (out of print) it became a holy grail of patterns and it seemed that every week there was a new thread in the forums asking for hints or tips on where you could beg, borrow, or steal a copy. Well, lucky you: it's now available digitally, and yes, those famous shorts really are *that* great. Don't overlook that fabulous blouse with its classic styling which has provided the base for everything from fresh, clean white blouses to Disney style costumes. By the time I was done with the rounded collar and slightly puffed sleeves I felt as though I was really ready to tackle almost any project. The instructions carefully guided me through gathering, sleeves, collar construction, button placket, and bias binding. That's a whole lot of technique all beautifully explained and shown, in a single pattern.
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  • Errata

    Please note that all errata have been corrected in the digital version of this pattern. These notes apply only to the printed version of the pattern.

    1. The first printed version of this pattern contained an error on pattern piece 15. You should trim 1 1/2" from one end of piece #15, the Bias Leg Trim, maintaining the same angle as the original piece. This adjustment should be made for all sizes as in the illustration shown below. This error has been corrected in the second printing of the pattern and in the digital version that is being sold now on our website.

    2. The final circumference of the leg opening, once adjusted andsewn, should measure as follows:

      0-3M 3-6M 6-12M 12-18M 18-24M 2T 3T 4 5
      8 3/4" 9 5/8" 10 3/8" 11" 11 3/4" 12 1/8" 12 7/8" 13 5/8" 14 3/8"

      This error has been corrected in the second printing of the pattern and in the digital version that is being sold now on our website.



    Determining Which Printing You Have

    As errata are discovered, they are marked for correction in subsequent printings of the pattern. To determine which printing of an instruction sheet or pattern sheet you have, look at the copyright box which appears on each. Toward the bottom of the box, there is a series of numbers.

    The lowest number you see there indicates which printing you have. For example, if the lowest number in the box on the instruction sheet is "2," you have an instruction sheet from the second printing. Any errors in the instructions mentioned for the first printing have been corrected in your version. If the lowest number in the box on the pattern sheet is "1," you have a copy of the pattern sheet from the first printing.

    Pattern sheets and instructions sheets can be printed separately, so be sure to check the errata notices for pattern pieces against the printing number on the pattern sheet and errata notices for instructions against the printing number on the instruction sheet.


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