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Sew your own gymnastics or dance leotards with this pdf sewing pattern. This leotard goes a bit beyond the basics with a fun stripe design which looks especially good made up in rainbow stripes. Would also work well as a competition or training leotard made up in club colours.
Garments are designed to be made from stretch fabric and can be sewn up using an overlocker/ serger or a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine.
Pattern will fit girls in sizes 2-14 years.
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-Full size, computer drafted pattern pieces in all sizes specified. Pattern pieces can be printed on a standard letter or A4 home printer (so no resizing is necessary)
-All measurements in cm and inches.
-Full, detailed, illustrated sewing instructions.
-Instructions on how to print and piece together a tiled pdf pattern.
Never tried anything like this before but after having some tuition on how to use my overlocker I wanted to have a go at making a gymnastics leotard for my granddaughter. It came out right first time, I was so surprised and she was delighted with it and wore it with pride telling everyone that I had made it when it was admired. I did 3 colours, the contrast strips in separate colours. I found that if I tacked the strips together first before sewing they didn't slip. I also made the shorts with the waistband in the contrasting colours. I've now got the bug and there are two more in the pipeline for her. They look brilliant but they are not too difficult to do.
I'm making three sets of this leotard in sizes 4,6,8,10,12, and 14 as a fundraiser for my daughter's club. This is my first attempt at making a leotard (why start small, eh?) Here are my lessons learned now that one full set is now complete.
1. Read the cutting instructions thoroughly before cutting out your pieces. I accidentally cut the fourth strips out on the wrong side of the fabric - both the front and back pieces - which is why I'm doing 3 sets instead of the original 2 planned. (Set 3 will be a mirror of the original!)
2. I cut pieces one and two with the shoulder on a fabric fold, eliminating the need for a shoulder seam. (If you do this remember to subtract the seam allowance.)
3. I zigzag topstitched the elastic around the neck and armholes. After completing the first one, I decided it was worth trying to find thread in a color close to that of the fabric for topstitching the neck and armholes. It wasn't a perfect match but looked much better than just using a single color.
4. I used foldover elastic on the leg holes, and am glad I did instead of attaching elastic then folding over and topstitching. The only complaint my daughter has had so far is that she has to keep tugging the bottom down during class. (This could also be that my material was not quite stretchy enough.)
Overall, easy to do, looks fantastic - I will make lots more of these. The pieces are small enough that your fabric goes along way.
I love this pattern!! I used it to create a leotard for my daughter for her baton solo competition. It came out great. The pattern was easy to follow and came together easily. There are so many different options I will be able to make out of this in the future.
I was sooo excited to make this leotard, yet a little worried that I would mess it up royally! Good new- It was pretty straight forward and easy to put together! I made a two tiny mistakes but it wasn't bc of the pattern and now I know what to do (or not to do) next time! Luckily, my mistakes did not change the fit of the leotard. My year old daughter is thrilled and wore it to gymnastics the next day. We got a compliment the minute we walked in and my mommy friend said she couldn't even tell that I had made it. Squee! Can't wait to make another one. :)
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