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Date: 2/16/12 11:52 AM

I saw all the "highly recommended" reviews for this pattern, but to be honest, I'm not having ANY luck with it! The elastic recommendations on the pattern seem ridiculously small. I made a size I and with the elastic in the arm holes the right size, the arms were too small for even my 3 year old (the pattern was made for her older sister)!
I also tried to line one version of a leotard I attempted and my daughter complains that the lining is itchy. Does anyone have recommendations for good linings? I bought nude stretch lining material, but apparently my girls don't care for it.
And I saw a few reviews that said to just measure the openings and match the length of elastic almost 1 to 1 to the opening size for the arms and neck holes. That seems to work fairly well for the arms and neck, but I'm not sure it will work with the legs. Any thoughts? Recommendations?? I've had a LOT more failures than successes at this point and I'm getting super frustrated!

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Date: 2/16/12 1:26 PM

I am one of the reviewers who love this pattern but did note the elastic measurements were too small in the size I made. Just ignore it and apply the elastic 1 to 1 or with a very slight stretch to it.

I have used swimsuit lining to line leotards when necessary. I am getting lazier and trying harder to get fabric that doesn't need lining. Look at the RTW leos at your gym...they are not lined. You can also put lining in so the seams are between the lining and Leo. It may be the seam your daughter is complaining about more than the fabric.

My best advice? Get Jaile's new tank style Leo pattern. It is so quick and simple you can spend your time on sparkling it up instead os sewing.

ETA: for the leg elastic, you do want it a little smaller. I don't remember a problem with that elastic length. However, generally Jalie leg elastic is a bit snug looking. You could add a little length and be OK if your daughter won't like it snug.

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Date: 2/16/12 7:03 PM

The Jalie tank style where you have to apply binding instead of just elastic? I actually bought that one too, but assumed that 2792 would be easier than tackling the binding. (Plus, I seem to have various shades of fabric but none that would really look great as binding! haha)

I saw your reviews for both leotards and appreciate your comment. I suppose I'll keep trucking. I'm working on another size I from 2792 and, hopefully, it will turn out fine. I just have to wait on more elastic before I tackle the legs.

Two more questions, if you don't mind:
Do you know of a pattern for a one piece front and back with elastic arm and neck holes? Jalie doesn't seem to have one.
And is knit lame okay to use on leotards? My daughters love this hot pink knit lame I found, but I wasn't sure it would work with a leotard.

Thank you so much!

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Date: 2/16/12 10:05 PM

That binding is easy-peasy! Don't let that slow you down. I think you could use elastic in the tank pattern if you wanted to.

How much stretch does the pink lame have? If it's got enough stretch, pink lame would be cool...but maybe not for the whole thing? What do you think?

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Date: 2/17/12 9:53 AM

The pink lame makes me feel like we're bringing ABBA to gymnastics. The girls love it, so why not? I used a smooth glide foot for the sewing machine and that helped tremendously. I don't think it feels as nice as the nylon spandex (and the girls love that the lined ones can double as swimsuits). My girls are young enough that they don't know any better, so we're having fun with it.

I just wish that I could have more successes than failures. To be a jerk, I'm not used to messing up quite so often. That might be why leotards are a good challenge for me!

Another question for you: How do you keep the neckline from pulling to the outside when they're wearing it? (Does that even make sense?)

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Date: 2/17/12 11:08 AM

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Another question for you: How do you keep the neckline from pulling to the outside when they're wearing it? (Does that even make sense?)

Pierce - I had that problem awhile back and I think it was solved by getting the zig zag placement on the elastic right. The Kwik Sew book says to use a wide stitch with longer than medium length to sew it down and to sew in the middle of the elastic. When you turn and topstitch it, use a narrower zig zag with a shorter than medium stitch length, sewing close to the edge of the elastic.

For leg openings you need to stretch the elastic a bit more on the area under the "cheeks" and do closer to a 1 to 1 on the front of the leg.

You are lucky to have kids to sew for and experiment with. As you say, they are happy even with things we wouldn't necessarily wear ourselves and they use less fabric, so it is cheaper if we make wadders! Hope some of this helps.

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Date: 2/20/12 3:24 PM

Okay, so I'm reporting back after two semi-successes. I made Jallie 3138 (the leotard with the binding--I think that's the right number!) for both my 3 year old and my 5 year old. I used much higher quality lycra for the binding for the 5 year old's leotard and it looks much better than the binding I used for the 3 year old's. BUT--Even though I made the same size in the 3138 as I did in the 2792, it is not form fitting against the small of her back. Instead, it isn't even touching that part of her body. She says it's "loose," but it looks as though then girth doesn't fit the same as it does in 2792. She doesn't have this problem in leotards that I have bought for her. Any ideas??

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Date: 2/20/12 3:25 PM

And thank you both so much for your help! I have enjoyed having someone to talk to about this. I don't know anyone that even attempts leotards, so this has been a HUGE help!

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Date: 2/20/12 9:58 PM

I don't have the patterns in front of me. That isn't a complaint my daughter made of the new one and I don't remember it looking loose there...hmmmm...did you measure the circumference at that point? My daughter's first ones were a touch long in the back but since I made a longer size than her measurements that was no surprise! She has already grown into them.

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Date: 2/21/12 11:24 AM

I compared the two patterns and 2792 seems to be cut for a smaller waist and bigger hips. So--I combined the two patterns to accomodate my 5 year old's waist and hips but still have the tank style front and back. It seems to fit perfectly, but I think it will only last a few months! There is ZERO growing room! haha But, she's happy. We have gymnastics this afternoon, so we'll see how it works out.
As for the 3 year old, she seems to be a 4 in girth and a 2 in the chest, so she is a little bit more of a challenge. I'm attempting to redo the neckline and arms of the 3138 leotard I made for her so that it fits a bit tighter up top.
I'm enjoying the process and now both girls have WAY too many leotards! Thank you again!

And the advice for how to sew the neckline was spot on. I had excellent results! I need to find a copy of that book, but my library doesn't carry it and Amazon says it's 25 bucks used! boo.

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