|Pattern Description: Gymnastics leotard pattern. Leotards with or without sleeves (long or 3/4) and crotch lining. I made view B without sleeves.|
Pattern Sizing: From toddler 2 to ladies' 14. I made size P to fit her girth, and laid the pieces a bit over the fabric fold to make them a bit narrower since she's skinnier than size P. Really, though, there's enough negative ease in this pattern to make that unnecessary, at least for her size.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I printed them out from the website, which helped.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? My daughter liked that the leotard was a bit different without being overly crazy.
For some reason I was really slow to figure out that when I needed to baste the bands around the neck and armholes I needed to use a big zigzag -- I kept trying to put in a billion pins and use a long straight stitch. This doesn't work, in case you wondered -- the bands had all sorts of little pleats sewn in at every single pin.
She struggles getting the hook at the back neck hooked by herself, although it seems to be getting easier. There seems to be a big wad of fabric there. Maybe I didn't get the hook sewn on correctly; in my defense, it was the last thing I did, and I'd pretty much lost interest in the entire project at that point (which is why a bunch of basting stitches are still visible, too -- I lost the willpower to mess with this anymore).
Fabric Used: Some sort of spandex from JoAnn Fabrics.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I ended up lining the main body because the fabric was too sheer to use a single layer. Fortunately I had purchased extra fabric, so I just cut out another layer and used it as a lining. Unfortunately I had made the entire thing before I figured this out, so I had to take it back apart to line it. This was after the adventures in putting all the bands in twice, so essentially I made this leotard twice.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Actually, yes, I'd sew it again. Now that I know how to baste the bands and to examine the fabric more closely to figure out the need for a lining, it would be quite quick to make.
As a matter of fact, I used parts of the pattern again already to make a swimsuit frankenpattern.
Conclusion: Cute leotard that can be jazzed up or not as desired.
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