Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Sewing//Ballet Leotard

"There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them"
-Vicki Baum

Hello, hello, hello!
Toady I thought I'd finally share a new skill I have been learning.
 Leotard making.
Working at a dance theatre, you would think sewing leos would be a skill we use regularly. However, many times it is cheaper to buy sets of leos and add decoration as needed. That being said, early this year I decided to step into the great world of leotard sewing. It was a pleasant foray and first attempt, and much of the success is due to a great pattern I found on Etsy. I highly recommend it.

One of the reasons for making this leo was, of course, to gain the skill, but another was to see if I could create some one-of-a-kind designs. I also want to be able to  make larger sized leos for girls who do not have the "ballet body", so to speak. In addition, I played around with bust support options.

View #1: Leo with Skirt
I love this leo pattern because of the sweetheart neckline and sleeve option. The lace yoke is great for coverage but still keeps the dancer feeling pretty. As you can see I had enough fabric to make a separate skirt.


 View #2 : Inside Liner
If you are not familiar with leotards, most of the ones for teens/adults have a liner for the bust.
I had yet to stash some nude spandex fabric when I sewed this, so I used the same fabric on the inside. Bra elastic cinches the liner in place.

View# 3: Bust Padding
Let us just say I have watched on as one too many teen girls, who needed some extra protection and  lacked it, scampered off to the ballet barre! My insides just cry out, saying "There must be another way!" I just tacked some pads in this liner as a test, and hope to sew them down on future leos.  While many girls wear dance bras, I hope this can also be a solution.

View #4: Crotch Liner
Here again is the outside fabric being used inside, at the crotch this time. Works just fine and adds prettiness. Generally, one would just use a plain nude spandex like the liner shelf. You can also see a bit how the leg holes are turned under (they are elasticized a bit) and stitched with a zig-zag. 

View #5 : Skirt
The skirt was literally sewn from a long (uneven) piece of leftover fabric. I just went with the asymmetrical thing going on, and used it as a design detail. The stretchy waistband (just made from the leftover lace I used on the yoke)  is super comfy and easy to dance in. The hem has some lace for added detail.

Looking over this post, I realize it might be a little awkward to read for those not familiar with the intimate details of dance wear.  So sorry. I do hope however, that sewers and dancers (and even people just interested in clothing construction) will find this interesting to read. 

Much love,
Yours ever dancing and sewing,

Lexi

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